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It's All Over: Top 10 Post-Apocalyptic Worlds
LiveScience ^ | November 19, 2012 | Stephanie Pappas

Posted on 11/23/2012 7:29:56 PM PST by EveningStar

If some fringe theorists have their way, Earth has just over a month to live...

While rumors fly online about the Dec. 21 date, Mayan apocalypse believers are hardly the first to imagine the world ending. Here are some of the inventive and terrifying post-apocalyptic futures ever portrayed in literature and film...

(Excerpt) Read more at livescience.com ...


TOPICS: Books/Literature; Chit/Chat; Conspiracy; Religion; Science; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: mayanapocalypse; postapocalyptic
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1 posted on 11/23/2012 7:30:20 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Borges; DollyCali; Perdogg; KevinDavis; SunkenCiv; null and void

ping


2 posted on 11/23/2012 7:31:51 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

I’m a FReeper of the apocalypse (sign up date) but I’m still awaiting word from the other 3. So far, nuthin.


3 posted on 11/23/2012 7:32:40 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


4 posted on 11/23/2012 7:34:30 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: cripplecreek

Lol.


5 posted on 11/23/2012 7:34:59 PM PST by TADSLOS (LOSING BIG- The GOP legacy.)
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To: EveningStar

I’ve gotta say “The Road” is probably the single most depressing movie I’ve ever seen.


6 posted on 11/23/2012 7:35:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EveningStar

George Orwell gets the trophy, as far as I’m concerned.

Not only was his apocalyptic vision inventive, it was also enormously prescient, even if his timing was off by a few years.


7 posted on 11/23/2012 7:37:10 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: TADSLOS
The other 3 FReepers of the apocalypse.

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8 posted on 11/23/2012 7:37:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EveningStar; cripplecreek

They will still have Marty Robbins on the Radio in the Post-Apocalyptic Future!

And use bottle caps for money!


9 posted on 11/23/2012 7:40:19 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Jack Hammer

Orwell wins but... the runners up are close behind.

Brave New World on the culture front

Atlas Shrugged on nailing the bad guys


10 posted on 11/23/2012 7:42:00 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: cripplecreek

LOL! Hell’s comin’ to breakfast!


11 posted on 11/23/2012 7:46:23 PM PST by TADSLOS (LOSING BIG- The GOP legacy.)
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To: KC_Lion

A great game!


12 posted on 11/23/2012 7:47:58 PM PST by TADSLOS (LOSING BIG- The GOP legacy.)
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To: EveningStar

No Earth Abides? No Terminator? Bah!


13 posted on 11/23/2012 7:49:49 PM PST by Argus
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To: cripplecreek

>>I’ve gotta say “The Road” is probably the single most depressing movie I’ve ever seen.

It’s “Animal House” compared to “Melancholia”. But the final end of the world scene is pretty cool.


14 posted on 11/23/2012 7:50:38 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: EveningStar

Detroit should be on that list.


15 posted on 11/23/2012 7:51:04 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: TADSLOS

Regardless which one you think is more likely, The New World will be the same as the Old one....

....Because War....War Never Changes.


16 posted on 11/23/2012 7:51:55 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: EveningStar
Heh, I went to a dinner party about two years ago, and a couple from Israel were there, of which the husband's favorite topic was the 2012 Mayan Calendar.

As he described the various calamities (Such as a tidal wave washing across Florida from the Atlantic to the Gulf) the hostess (who, with her husband, were planning to move to Florida in next year) turns to her husband and says in her finest "dumb blonde" voice (She's no dumb blond) "Vin, that's going to put a real damper on our Florida plans!"

I just fell out laughing!

When I sent them a card for their housewarming, I did this Photoshop for the front:

17 posted on 11/23/2012 7:53:02 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: EveningStar

Lucifer’s Hammer.


18 posted on 11/23/2012 8:00:38 PM PST by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: GeronL

Yes, both highly enlightening - and highly literary - works.


19 posted on 11/23/2012 8:05:52 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Alas Babylon!

Alas Babylon!


20 posted on 11/23/2012 8:09:48 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: TADSLOS

How about Metro 2033?


21 posted on 11/23/2012 8:25:22 PM PST by Noumenon (As long as you have a rifle, you STILL have a vote.)
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To: Slicksadick

I’ll have to re-read that. It would have made a good miniseries. :)


22 posted on 11/23/2012 8:30:39 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Noumenon
How about Metro 2033?

Never heard of it. What's the background of the game?

23 posted on 11/23/2012 8:32:11 PM PST by TADSLOS (LOSING BIG- The GOP legacy.)
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To: EveningStar

Did they include modern day Detroit?


24 posted on 11/23/2012 8:34:15 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: EveningStar
I’ll have to re-read that. It would have made a good miniseries. :)

You are totally right on the miniseries. There must be 100 named characters in that book.

