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List of nuclear holocaust fiction

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This list of nuclear holocaust fiction lists the many works of speculative fiction that attempt to describe a world during or after a massive nuclear war, nuclear holocaust, or crash of civilization due to a nuclear electromagnetic pulse.

Contents

Television programs

  • A Day Called 'X' (CBS, 1957)
  • The War Game (BBC, 1965)
  • Level Seven (BBC, 1966), adapted by J. B. Priestley for Out of the Unknown
  • Genesis II (CBS, 1973)
  • Planet Earth (ABC, 1974)
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (NBC, 1979)
  • Whoops Apocalypse (ITV, 1982)
  • World War III miniseries (1982)
  • The Day After (ABC, 1983)
  • Special Bulletin (NBC, 1983)
  • Testament (PBS, 1983)
  • Countdown to Looking Glass (HBO, 1984)
  • Threads (BBC, 1984)
  • By Dawn's Early Light (HBO, 1990)
  • Woops! (Fox, 1992)
  • Der Dritte Weltkrieg (ZDF, 1998)
  • Fail Safe (CBS, 2000)
  • On the Beach (Showtime, 2000)
  • Battlestar Galactica (Sci-Fi, 2003, 2004–2009)
  • Jericho (CBS, 2006–2008)
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox, 2008–2009)
  • Adventure Time (Cartoon Network, 2010–)
  • The 100 (The CW, 2014–)
  • Television episodes

  • The Motorola Television Hour: "Atomic Attack" (1954 ABC-TV series Season 1, Episode 15) - A family living 50 miles away try to flee from the fallout of an atomic bomb that fell on New York City. Based on the novel Shadow on the Hearth (1950) by Judith Merrill.
  • The Twilight Zone: "Time Enough at Last" (1959)
  • Playhouse 90: "Alas, Babylon" (1960)
  • The Twilight Zone: "The Old Man in the Cave" (1963)
  • Star Trek: "Space Seed" (1967)
  • Star Trek: "Assignment: Earth" (1968) - The crew goes back in time to find out how the human race was able to survive the Cold War.
  • The Twilight Zone: "A Little Peace and Quiet" (1985)
  • The Twilight Zone: "Quarantine" (1986)
  • The Twilight Zone: "Shelter Skelter" (1987)
  • The Outer Limits: "Bits of Love" (1997)
  • The Outer Limits: "The Human Factor" (2002)
  • The Twilight Zone: "Chosen" (2002)
  • Masters of Science Fiction: "A Clean Escape" (2007)
  • A few episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise depict both humans and Vulcans as being close to extermination caused by nuclear war.
  • Novels

  • Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank
  • Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem (regarding Hatfork)
  • Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley
  • Arc Light by Eric Harry
  • Armageddon's Children By Terry Brooks (2006) (Genesis of Shannara Trilogy book 1)
  • The Ashes Series by William W. Johnstone
  • Brother in the Land by Robert Swindells
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (1960)
  • Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence
  • The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
  • Commander-1 by Peter George
  • Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny
  • Dark December by Alfred Coppel
  • Dark Mirrors (original title) Schwarte Spiegel by Arno Schmidt
  • Davy and other works by Edgar Pangborn
  • The Day They H-Bombed Los Angeles by Robert Moore Williams
  • Deathlands series by a variety of authors writing under the pen name James Axler
  • Dr. Bloodmoney, or How We Got Along After the Bomb by Philip K. Dick
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  • Domain by James Herbert
  • Doomday Wing by George H. Smith
  • Doomsday Plus Twelve by James D. Forman
  • Down to a Sunless Sea by David Graham
  • Earthwreck! by Thomas N. Scortia
  • The Eclipse Trilogy by John Shirley
  • Einstein's Monsters by Martin Amis
  • End of the World by Dean Owen (novelization of the film Panic in Year Zero!)
  • Ende: A Diary Of The Third World War by Anton-Andreas Guha
  • Endworld series by David Robbins
  • Eon by Greg Bear
  • The Erthing Cycle by Wayland Drew
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Farnham's Freehold by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Fire Brats by Scott Siegel and Barbara Siegel
  • First Angel by Ed Mann, published by Soldier of Fortune magazine
  • Free Flight by Douglas Terman
  • The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S. Tepper
  • A Gift Upon the Shore by M. K. Wren
  • God's Grace by Bernard Malamud
  • The Guardians series by Richard Austin
  • The Hot War series by Harry Turtledove
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad
  • Jenny, My Diary by Yorick Blumenfeld
  • The Last Children of Schewenborn by Gudrun Pausewang
  • The Last Ship by William Brinkley
  • The Last War, a 1986 novel by Martyn Godfrey
  • Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald
  • The Long Loud Silence by Wilson Tucker
  • The Long Tomorrow by Leigh Brackett
  • Long Voyage Back by George Cockcroft, under the pen name Luke Rhinehart, 1983
  • Malevil by Robert Merle
  • Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • Not This August by C.M. Kornbluth
  • Obernewtyn and subsequent novels in the series by Isobelle Carmody
  • On the Beach by Nevil Shute
  • One Second After by William R. Forstchen
  • The Outward Urge, by John Wyndham and Lucas Parkes
  • The Pelbar Cycle, Book One (Beyond Armageddon) by Paul O. Williams
  • Plan of Attack, a 2004 thriller by Dale Brown
  • The Postman, a 1985 post-apocalyptic novel by David Brin
  • Prayers for the Assassin, by Robert Ferrigno
  • Prime Directive, by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens; a Star Trek novel where an alien civilization is apparently destroyed by a sudden, unexpected nuclear war among its own people
  • Pulling Through, by Dean Ing; first half of the book is a novel on a family surviving a nuclear blast, the second half is a non-fiction survival guide
  • Red Alert, by Peter George
  • Resurrection Day by Brendan DuBois
  • Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
  • The School for Atheists by Arno Schmidt
  • Second Ending, by James White
  • The Seventh Day by Hans Hellmut Kirst (original title Keiner Kommt Davon)
  • Shadow on the Hearth by Judith Merril (1950) - a novel about a young housewife's ordeals in the aftermath of nuclear attack
  • The Silo Series by Hugh Howey(2011) - A nuclear exchange is used to cover up a nano-bot attack.
  • Single Combat by Dean Ing (second in the Ted Quantril trilogy)
  • A Small Armageddon by Mordecai Roshwald
  • Star Man's Son by Andre Norton (1952) - a post-apocalyptic novel that takes place about two centuries after the Great-Blowup. It is titled Daybreak - 2250 AD in reprint editions.
  • The Steel, the Mist, and the Blazing Sun by Christopher Anvil
  • The Survivalist by Jerry Ahern
  • Swan Song by Robert McCammon
  • Systemic Shock by Dean Ing (first in the Ted Quantril trilogy)
  • Tengu by Graham Masterton
  • Test of Fire by Ben Bova
  • There Will Be Time by Poul Anderson
  • This Is the Way the World Ends by James Morrow
  • This Time Tomorrow by Lauran Paine
  • Tomorrow! by Philip Wylie
  • Trinity's Child by William Prochnau (1983)
  • Triumph by Philip Wylie
  • The Valley-Westside War by Harry Turtledove
  • Vaneglory by George Turner
  • Viper Three by Walter Wager
  • Warday by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka
  • When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
  • Wild Country by Dean Ing (Third in the Ted Quantril Trilogy)
  • The Wild Shore by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The World Next Door by Brad Ferguson
  • The World Set Free by H. G. Wells
  • Worldwar series by Harry Turtledove - alternate history: World War II turns nuclear in 1943; another nuclear war in the 1960s
  • Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien
  • The Zone series by James Rouch
  • Short stories

  • "The Blast" by Stuart Cloete (1947), published in 6 Great Short Novels of Science Fiction, ed. Groff Conklin, 1954
  • "Thunder and Roses" (1947) by Theodore Sturgeon
  • "Not with a Bang" (1949) by Damon Knight
  • "The Last Word" (1956) by Damon Knight
  • "A Clean Escape" (1985) by John Kessel
  • "The 16th October 1985" (2009) by James Plumridge
  • "The Edge of the Knife" (1957) by H. Beam Piper
  • "Lot" (1953) and "Lot's Daughter" (1954) by Ward Moore (inspiration for the film Panic in Year Zero!)
  • "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury (1951)
  • "Preview of the War We Do Not Want", published in Collier's Magazine (1951)
  • "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth" by Arthur C. Clarke - featuring a boy living in a colony on the moon, left isolated by the destruction of the Earth
  • "A Boy and His Dog" by Harlan Ellison (1969)
  • "Fermi and Frost" by Frederik Pohl (1985)
  • "Tight Little Stitches In A Dead Man's Back" by Joe R. Lansdale (1986)
  • "The Custodians" by Richard Cowper
  • "To My Beloved, With Love" by Ishtiaque Hossain (2016)
  • Short story collections

