Top 10 End of the World Novels
Uncategorized / February 1, 2018

10. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (1949) How The World Ends: Super epidemic wipes out most of humanity, leaving only very scattered survivors. Scenario: The protagonist tries to maintain the memory of civilization as the leader of a tiny post-plague community. Despite being over 60 years old, Earth Abides holds up very well as a work of post-Apocalyptic science fiction. The story begins as a last man alive tale, and turns more philosophical once the protagonist begins to assemble a band of survivors who scratch out a living among the ruins of San Francisco. Likelihood of Scenario Coming True: 3 out of 10. A worldwide pandemic is among the more plausible doomsday scenarios, and Stewart’s observations of the tribalism that would likely arise among the survivors are chillingly realistic. 9. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (1951) How The World Ends: A mysterious comet passes by Earth, leaving nearly all of humanity blinded in its wake. Scenario: One survivor who retains his sight battles for survival in a world rapidly being overrun by mobile, man-eating plants called Triffids. The opening sequence, in which the protagonist wakes up in a deserted hospital, was chillingly reproduced in the movie…