One big undying interest of mine; post-apocalyptic genre and its many subcategories that seem to belong to it, like in books, movies, T.V., games. So it bring the subject at hand to ask “what if?”, I mean really, what if the world suddenly went through that sudden drastic change, and we are all so taken unaware, and unprepared, what would we do? I know the zombie genre is big right now with this, and so are a lot of the dystopian backgrounds with books and films. I don’t shy away from those, but I do find either aftermath of eco-terrorism and natural causes, (nature, meteor, or even hidden phenomenon) more inviting to read or watch or play.
There was a time I didn’t find any will draw into this type of genre, but like a light switch, I was captured and held in. There are two deciding factors that probably inhibited this sudden fascination to the post-apocalyptic genre and I’ll share that for you now.
I had purchased the release of Bethesda Softworks game Fallout 3, (a post-apocalyptic sci-fi action role-playing open world video game which takes place in the year 2277 200 years after the nuclear apocalypse ) in late fall, but probably gave up playing the game 20 minutes into it because I didn’t fancy the early 50’s playback motif. There might have been other reasons, but I had just stopped playing it. Six months later, a nearly fatal car accident I had been in probably reconstructed my outlook on life.
Back at home on medical leave for a few months, I start to play Fallout 3 all the way through. I had a lot of medical issues probably with my stability and thought processing for a short while, and my vision was utter crap. So, in a lot of ways, my body looked like it had suffered mass destruction of radiation, and turmoil.
I read books to help get my sight back, which really did help, but I think I started to realize my interests were solely in the conditions of where my current state was in. A wasteland of ruin. Not the best way to look at life when you’re on the road to heal and recovery, but that’s just how I think I went about it.
So, I picked up ‘I am Legend’ by Richard Matheson, because I liked his novel ‘What dreams May come’, and ‘Somewhere In Time’. There was the film with Will Smith, but I didn’t like the film too much, and it turns out, the book its self was far better than the film.
It only continued on from there, so I’ll cut the story there. I want to go ahead and leave to you some excellent recommendations to Movies, Games, and Books in this category if you’re interested.
I’ll make three or four mentions of each.
Earth Abides by George R. Stewart- It tells the story of the fall of civilization from deadly disease and its rebirth. The story was set in the United States in the 1940s, in Berkeley, California. Isherwood Williams emerges from isolation in the mountains to find almost everyone dead.
The Passage Novel Series by Justin Cronin- What begins as a project to develop a new immunity-boosting drug based on a virus carried by an unnamed species of bat in South America eventually becomes the virus that transforms the world. The novel begins in 2014 and spans more than ninety years, as colonies of humans attempt to live in a world filled with superhuman creatures who are continually on the hunt for fresh blood.
The Road by Cormac McCarthy- tale of a journey of a father and his young son over a period of several months, across a landscape blasted by an unspecified cataclysm that has destroyed most of civilization and, in the intervening years, almost all life on Earth.
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.- It tells of a post-apocalyptic world previously destroyed by Man kind’s search for a “perfect world”. As years go by, a young monk by the name of Francis uncovers ancient design work by a man named Leibowitz.
The Book of Eli- The story revolves around Eli, a nomad in a post-apocalyptic world, who is told by a voice to deliver his copy of a mysterious book to a safe location on the West Coast of the United States. The history of the post-war world is explained along the way, as is the importance of Eli’s task. Filming began in February 2009 and took place in New Mexico.
Snowpiercer- In 2014, an experiment to counteract global warming causes an ice age that kills nearly all life on Earth. The only survivors are the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a massive train, powered by a perpetual-motion engine, which travels on a globe-spanning track. A class system is installed, with the elites inhabiting the front of the train and poor inhabiting the tail.
Children of Men- (also a book)- In 2027, after 18 years of global human infertility, civilization is on the brink of collapse as humanity faces the grim reality of extinction. The United Kingdom, the only stable nation with a functioning government, has been deluged by asylum seekers from around the world, fleeing the chaos and war which has taken hold in most countries. In response, Britain has become a militarized police state as British forces round up and detain immigrants. Theo Faron, a former activist turned cynical bureaucrat, is kidnapped by a militant immigrants’ rights group known as the Fishes. Their leader turns out to be his estranged American wife Julian Taylor, from whom he separated after their son died from a flu pandemic in 2008.
Fallout 3 of course
Metro 2033- (based off the book) The game is played from the perspective of Artyom, the player-character. The story takes place in post-apocalyptic Moscow, mostly inside the metro system, but occasionally missions bring the player above-ground.
Dawn 2055- (still in development stages but playable) A wasteland staged in the deserts of Nevada and California, where as browser mmo’s go, it’s a casual playing game, where you can pull away and start back it in playing in time. The fundamentals speak highly of joining gangs.