  • Countdown To Midnight, 1984, edited by H. Bruce Franklin
  • Beyond Armageddon, 1985, edited by Walter M. Miller, Jr. and Martin Harry Greenberg
  • Nuclear War, 1988, edited by Gregory Benford and Martin Harry Greenberg
  • Comics

  • 2000AD/Judge Dredd, set in a post-war Earth where the majority of the United States is called the "Cursed Earth"
  • Akira features Tokyo after a nuclear conflict.
  • AXA, set in the aftermath of a nuclear- and biological war with heroine AXA fighting against evil
  • Barefoot Gen, Japanese manga about life after the Hiroshima bombing
  • Cobalt 60 by Vaughn Bodē, Mark Bodē and Larry Todd, set in a post-apocalyptic world
  • Fist of the North Star, a Japanese comic franchise set in a post-nuclear Earth
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a Japanese graphic novel, later partly adapted in film, set in a far, post-apocalyptic future, rife with themes of bioethics, environmentalism, genetics and psionics
  • The Punisher - The End, a one-shot issue of Marvel Comic's Punisher by Garth Ennis and Richard Corben
  • Strontium Dog, set in a post-nuclear war earth where many humans have been deformed by the radiation and are branded as "mutants"
  • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, is set in an England which has survived through a nuclear war which devastated the majority of the rest of the world.
  • Animation shorts

  • The Big Snit (National Film Board of Canada, Richard Condie; 1985)
  • The Hole, featuring the voice of Dizzy Gillespie
  • A Short Vision
  • Music

