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.