30 Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Books

A Listmania! list by Sage Kalmus (U.S.)
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The list author says: "The end of the world is nigh...or so they say. Whether it's plague, climatic disaster, or something far more mysterious, what happens afterwards is the inspiration for these wild visions - some disturbing, others inspiring."
The Stand
1.  The Stand by Stephen King
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  "The seminal work of post-apocalyptic fiction."
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A Canticle for Leibowitz
2.  A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
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  "This 1959 classic of the genre was one of the first and fiercest indictments of the nuclear possibility that literature has presented."
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Lucifer's Hammer
3.  Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven
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  "Not the first post-apocalyptic yarn by any measure. But maybe the best."
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Free Will Flux
4.  Free Will Flux by Sage Kalmus
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  "A worldwide earthquake. A planet in chaos. Reality's fabric - time, space, matter - unraveling. Into this, a man without a past awakens."
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Cat's Cradle
5.  Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
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  "In Ice 9, Vonnegut came up with the most inventive cause of the apocalypse ever!"
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Oryx and Crake
6.  Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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  "A cautionary tale for a culture on the brink."
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The Year of the Flood: A Novel
7.  The Year of the Flood: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
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  "More from the world of Oryx and Crake told from two of the other characters' perspectives."
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The Last Man
8.  The Last Man by Hugh J. Luke Jr.
The list author says:
  "Mary Shelley (of the original Frankenstein) writes of the year 2100 back in 1812 in a prescient quest for meaning and salvation from our own devices. Looks like it's going to be a film soon too."
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Alas, Babylon
9.  Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
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  "Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances when those extraordinary circumstances are the end of the world."
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Earth Abides
10.  Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
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  "What awaits the lone survivor of a plague that wipes out humanity?"
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Wastelands
11.  Wastelands by George R. R. Martin
The list author says:
  "OK, it's not a novel per se, but still, all these short stories are on the apocalypse, and they're from some of speculative fiction's best, like Stephen King, Jonathan Lethem, and Orson Scott Card."
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Amnesia Moon
12.  Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem
The list author says:
  "How the world beyond the end of the world might look once the frontiers of the mind have been crossed."
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The Postman
13.  The Postman by David Brin
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  "A strange beacon of hope in a post-war apocalypse. You may remember the Kevin Costner film, but the book is (even) better."
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The Oblivion Society
14.  The Oblivion Society by Marcus Alexander Hart
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  "The end of the world has never been so much fun. This cynical romp punches a hole in the whole genre."
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Wind In The Ashes
15.  Wind In The Ashes by William W. Johnstone
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  "Hardcore post-apocalyptic action adventure, old western style."
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Last Light
16.  Last Light by Alex Scarrow
The list author says:
  "Civilization will be the death of mankind, but not in its due course. Because the power brokers who designed the world as we know are at it again. And if they can't have the world their way, then no one can."
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One Second After
17.  One Second After by William R. Forstchen
The list author says:
  "Forget about the day after. Can we even survive past the moments after?"
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The Walk
18.  The Walk by Lee Goldberg
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  "If the end of the world were televised, it might look like this."
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Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse: A Novel
19.  Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse: A Novel by Victor Gischler
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  "A base and bawdy satire of the hysterical mass post-apocalyptic vision, the apocalypse here seems more to be one of the soul."
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Snowfall (The Snowfall Trilogy, Book 1)
20.  Snowfall (The Snowfall Trilogy, Book 1) by Mitchell Smith
The list author says:
  "A stark survival anthem for the human spirit, set against a bitter and brutal post-apocalyptic backdrop as a man tries to lead his family from the deathly northern cold to more temperate southern climes."
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Everything Matters!: A Novel
21.  Everything Matters!: A Novel by Ron Currie, Jr.
The list author says:
  "How would you live your life if you knew from the very beginning how it all would end. Not your life, but the world. And you'll be around to see it. A powerful meditation on finding meaning."
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Mara and Dann: An Adventure
22.  Mara and Dann: An Adventure by Doris Lessing
The list author says:
  "In Doris Lessing's post-apocalyptic ice age, children are a precious commodity, someone's taking them in the night. But is it for their own good?"
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Three Mokes East
23.  Three Mokes East by Philip Revene
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  "A vivid and well-researched history of the future as seen on a road trip across an American wasteland."
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Moonlight
24.  Moonlight by Keith Knapp
The list author says:
  "Zombies and vampires populate this gory post-apocalyptic reality, with horrific consequences."
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Quentel: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel
25.  Quentel: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel by Deric Budendorf
The list author says:
  "Think "Lord of the Flies" on a global scale."
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Swan Song
26.  Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon
The list author says:
  "A good vs. evil tale with rich and immensely lovable characters set in a post-nuclear world, you almost forget it's classified as "horror"."
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Eternity Road
27.  Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt
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  "The search for the proverbial tree of knowledge in the ashes of an industrial and technological Eden."
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The Scarlet Plague
28.  The Scarlet Plague by Jack London
The list author says:
  "Classic novelist Jack London presents a unique type of post-apocalyptic tale, one about the present as told by an elder to the children of a future born from its ashes."
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Summer of the Apocalypse
29.  Summer of the Apocalypse by James Van Pelt
The list author says:
  "A far-reaching fathers and sons tale told in two time periods through the same characters perspective, the plot resonates with the dualistic themes of past and future, old and new, tradition and invention, control and adaptation."
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Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
30.  Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles
The list author says:
  "This neo-militaristic tale focuses on the socio-political ramifications of the end of the world, a stimulating read whether you agree with the reasoning or not."
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