  • "1983... (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)" by Jimi Hendrix
  • "1999" by Prince, from the album 1999
  • "2 Minutes to Midnight" by Iron Maiden, on the subject of the Cold War
  • "540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit" by Fear Factory
  • "99 Luftballons" by Nena
  • "Aftermath" by Armored Saint
  • "Aftershock" by Anthrax
  • "Against The Machines" by Downlink, featuring Datsik, on one of the albums called Dubstep. The song features machinery sounds and "techno" beats with voice-over references to The Terminator franchise, including a line about the survivors of the nuclear fire.
  • "Arise" by Sepultura
  • "As The End Draws Near" by Manufacture, featuring Sarah McLachlan on vocals
  • "As It Was, As It Soon Shall Be" by Exodus, on the album The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A
  • "As The World Burns" by Bolt Thrower on the album The IVth Crusade
  • "Atomchild" by Underground Zero
  • "Beneath the Remains" by Sepultura
  • "Blackened" by Metallica, the first track off their fourth album, ...And Justice for All.
  • "Bomb" by Gang Green
  • "Boom!" by System of a Down on the album Steal This Album!
  • "Breathing" by Kate Bush, the final track off her third album, Never For Ever
  • "Brighter Than a Thousand Suns" by Iron Maiden, from the album A Matter of Life and Death
  • "Christmas at Ground Zero" by "Weird Al" Yankovic
  • "Dachau Blues" by Captain Beefheart, also touches on World War III
  • "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" by Ultravox
  • "Damnation Alley" by Hawkwind, inspired by Roger Zelazny's novel of the same name
  • "De Bom" by Doe Maar
  • "Dead Flag Blues" by Godspeed You Black Emperor!, first track from their album F♯A♯∞
  • "Destruction Preventer" by Sonata Arctica
  • "Distant Early Warning" by Rush
  • "Domino" by Genesis, from Invisible Touch, about the effect of dropping the bomb
  • "Dresden Blues" by Cold Chisel
  • "The Earth Dies Screaming" by UB40
  • "Electric Funeral" by Black Sabbath, 1970, from the Paranoid LP
  • "Epitaph" by King Crimson
  • "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire
  • "Ever Since The World Ended" by Mose Allison
  • "Everyday is Like Sunday" by Morrissey
  • "Fabulous Disaster" by Exodus
  • "Fight Fire with Fire" by Metallica, the first song off their second album, Ride the Lightning
  • "Four minute warning" by Radiohead
  • "Generals and Majors" by XTC
  • "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan
  • "The House at Pooneil Corners" by Jefferson Airplane, from their album Crown of Creation
  • "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Nik Kershaw
  • "Ignorance" by Sacred Reich
  • "In the Hole" by Armored Saint
  • "Ink Mathematics" by Captain Beefheart
  • "It's a Mistake" by Men at Work, from the album Cargo
  • "Killer of Giants" by Ozzy Osbourne
  • "King of the World" by Steely Dan, from the album Countdown to Ecstasy
  • "Last Rockers" by Vice Squad
  • "Last Sunset" (Последний Закат) by Russian metal band Aria
  • "Like A Thousand Suns" by Heaven Shall Burn
  • "Living Through Another Cuba" by XTC
  • "London Calling" by The Clash
  • "M.A.D." by Hadouken!; lyrics and title refer to nuclear war; the whole album's and lyrics refer to atomic war
  • "Man at C&A" by The Specials, from the album More Specials
  • "Manhattan Project" by Rush, third track from their album Power Windows
  • "Memories of Tomorrow" by Suicidal Tendencies
  • "Morning Dew" by Bonnie Dobson; also recorded by Jeff Beck, Blackfoot, and The Grateful Dead
  • "Mutually Assured Destruction" by Gillan (band), from 1989 re-issue of their album Future Shock
  • "Northern Wind" (Северный ветер) by Russian singer Linda (Линда) on the album Crow (Ворона)
  • "Nuclear Annihilation" by Bolt Thrower on the album In Battle There Is No Law
  • "Nuclear Attack" by Gary Moore on the album Dirty Fingers
  • "Nuclear Attack" by Sabaton on the album Attero Dominatus
  • "Nuclear Suicide" by Skallbrand, from the album Welcome To The Nuclear Suicide
  • "Nuclear War" by Sun Ra
  • "Nuclear Winter" by Sodom
  • "Oh Lord, Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me" by Charles Mingus
  • "One of the Living" by Tina Turner, from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
  • "One World" by Anthrax
  • "The Only Hope For Me Is You" by My Chemical Romance
  • "Or Shall We Die?" by Michael Berkeley
  • "Part III" by Bad Religion
  • "Party at Ground Zero" by Fishbone
  • Pink World by Planet P Project
  • "Put Down That Weapon" by Midnight Oil
  • "Quite Unusual" by Front 242
  • "Radioactive Toy" by Porcupine Tree
  • "Reclamation" by Lamb of God
  • "Rumours of War" by Billy Bragg
  • "Rust in Peace... Polaris" by Megadeth, from the Rust in Peace album
  • "Seconds" by U2
  • "Set the World Afire" by Megadeth, from the So Far, So Good... So What! album
  • "Skeletons of Society" by Slayer
  • "So Long, Mom (A Song For World War III)" by Tom Lehrer
  • "Stop the World" by The Clash
  • "Talkin' World War III Blues" by Bob Dylan
  • "Thank God For The Bomb" by Ozzy Osbourne
  • "The Sun Is Burning" by Ian Campbell, performed by Simon and Garfunkel and The Dubliners
  • "Survive" by Nuclear Assault
  • "Third World War" by Evil's Toy
  • "This World Over" by XTC
  • "Trouble" by Tonio K.
  • "Twilight of the Gods" by Helloween
  • "Two Minute Warning" by Depeche Mode from the 1983 album Construction Time Again
  • "Two Suns in the Sunset" by Pink Floyd from the album The Final Cut
  • "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  • The music video for "Untitled 1" by Sigur Rós features a world ravaged by a nuclear holocaust as its setting.
  • "War Pigs" by Black Sabbath
  • "Warhead" by Tarot
  • "We Will All Go Together When We Go" by Tom Lehrer
  • "We Will Become Silhouettes" by The Postal Service
  • "We're So Small" by The Epoxies
  • "When That Hell Bomb Falls*" by Fred Kirby
  • "When the Wild Wind Blows" by Iron Maiden from their album The Final Frontier based on the Raymond Briggs book When the Wind Blows
  • "Who's Gonna Win the War?" by Hawkwind
  • "Will The Sun Rise?" by Dokken
  • "Wooden Ships" recorded by both Crosby Stills & Nash and Jefferson Airplane
  • "World War III" recorded by D.O.A.
  • "World Wars III & IV" by Carnivore
  • "WWIII" by KMFDM
  • "Your Attention, Please!" by Scars
  • "Your Eyes Were Open" by UB40, from the album Geffrey Morgan
  • References

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