List of nuclear holocaust fiction

List of nuclear holocaust fiction

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.

Films

Title Year Author and notes
Five 1951
Unknown World 1951
Invasion U.S.A. 1952
Captive Women 1952
Day the World Ended 1955
The Chrysalids 1955 John Wyndham (novel)
Alas, Babylon 1960 Pat Frank (novel)
On the Beach 1959 Nevil Shute (novel); John Paxton (screenplay)
The World, the Flesh and the Devil 1959
The Time Machine 1960 H. G. Wells (novel); David Duncan (screenplay)
The Last War 1961
The Day the Earth Caught Fire 1961
The Creation of the Humanoids 1962
La jetée 1962
Panic in Year Zero! 1962
This is Not a Test 1962
Ladybug Ladybug 1963
Fail-Safe 1964 Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler (novel); Walter Bernstein (screenplay)
Dr. Strangelove 1964 Stanley Kubrick, and Terry Southern (screenplay)
The War Game 1965
In the Year 2889 1967
Planet of the Apes 1968 Pierre Boulle (novel); Michael Wilson and Rod Serling (screenplay)
The Bed Sitting Room 1969
Glen and Randa 1971
Zardoz 1974
A Boy and His Dog 1975 Harlan Ellison (short story); L.Q. Jones, Alvy Moore and Wayne Cruseturner (screenplay)
Damnation Alley 1977 Roger Zelazny (novel)
Wizards 1977
Virus 1980
Malevil 1981
The New Barbarians 1982
Future War 198X 1982 Anime movie produced by Toei Animation about World War III breaking out in the 1980s that triggers a nuclear exchange between the US and the USSR.
2019, After the Fall of New York 1983
Testament 1983
The Day After 1983
The Terminator franchise 1984, 1991, 2003, 2009, 2015 based on characters created by James Cameron (with acknowledgement to the works of Harlan Ellison)
Countdown to Looking Glass 1984
Threads 1984
One Night Stand 1984
Def-Con 4 1985
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985
O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization 1985
Radioactive Dreams 1985
Dead Man's Letters 1986
The Sacrifice 1986
When the Wind Blows 1986 Based on the 1982 graphic novel
Whoops Apocalypse 1988 Based on the ITV series
Akira 1988
Miracle Mile 1988
By Dawn's Early Light 1990
Hardware 1990
Judge Dredd 1995
Star Trek: First Contact 1996 Most of the film takes place in the mid-21st century as civilization rebuilds after nuclear war. Continuation of Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series.
The Postman 1997
Der 3. Weltkrieg, aka World War III 1998
Six-String Samurai 1998
Blast from the Past 1999
Deterrence 1999
The Matrix (franchise) 1999, 2003
On the Beach 2000
Equilibrium 2002
The Dark Hour 2007
City of Ember 2009
The Book of Eli[1] 2010
The Divide 2012
Cloud Atlas 2012
Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl 2014
Mad Max Fury Road 2015

Television programs

Television episodes

Novels

Short stories

Short Story collections

Comics

Animation shorts

Music

Games

Name Year Notes
2300 A.D. 1986 Role-playing game
Aftermath! 1981 Role-playing game
Balance of Power 1985 A computer strategy game of geopolitics during the Cold War
Blast Corps 1997 Nintendo 64 video game
Burntime 1993 A role-playing video game for DOS and Amiga
DEFCON 2007 A real-time strategy game for Windows, Mac and Linux
Fallout series 1997 (1st) A post-apocalyptic role-playing video game for several platforms
Gamma World 1978 A post-apocalyptic role-playing game
M.A.D. Global Thermonuclear Warfare 2001 PC Strategic simulation game released by Small Rockets
Metro 2033 2010 A survival horror first-person shooter set in post-apocalyptic Moscow
Metro Last Light 2013 A survival horror first person shooter which is a sequel to Metro 2033
Missile Command 1980 An action video game which was wildly popular in the 1980s, widely recognized in popular culture.
The Morrow Project 1980 Role-playing game
Neocron 2002 A post-apocalyptic cyberpunk MMORPG for Windows
Nuclear War 1989 A turn-based strategy game for Amiga and DOS
NukeWar 1980 A turn-based strategy game for Apple II, Commodore 64, and other early home computer systems
Planetarian: The Reverie of a Little Planet 2004 A post-apocalyptic visual novel
Star Ocean: The Last Hope 2009 An action role-playing video game for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
Superpower 2 2004 A real-time strategy wargame
Supremacy: The Game of the Superpowers 1984 A board wargame
Trinity 1986 An interactive fiction game examining the futile nature of nuclear war
Trojan 1986 Arcade game and platformer set shortly after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, which is now overrun by occultists who are bent on terrorizing the surviving population with psychological and biochemical warfare.
Twilight: 2000 1984 A role-playing game
WarGames 1984 A video game based on the game in the hit movie
Warzone 2100 1999 An open source real-time strategy and real-time tactics hybrid computer game
Wasteland 1988 A post-apocalyptic role-playing video game
Wasteland 2 2014 A post-apocalyptic role-playing video game which is a sequel to Wasteland.

