My favorite end-of-the-world books
As we all know, the world is coming to an end tomorrow (and if you’re reading this after May 21, then you obviously weren’t good enough to make the Rapture), so why not kick back and spend the last few hours on the earth reading a good post-apocalyptic disaster novel? I’m a fan of the genre, and these are a few of my favorites, organizaed by the means to mankind’s demise….
The Stand by Stephen King
Bio-engineered flu wips out humanity.
Blood Music by Greg Bear
The original “grey goo” novel.
The Rift by Walter Williams
The Big One hits – at the New Madrid fault, tearing America in two.
Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Purnelle
Big meteor. Bigger bang.
The Last Ship
There are tons of great post-nuke books, but this unique one, from the perspective of a Navy ship at sea, is an underrated gem.
Out of the Dark by David Weber
A nice solid, fun alien invasion set in the Internet era.
World War Z by Max Brooks
Hungry zombies. Lots of guns.
World Made by Hand by James Kunstler
Life in small town after a sudden decline in the world’s oil
Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh
There’s nothing Great about this Depression, but the book is stunning.
Dies the Fire by S. M. Stirling
The laws of physics change with devastating consequences to civilization
Children of Men by P. D. James
No more babies.
Evolution by Stephen Baxter
Life evolves. Humans do not (at least not anything like what we would expect). And yeah, Baxter’s on here twice. He’s that good.
Aftermath by Charles Sheffield
When a nearby star goes supernova, things do not look good for little old Earth