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Thread: The Best End-Of-The-World films/books...ever!

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    The Best End-Of-The-World films/books...ever!

    Because I'm building a definitive collection, I'd be interested to hear what you lot think are the best examples of End of the World/collapse of civilization films and books.

    Even obvious choices are welcome, as I often hear someone mention a film and end up slapping my forehead and thinking "Bugger! Why didn't I think of that?"

    Appreciate the help.

    The Flemster.

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    Mad Max.

    The Postman.

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    I'm back! Warp 8 Mr. Worf! Enterprise-D's Avatar
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    I kind of liked the cheesy "Colussus the Forbin Project". "V for Vendetta" is a good recent one. T3 of course signalled nuclear war between an AI and humanity.

    There are the asteroid crashing into earth ones like "Deep Impact" and "Armageddon". There are a couple made for TV ones, u might want to google those.

    Then there's Earth freezing over ones like "Day After Tomorrow"...this one was kinda half hearted, but the disaster effects were fun.

    How about alien invasions? The "V" series was good in it's day, "Independence Day" good for a laugh, "Earth Final Conflict" was an excellent series...strictly speaking the world didn't end, but "EFC" did threaten to collapse civilization as we know it often enough

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    Leave your World Behind Tristan's Avatar
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    War Games... Classic

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    The Day of the Triffids.

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    Mourning in America madanthonywayne's Avatar
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    A great book is Lucifers Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournell. It's about an asteroid impact.

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    tending tangentially glaucon's Avatar
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    Nick Sagan's Idlewild.

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    Earth Abides
    The Stand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enterprise-D View Post
    "Armageddon"
    this was, in my opinion, the suckiest movie ever made.
    i don't know which was worse, "dune" or the above.

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    Leave your World Behind Tristan's Avatar
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    the miniseries made by scifi was awesome, Dune that is... But I couldnt watch the original movie adaptation after seeing the new one... The old one sucked in comparison!

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    paradox generator
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    best in what way?

    "On the beach" by Nevil shute still makes me very worried just thinking about it.

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    tending tangentially glaucon's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by superluminal View Post
    The Forge of God, Greg Bear.

    The only "real" end of the world mentioned so far.
    'real' meaning what exactly?, in your definition.

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    Mourning in America madanthonywayne's Avatar
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    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Great book, and every version of earth in every alternative universe was destroyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madanthonywayne View Post
    A great book is Lucifers Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournell. It's about an asteroid impact.
    One of my favourite-ever books. Actually, this book got me onto the subject!

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    Quote Originally Posted by superluminal View Post
    The Forge of God, Greg Bear.

    The only "real" end of the world mentioned so far.
    Another favourite book!

    Have you read Exit Earth by Martin Caidin?
    Quite similar whilst being vastly different.

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    12 Monkeys.
    or
    Akira

    Theres more if i think harder.

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    'Aeon Flux' wasn't bad, some folks won't enjoy it because of its cartoon origin.
    In browsing thru amazon's DVDs after my first post in this thread, I came across another short lived possibility "Earth 2". Was quite a decent series, pity it was cancelled.

    lol, Leo, I would have to agree that 'Armageddon' wasn't all that, but I can think of worse movies...like 'Ultraviolet' aka 'What if Aeon Flux sucked?'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madanthonywayne View Post
    A great book is Lucifers Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournell. It's about an asteroid impact.
    My personal fav of the genre.

    Quote Originally Posted by leopold99 View Post
    this was, in my opinion, the suckiest movie ever made.
    i don't know which was worse, "dune" or the above.
    Hey, I thought the original dune was really good... for a movie. The book of course was monumentally better. One of my favorites.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tristan View Post
    the miniseries made by scifi was awesome, Dune that is... But I couldnt watch the original movie adaptation after seeing the new one... The old one sucked in comparison!
    I thought the new ones were too digitally contaminated--they didn't look as real as the original movie. But they did stick to the story better, if i remember correctly. Eh, its give and take. I'd rather read the book.

    Quote Originally Posted by Free_Matt_417 View Post
    12 Monkeys.
    great movie.

    There's also The Stand by Stephen King. The whole book does a great job of sucking you into an unbelievable post-civ era by slowly acclimating you to strange and frightening coincidences. But he kinda takes it too far in the end.

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    Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle), directed by Luc Besson.

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    Isvara.... . 1S Evil_Lau Zardozi's Avatar
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    This End of The World Hallucination was written by me:

    Well... an alien has discovered a planet and decides to conquerr it by laying out a strategy that will result in self destruction which is a method of non-violence maintaining supreme personality. So the Alien picks the most dominant creature and nominates him as the planets representative amongst a diversity of similiar creatures. The others oppose and say they should be the representatives of the planet and declare themselves to be that. This wish is granted by the almighty representative with a plan. A plan that will one day be recognized as plan "As It Is," - K2 vs. A51. Its purpose was to temporarily please the opposition while contending for integrity as the rightful ruler. And, Without the Drama, the end occurs when the chinese fly superatomic airplanes over the americas and blow up half the planet. The "Majic" of life will contain the bombardment transferring the remainng life while recreating the symbiotic conscienceness to alter the Milky Way into a more living galaxy.


    Zardozi

    Heres a picture from a book:
    http://www.bhagavad-gita.us/24.html

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