25 posted on 11/23/2012 8:37:41 PM PST by Slicksadick (Go out on a limb........Its where the fruit is.)
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To: EveningStar
You know, I look at that Photoshop that I did, and I recognize that it isn't at all like a real tsunami would be. (I just copied it from a picture of a lighthouse in the North Sea somewhere, blew it up and removed all objects that might provide scale)

The reason it strikes me is that I did this around 2010, which would have been after the 2004 Indian Ocean event, but before the Japan 2011 tsunami.

My understanding of what a Tsunami could do was oddly skewed from my initial view point (2004) to my understanding now after the Japan 2011 event.

The footage of the Indian Ocean tsunami was very different from that of the Japan event, in my opinion.

Much of the footage of the Indian ocean wave had a lot of tourist and rural seacoast village/town viewpoints. Places where the sea looked like it belonged. When the waves came in, it was easy to see people mistaking it initially for a non-catastrophic even.

In Japan, it was different.

First, there was a lot more clear, well shot footage available in the Japan wave, from more angles. Secondly, it was often in the heart of an industrial country.

The ocean didn't belong there.

There were rows of neatly parked cars in well ordered, painted and maintained parking lots. Well made reinforced concrete seawalls. Earthquake resistant structures. Industrial buildings and all the infrastructure that goes with it. It was near the pinnacle of civilization's attempt to live safely in a dangerous natural environment. Wow, when you think about it. Typhoons. Earthquakes. Volcanoes.

Tsunamis.

And here they were. And when we watched in all these different angles of good quality, steady video, we saw a monster of immense power engulf all these bulwarks of man, It just boiled in like "The Blob" in that cheesy b-grade movie.

Except this wasn't campy. It was horrifying to watch on video. Like a living thing, the enormous mass of liquid came in over the top, around the sides, and underneath everything. It dug into the earth and undercut the very foundations of all those earthquake-resistant buildings, devouring the earth underneath until the very structures committed suicide, their own unstable bones collapsing in on themselves.

It churned and boiled, getting bigger and bigger, more swollen with debris until it reached a point of achieving a destructive viscosity, beginning to turn into a form of diluted sludge, where the sludge is debris, cars, telephone poles, and nearly every facet of an industrialized society. Even large ships. It gained more and more mass, until nothing could withstand before it. It ran out of energy when the laws of nature told it that was as far as it could go. It ran out of steam. But most eerily disturbing to me was the cars.

The cars in the parking lots. Trucks driving down a busy city street. You had to wonder...did they see? Then, when you could see their brake lights go on you knew they were aware. Were they watching in a detached astonishment, or were they frantically searching for a road, any road that would take them away?

Then, as you watch the cars float up and begin moving, you can occasionally see the shadowy figures of human beings inside. Japanese humans trapped in their cars. And when you see them wash into a wall of debris piling against a bridge, you know in your heart, they are doomed. As they get swallowed up and washed under, it isn't too hard to figure how that is going to end. Unbelievable.

26 posted on 11/23/2012 8:46:19 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: rlmorel

Wow. You have a gift with words!


27 posted on 11/23/2012 8:54:19 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: EveningStar
Love that they mentioned "There Will Come Soft Rains." It was the highlight of The Martian Chronicles.
28 posted on 11/23/2012 8:55:29 PM PST by Snake65
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To: Argus

No Mad Max or Hell Comes to Frogtown?!?

Double bah!


29 posted on 11/23/2012 9:00:27 PM PST by Salamander (If animals could speak, mankind would weep.)
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To: EveningStar

On Dec 21st 2012, the last Twinkie on a store shelf will disappear. The entire Mayan end of world prophecy involves Twinkies. Really, that’s all.


30 posted on 11/23/2012 9:02:09 PM PST by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: cripplecreek

I dunno....”A Boy And His Dog” had me reaching for the straight razor.

[but that might’ve just been because of Don Johnson]

;D


31 posted on 11/23/2012 9:02:37 PM PST by Salamander (If animals could speak, mankind would weep.)
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To: cripplecreek

try reading the book...


32 posted on 11/23/2012 9:03:37 PM PST by bigbob
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To: cripplecreek

I could not finish The Road. Way too depressing.


33 posted on 11/23/2012 9:04:13 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: EveningStar

34 posted on 11/23/2012 9:04:17 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1; shibumi

Shibumi-worthy post ping!


35 posted on 11/23/2012 9:04:52 PM PST by Salamander (If animals could speak, mankind would weep.)
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To: EveningStar

This list is a load of steaming horse-dung.

Especially listing the Bible as the reason for it all: “the desire for a clean slate motivates end-of-the-world imaginings.”

And where’s Waterworld? Terminator? The Matrix? I Am Legend? On The Beach? 1984?

As my daughters would say: “Buffy? Really? Seriously?”


36 posted on 11/23/2012 9:06:43 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: cripplecreek

Utter despair from beginning to end.


37 posted on 11/23/2012 9:10:55 PM PST by Toespi
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To: Old Sarge

But that’s where the fun is. You see another person’s list and it inspires you to make your own. :)


38 posted on 11/23/2012 9:12:25 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: everyone

Ideally, we need every member and regular user to contribute to keep Free Republic up and running strong.