See also

References


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function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

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function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Module:Hatnote -- -- -- -- This module produces hatnote links and links to related articles. It -- -- implements the and meta-templates and includes -- -- helper functions for other Lua hatnote modules. --


local libraryUtil = require('libraryUtil') local checkType = libraryUtil.checkType local mArguments -- lazily initialise Module:Arguments local yesno -- lazily initialise Module:Yesno

local p = {}


-- Helper functions


local function getArgs(frame) -- Fetches the arguments from the parent frame. Whitespace is trimmed and -- blanks are removed. mArguments = require('Module:Arguments') return mArguments.getArgs(frame, {parentOnly = true}) end

local function removeInitialColon(s) -- Removes the initial colon from a string, if present. return s:match('^:?(.*)') end

function p.findNamespaceId(link, removeColon) -- Finds the namespace id (namespace number) of a link or a pagename. This -- function will not work if the link is enclosed in double brackets. Colons -- are trimmed from the start of the link by default. To skip colon -- trimming, set the removeColon parameter to true. checkType('findNamespaceId', 1, link, 'string') checkType('findNamespaceId', 2, removeColon, 'boolean', true) if removeColon ~= false then link = removeInitialColon(link) end local namespace = link:match('^(.-):') if namespace then local nsTable = mw.site.namespaces[namespace] if nsTable then return nsTable.id end end return 0 end

function p.formatPages(...) -- Formats a list of pages using formatLink and returns it as an array. Nil -- values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local ret = {} for i, page in ipairs(pages) do ret[i] = p._formatLink(page) end return ret end

function p.formatPageTables(...) -- Takes a list of page/display tables and returns it as a list of -- formatted links. Nil values are not allowed. local pages = {...} local links = {} for i, t in ipairs(pages) do checkType('formatPageTables', i, t, 'table') local link = t[1] local display = t[2] links[i] = p._formatLink(link, display) end return links end

function p.makeWikitextError(msg, helpLink, addTrackingCategory) -- Formats an error message to be returned to wikitext. If -- addTrackingCategory is not false after being returned from -- Module:Yesno, and if we are not on a talk page, a tracking category -- is added. checkType('makeWikitextError', 1, msg, 'string') checkType('makeWikitextError', 2, helpLink, 'string', true) yesno = require('Module:Yesno') local title = mw.title.getCurrentTitle() -- Make the help link text. local helpText if helpLink then helpText = ' (help)' else helpText = end -- Make the category text. local category if not title.isTalkPage and yesno(addTrackingCategory) ~= false then category = 'Hatnote templates with errors' category = string.format( '%s:%s', mw.site.namespaces[14].name, category ) else category = end return string.format( '%s', msg, helpText, category ) end


-- Format link -- -- Makes a wikilink from the given link and display values. Links are escaped -- with colons if necessary, and links to sections are detected and displayed -- with " § " as a separator rather than the standard MediaWiki "#". Used in -- the template.


function p.formatLink(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local link = args[1] local display = args[2] if not link then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no link specified', 'Template:Format hatnote link#Errors', args.category ) end return p._formatLink(link, display) end

function p._formatLink(link, display) -- Find whether we need to use the colon trick or not. We need to use the -- colon trick for categories and files, as otherwise category links -- categorise the page and file links display the file. checkType('_formatLink', 1, link, 'string') checkType('_formatLink', 2, display, 'string', true) link = removeInitialColon(link) local namespace = p.findNamespaceId(link, false) local colon if namespace == 6 or namespace == 14 then colon = ':' else colon = end -- Find whether a faux display value has been added with the | magic -- word. if not display then local prePipe, postPipe = link:match('^(.-)|(.*)$') link = prePipe or link display = postPipe end -- Find the display value. if not display then local page, section = link:match('^(.-)#(.*)$') if page then display = page .. ' § ' .. section end end -- Assemble the link. if display then return string.format('%s', colon, link, display) else return string.format('%s%s', colon, link) end end


-- Hatnote -- -- Produces standard hatnote text. Implements the template.


function p.hatnote(frame) local args = getArgs(frame) local s = args[1] local options = {} if not s then return p.makeWikitextError( 'no text specified', 'Template:Hatnote#Errors', args.category ) end options.extraclasses = args.extraclasses options.selfref = args.selfref return p._hatnote(s, options) end

function p._hatnote(s, options) checkType('_hatnote', 1, s, 'string') checkType('_hatnote', 2, options, 'table', true) local classes = {'hatnote'} local extraclasses = options.extraclasses local selfref = options.selfref if type(extraclasses) == 'string' then classes[#classes + 1] = extraclasses end if selfref then classes[#classes + 1] = 'selfref' end return string.format( '
%s
', table.concat(classes, ' '), s )

end

return p
  1. ^
  2. ^ Dark December at Fantastic Fiction
  3. ^ THE ZONE Series
  4. ^ The Edge of the Knife at Project Gutenberg

External links

  • Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, By Paul Brians, Professor of English, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
  • Annotated bibliography of nuclear literature from the Alsos Digital Library

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