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    Fictional SHTF Novels

    A sudden thought occurred to me. As I was reading some of the SHTF messages a thought occurred to me. Do any of you know of any fictional novels on this precise subject?

    I would be curious to read some fictional scenarios from a variety of points of view. Let's all put on our "thinking caps" and see if there are some fictional novels that might be interesting reading. I know that I personally would enjoy reading someone else's point of view on how they see our society when it comes to this type scenario.
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    Lights Out by Halffast. Heres the link to the story
    http://www.giltweasel.com/stuff/LightsOut-Current.pdf

    He also wrote The Bug Out but I haven't read that one yet. Though they say it's really good. I really enjoyed Lights Out, you will be spending alot of time in front of the computer once you start reading!
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    "The Stand" definitely qualifies. Obviously the supernatural component isn't really something to prepare for, but I thought his description of how society would break down once everyone started dying of a plague was spot on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pikachu711 View Post
    A sudden thought occurred to me. As I was reading some of the SHTF messages a thought occurred to me. Do any of you know of any fictional novels on this precise subject?

    I would be curious to read some fictional scenarios from a variety of points of view. Let's all put on our "thinking caps" and see if there are some fictional novels that might be interesting reading. I know that I personally would enjoy reading someone else's point of view on how they see our society when it comes to this type scenario.
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    I don't know if you looked over this thread
    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ml#post1191252

    There are some suggestions in there.
    Patriots, by James Wesley, Rawles is good.
    Lights Out, as has been suggested, is also good.

    There are TONS of other TEOTWAWKI books out there, from a variety of points of view. It just depends on what you're looking for.
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    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.

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    Only thing I can think of, other than "the stand," is a series I read as a kid. It was called "Firebrats" and was about a couple teenage kids who survived an unexpected nuclear war. Good stuff for a teenagers' imagination.
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    Alas Babylon by Pat Frank. Similar story to Lights Out (I imagine the former directly inspired the latter) but better written IMO. It's about survivors of a US-Soviet nuclear war.

    I'm also quite partial to Max Brooks's Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z (the latter being a collection of SHTF stories). He has wracked up several points on his creative license (he doesn't have a real good grasp on military or weapons), but still very good writing.
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    oh, and not a book, but watching the show "Jericho" was highly motivating to get me put down the cash for an AR and a better ammo stockpile, as well as food.
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    You might also consider Heinlein's Tunnel in the Sky. It's about a group of students who were supposed to be stranded on another planet for a couple of weeks (as their final exam), but wind up stranded for a couple years.
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    in the Ashes

    William W Johnstone, writes a series about rebuilding after nuclear attack and biological. It is interesting.

    Title includes the word Ashes as in

    Trapped in the Ashes
    Smoke in the Ashes
    Death in the Ashes
    Wind in the Ashes

    There is about 17 books in the series so far.

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    Greg Bear's "Eon" if you're into hard SF.
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    I second Daddy Warcrimes suggestion of Alas, Babylon...

    Another good one... Swan Song by Robert McCammon...
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    Dies the Fire S.M. Stirling its a little different in that all high energy devices stop working so no electricity,no explosives,no guns etc....

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    Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse (Paperback)
    by James Wesley Rawles

    And "Lights Out" (pdf available free online) as another post had mentioned.

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