39 posted on 11/23/2012 9:18:05 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: null and void

Thanks, n&v. I think in this case, I feel that I can describe it because I understand what I saw.

I had a dream many years ago where I was in some oceanside town. I was walking along a boardwalk on the seawall. It was a wide, wooden boardwalk, and had fancy wrought iron light poles. People were dressed in suits, couples holding hands and so on.

Everyone became aware that in the harbor, you could see rocks sticking out of the water in places you had never recalled seeing them before. Everyone stopped in their tracks, looking out at the harbor and the horizon miles away.

The sailboats in the harbor were now resting on their sides at various angles, and you could see barnacles and starfish on the rocks now.

Then, a dark line appeared on the edge of the sea, far away. As far as you looked out to sea, from horizon to horizon, there was a dark shading.

It was a wave.

Everyone began to run. I ran towards a small hill and began to run up a paved trail, when I looked back and saw a wall of water washing over the board and coming right my way.

I ran for my life up that hill, and when new I couldn’t escape it, I jumped on a lamp pole and began to shinny up.

The water boiled around me.

Then I woke up...boy, I sure do remember how that raw terror felt. It was as if I knew EXACTLY what that would feel like, that fear. As I recall, I didn’t fall back asleep easily after THAT.

I think that was why the Japanese event had much more of an impact on me. I had seen a wave like that in my dreams, intruding on a world that looked a lot like the one I lived in. It was far less abstract to me.


40 posted on 11/23/2012 9:20:55 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: Rightwing Conspiratr1; Salamander
"On Dec 21st 2012, the last Twinkie on a store shelf will disappear. The entire Mayan end of world prophecy involves Twinkies. Really, that’s all."

Will the bells all go "Ding-Dong" while we all chuckle "Ho-Ho?" Being as it's December, we can all have a fight with "Snowballs." The end will be a real "Zinger!"
41 posted on 11/23/2012 9:21:12 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: EveningStar

I always enjoyed “The Omega Man” with Charlton Heston.


42 posted on 11/23/2012 9:22:52 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: shibumi

Now I regret pinging you.

;D


43 posted on 11/23/2012 9:26:24 PM PST by Salamander (If animals could speak, mankind would weep.)
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To: TADSLOS

Metro: 2033 is one of those moody Russian horror/survival shooters that came out in 2010. I picked up a copy for fro about $6, and it’s a very good deal for that. The theme is that after a devastating nuclear war in 2012, the last known groups of humanity are those who happened to be in the Moscow Metro system. A system that also doubled as one of the largest Cold War era bomb shelters.

It’s actually very, very well done. Some genuinely scary moments in it. Highly recommended, especially for the price. If THQ, the game developer company, survives its financial woes, they plan to release Metro: Last Light this March. I think I’ll buy it.


44 posted on 11/23/2012 9:33:14 PM PST by Noumenon (As long as you have a rifle, you STILL have a vote.)
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To: cripplecreek
"...I’ve gotta say “The Road” is probably the single most depressing movie I’ve ever seen..."

Hahahahahahaha...more depressing than The Piano or The Hours?

My brother and I both got shanghaied to see it, and later as we talked, I said "Man, when that woman gets dragged down by that piano at the end of the rope, I just wanted to pump my fist and say "Thank GOD!"

My brother said "Yeah! It was like in that movie The Hours when the woman committed suicide by drowning herself and bumped on down the stream, I wanted to jump out of my seat and go "YES!"

Heh, my other brother had even worse. He had to go see "Autumn in New York" with his wife!

/evil grin

45 posted on 11/23/2012 9:34:28 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: rlmorel

I used to have dreams of being in my suburban neighborhood and looking at the sky with others watching a few contrails heading UP into the sky and wondering what they were. Then more heading UP. Then realized that they were our nuclear ballistic missiles heading out.

And then realizing that we only had a few more minutes before THEIRS started coming DOWN.

The dreams always ended before they did.

Although that may be wishful thinking. Our world looks like it will not end with a bang, but a whimper.


46 posted on 11/23/2012 9:35:10 PM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: rlmorel
Remember Thailand?

Remember that one woman who ran out into the ocean to save her children?

She stopped. You could see the desperation and realization in her body language, even at that distance. Even from behind.

And then she was no more.

47 posted on 11/23/2012 9:36:55 PM PST by null and void (America - Abducted by Aliens...)
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To: Salamander

Hahahaha..I gotta admit, the concept of having a telepathic, sarcastic, cynical dog whose job it was to smell out the disguised women in exchange for food was a unique and innovative concept!


48 posted on 11/23/2012 9:37:49 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: null and void

Wow. Yes. I remember...if I recall, there was a perceptible sagging of her shoulders.


49 posted on 11/23/2012 9:39:41 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: 21twelve

I never had those dreams. Thank God.


50 posted on 11/23/2012 9:41:38 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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