Fictional SHTF Novels

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    The Rift.

    I forget who wrote it, but it's about an earthquake along the New Madrid fault that runs through the Mississippi River basin, and its aftermath.

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    One Second After. Life after EMP attack. Good book, you can D/L the audio book for free if you look hard enough. It's very similar to Lights out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecbaatz View Post
    William W Johnstone, writes a series about rebuilding after nuclear attack and biological. It is interesting.......There is about 17 books in the series so far..........I enjoy them.
    Read 'em all at one time or another. I enjoyed them too. Got a little predictable after a dozen or so...but who cares.
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    Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, 1954

    Required reading when I was in school. Hell of a book about a bunch of boys marooned on an island reverting to savagery.

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    I read "Alas Babylon" back in the 70s. It's a great book. Currently reading "Patriots", just started, actually. .

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    Level 7 is an interesting book, written in 1959 by M. Roschwald. As viewed from the perspective of someone in the bunker, it's a story about how the ones most destined to survive end up having to fight for that survival.

    David Brin's The Postman is very good, I think. IIRC, this was also made into a film, some ~10yrs back.

    The fall of the Roman world after ~AD 470 is an interesting time, too. TEOTWAWKI, absolutely. Jack Whyte's series of books known as the Camulod Chronicles is a good look at what determined survival in the face of near-total societal meltdown could look like. Starting with The Skystone and continuing for the next nine books, Whyte tells a fictional tale of a family through several generations, telling about the preparations to survive the downfall of Rome in the decades leading up to the reign of Arthur.

    Atlas Shrugged is a good one, by Ayn Rand. Societal collapse by government design and sheep behavior. A classic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob72 View Post
    One of the absolute best, though slightly dated, is Hammerfall, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle.

    Strictly human interaction and social devolution. Worth reading to bring up points you may not have considered for the NOLA/Cali earthquake style scenarios.
    I thought it was "Lucifer's hammer". EXCELLENT book. Lots of good trivis, which makes it a survival manual in it's own right...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, 1954

    Required reading when I was in school. Hell of a book about a bunch of boys marooned on an island reverting to savagery.

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    Unintended Consequences by John Ross

    The first half is essentually background but makes an interesting read....the last half: Let's just say there isn't a person on this board thay will not enjoy it

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    I have an incomplete collection of the Ashes series by Johnstone. I stopped reading them in 1998. At that time, there were 26 books.
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