Post-Apocalyptic Fiction: Essential Reading

I will be listing books individually with notes, but first here is a list of just the essential reads. If you’re new to the genre of post-apocalyptic fiction, this is where to start. This list gives a good cross-section of types of post-apocalyptic books, with examples from science fiction, horror, and mainstream writers.

  1. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  2. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  3. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  4. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  5. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  6. Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  7. The Postman by David Brin
  8. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
  9. World War Z by Max Brooks
  10. The Stand by Stephen King
  11. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
  12. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  13. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
  14. Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
  15. Lilith’s Brood by Octavia Butler
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