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Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels

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List of famous apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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    The ends of the circle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    The ends of the circle

    Paul O. Williams

    SubjectsMatriarchy, Nuclear warfare

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

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    The fall of the shell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    The fall of the shell

    Paul O. Williams

    SubjectsMatriarchy, Nuclear warfare, False imprisonment

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

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    The sword of forbearance is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    The sword of forbearance

    Paul O. Williams

    SubjectsNuclear weapon

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

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    The song of the axe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    The song of the axe

    Paul O. Williams

    SubjectsNuclear warfare, Exploration

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

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    Crater Lake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Crater Lake

    James Axler, Laurence James

    First Published1987-08

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Homeward Bound is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Homeward Bound

    James Axler, Laurence James

    First Published1988-01

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Chill Factor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Chill Factor

    James Axler, Laurence James

    First Published1992-05

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Chill Factor is the fifteenth book in the series of Deathlands. It was written by Laurence... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Breaking of Northwall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    SubjectsMatriarchy, Nuclear warfare

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

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    The Children's Hospital is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels

    First Published2006

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Children's Hospital is the second novel by Chris Adrian, published on August 22, 2006 by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Swan Song is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Swan Song

    Robert R. McCammon

    First Published1987

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Dystopia, Horror Film, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Swan Song is a 1987 horror novel by American novelist Robert R. McCammon. It is a work of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Alas, Babylon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Alas, Babylon

    Pat Frank

    First Published1959

    SubjectsSurvival skills, Literature, Classics, Florida, Nuclear warfare

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction, Novel, Reference

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Alas, Babylon is a 1959 novel by American writer Pat Frank. It was one of the first... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Canticle for Leibowitz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    Walter M. Miller, Jr.

    First Published1960

    SubjectsAmerican science fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Christianity, Classics, Monasticism

    Genres (Book)Post-holocaust, Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Brother in the Land is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Brother in the Land

    Robert Swindells

    First Published1984

    Genres (Book)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Young adult literature, Novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Brother in the Land is a 1984 post-apocalyptic novel by Robert E. "Bob" Swindells. It follows... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Cold Asylum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Cold Asylum

    James Axler, Laurence James

    First Published1994-04

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Cold Asylum is the twentieth book in the series of Deathlands. It was written by Laurence... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dectra Chain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Dectra Chain

    James Axler, Laurence James

    First Published1988-09

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Deep Empire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Deep Empire

    James Axler, Laurence James

    First Published1994-01

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Deep Empire is the nineteenth book in the series of Deathlands. It was written by Laurence... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dies the Fire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Dies the Fire

    S. M. Stirling

    SubjectsOregon, Idaho

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Alternate history, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Dies the Fire is a 2004 alternate history and post-apocalyptic novel written by S. M.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Empty World is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Empty World

    Samuel Youd

    First Published1977-09-29

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Empty World is a science fiction novel written by John Christopher aimed at an adolescent... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Fitzpatrick's War is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Fitzpatrick's War

    Theodore Judson

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Novel, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Fitzpatrick's War is a work of post-apocalyptic fiction by Theodore Judson. It was first... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Fury's Pilgrims is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Fury's Pilgrims

    James Axler, Laurence James

    First Published1993-01

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Fury's Pilgrims is the seventeenth book in the series of Deathlands. It was written by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Genesis Echo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Genesis Echo

    James Axler, Laurence James

    First Published1995-03

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    Glorious Appearing is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Glorious Appearing

    Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Glorious Appearing: The End of Days is the 12th book in the Left Behind series. Released on... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Ice and Fire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    Ice and Fire

    James Axler, Laurence James

    First Published1988-12

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    In Watermelon Sugar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    In Watermelon Sugar

    Richard Brautigan

    First Published1968-06-14

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    In Watermelon Sugar is a novel written by Richard Brautigan and published in 1968. It is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Apocalyptic And Post-apocalyptic Fiction Books and Novels
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    I Am Legend

    Richard Matheson

    First Published1954

    SubjectsApocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Horror tales, American, Horror Film, Vampire

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Dystopia, Horror Film, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    I Am Legend is a 1954 horror fiction novel by American writer Richard Matheson. It was... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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