Fictionalized SHTF books and videos: what are your favorites?

Fictionalized SHTF books and videos: what are your favorites?

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    Fictionalized SHTF books and videos: what are your favorites?

    A couple of the more interesting and thought provoking stories regarding dealing with SHTF situations that I have enjoyed include:

    • Alas, Babylon -- a 1959 novel by Pat Frank, and a 1960 production by Playhouse 90. Excellent read, about a small community faced with post-war realities once the world "out there" ceased to properly function in all its aspects.

    • Jericho -- a 2006-2008 television series about post-nuclear war defensive realities. Pretty decent situational SHTF focus. It makes the point well how being unprepared can sting for the average person/town, as well as what situations can arise. Scarce resources and what to do about it; coming together as a town; self-defense; predation by opportunists; lack of pesticides, food, water, power, transportation, all contact with the outside services/products that once kept them going ...

    • The Time Machine -- the classic 1895 novel by H.G. Wells, as well as the . I'm not that impressed with the time-travel bits, per se, but am fascinated by the idea of people going too far and causing things to go in another direction because of it, for all the questions that provokes.

    • The Road -- a novel by Cormac McCarthy. Excellent read, though dark ... and perhaps not for everyone.

    • Grave of the Fireflies -- An anime film from 1988 about two kids who are living on the edge during the last months of WWII in Japan, as everything falls apart in their world and they struggle to survive. Astounding film. In Japanese, with English subtitles. Extraordinary and well worth the time.

      A devastating meditation on the human cost of war, this animated tale follows Seita, a teenager charged with the care of his younger sister, Setsuko, after an American firebombing during World War II separates the two children from their parents. Their tale of survival is as heartbreaking as it is true to life. The siblings rely completely on each other and struggle against all odds to stay together and stay alive. -- From Fandango.

    What's on your list of recommended things to read or see?
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    The Book of Revelation

    Edit: I completely missed the fact you said "fictionalized". Put this in the non-fiction section for me.
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    The Stand.
    The Omega Man [ based on I am Legend]
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    The day of the Triffids [ Book and Movie]
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    There's more, my brain is farting right now lol
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    Alas, Babylon and On The Beach, both the book and the movie.
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    ...Tom Clancy's The Teeth of the Tiger deals with terrorism and how to combat it...and attacks stateside and how they were handled and I've read yet...

    ...for the mindset to deal with these situations, Bill Jordan's No Second Place Winner settled things for me looooooong ago...not fiction...

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    Gotta add Lucifer's Hammer - 1985 by Niven and Pournelle. TEOTWAWKI lead up and aftermath of comet strike. A bit dated but an interesting take on things and how they could go.
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    Lets hope the movie is decent.
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    I read Lucifers Hammer shortly after its publishing. Thought it was great! Not long ago read Enemies Foreign and Domestic by Matt Bracken. Good read also! Haven't read any of his others yet.

    World War Z was interesting. The movie trailers do not look like the book in any way.

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    Anything by Robert A Heinlein for older stuff or Larry Correia for new stuff. Monster hunter nation. The guy knows guns.
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    Edit Add: Wow. Funky timing for this post. JD and I were just talking about Lucifer's Hammer and Footfall last night. Herk was just snoring on the couch.
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