Apocalypse By Type

We have so many ways to end civilization now that we’ve had to break them down into sub-categories. Here are the types of apocalypses we might expect:

  • hard apocalypse — “The living will envy the dead” (The Road, Mad Max, Terminator)
  • soft apocalypse — It’s over, but it still goes on (Alas, Babylon, World Made by Hand, Earth Abides)
  • happy apocalypse — It might be over, but now we’ve got something better (Always Coming Home, Ecotopia, and various other utopias)
  • cozy catastrophe, where apparently you get to ride out the apocalypse in a comfortable country house (The Day of the Triffids)

“Welcome to the Soft Apocalypse” lists media that you might enjoy if you favor the middle ground.

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