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Online Post Apocalyptic and Dystopian Fiction

Updated on December 2, 2015

Online Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

What do you do when you've read all of the post apocalyptic fiction you can find? You've read the Deathlands series. You've read I am Legend. You've read The Road. You've read The Hunger Games. And now you're suffering serious withdrawal.

Well...If you've not yet searched the internet, there's a vast untapped source of these stories.

The subjects are quite varied, as in published fiction. From asteroids to nuclear bombs, from economic collapse to zombies. If you can imagine the world ending in some manner, someone has probably written about it.

Sometimes the online stories are not quite as polished as published works would be. Many are on forums or message boards, and while most people carefully proofread before posting a chapter, a few people just don't. There's also the potential that the story that you're reading was never finished, and never will be. But if you're willing to overlook the occasional typo, and take the chance that you may have to make up your own ending (completed stories are often noted as such), you may just find a diamond in the rough.

Before you dismiss all online writers as wannabes and not worth reading, I would like to point out David Crocker, aka Halffast, who originally wrote the story "Lights Out" on a message board, and was able to make the leap to published book. If he was good enough, who knows what other talented author is out there, just working up the courage to shop their book around to publishers. Maybe you'll be one of the first to discover them.

I've linked only to stories that either the author has decided to make their story available for free, or to stories in the public domain. If there is a link to a book that should not be available for free, please let me know so that I can remove it.

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Here are some writers whose stories started out online.

From online writer to published author. Here's proof that online fiction can have potential.

Lights Out
Lights Out

First written on a message board, this exciting story about a man searching for his family in a world where all of the usual conventions are no longer followed is sure to please.

 
Deep Winter
Deep Winter

It only takes an instant for a normal life to get turned upside down and become a survival situation.

 
Post-Apocalypse Dead Letter Office
Post-Apocalypse Dead Letter Office

A collection of letters, written after the apocalypse on any writing surface available are undeliverable and sit in the Dead Letter Office.

 

Are You Prepared for the End of the World?

Here's another poll for you. If you want to check out or participate in the previous poll, scroll to the bottom of the page.

There's a lot of fiction about the end of the world and a lot of different ways that people envision it ending. Have you made any preparations for a big change in lifestyle due a disaster (including natural disasters, man made disasters and economic or governmental disasters.)

Feel free to make a comment about your choice

Have you made any preparations for a disaster?

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Stories on Message Boards

One very common way for post apocalyptic fiction to be presented is on message board. Sometimes the whole tale is presented in single thread, and sometimes you must search the forum for different chapters, often out of order due to posts by other people.

There is another drawback pertaining to other people posting, though you may consider it a bonus depending on your view. Often on message boards people other than the author will post comments, encouragement, suggestions and sometimes harsh criticism. The reader must be willing to sift through all the comments to get to the meat of the story.

Despite these possible problems, I find reading the fiction on these message boards a lot of fun. As many of the stories appear on message boards devoted to "prepping" or being ready for just those eventualities that the tales speak of, the level of detail is often exceptionally high. It's quite possible to learn something concrete and useful.

I have included only links to message boards that you do not have to register as a member to read.

When the Oil Runs Out.

Here's a few fiction books looking at what may happen when oil is no longer as readily available to the masses as it is right now.

Empty
Empty

How will the life of a teenager change when suddenly there's no oil available to most for driving, shipping goods and heating.

 
Restoring Harmony
Restoring Harmony

When a family loses touch with a young woman's grandparents, she makes the decision to travel across a United States changed by the lack of fuel. It should have been a simple trip....

 
World Made by Hand: A Novel
World Made by Hand: A Novel

Without access to fuel, one community's world gets smaller.

 

You step in the stream,

But the water has moved on.

That page is not here.

The internet is an ever changing place, and links that worked yesterday don't always work today. I don't always find the links that have been broken, and I would be grateful if you took a moment to let me know if you find a link that's not working. I'll get the message and deal with the problem, but I won't post your message.

Thanks for your help in keeping this list neat and clean.

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      Family_Survival_Strategies 3 years ago

      Because it's so hard for most people to really wrap their heads around how FAST people around them can change â even people they thought they really knew well â in a crisis situation, the types of books listed in this lens are truly invaluable. I have read some of them â not all. Truth be told, they scare the heck out of me. I really don't want situations THIS dire to ever come to pass. But they could. And for anyone who is not prepared for it....thing could be over for them pretty quickly. But how can anyone prepare when they don't even have any idea of how ugly things could get? THIS is why fiction works like these listed above are so incredibly valuable. What you don't know CAN hurt you. And we could all stand to be a lot more prepared for the unexpected â whatever that might be! Be safe and be well. Best to you! -Pepper M, Website Owner, familysurvivalstrategies dot org

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      NickTheWriter 2 years ago

      I love Apocalyptic fiction, and always open for reading online from what online writers share. I'll be enjoying read through the links..

    Post Apocalyptic Comics

    Graphic novels and comics set in a post apocalyptic world.

    Post Apocalyptic Fiction in Blogs

    Another popular form of presenting post apocalyptic fiction online is through a blog. Often story will presented in a journal style with each post being a single day in the life of the characters.

    This method of presentation is satisfying to read, with comments allowed on many of the blogs, but unobtrusively at the bottom of each post rather than breaking up the story. Unfortunately, many blogs are started never to be completed. I have included incomplete blogs as well as complete ones.

    Blog Authors, if you're on here and would like to send me your own description, either contact me through my profile or leave a message in the guestbook and I'll see that your description is updated. If you're not on this list and would like to be, let me know as well.

    What's Your Preference?

    The stories I've linked to in this lens have so many different ways for the world to end. Which is your preference? What type of world-ending scenario would you rather read?

    How do you want the world as we know it to end (in fiction)?

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    Books by Readers of This Lens

    If you've got a Post Apocalyptic book out there on Amazon, let me know and I'll put it in here to let people know about it.

    Fortress Beverly Hills
    Fortress Beverly Hills

    Our dependence on oil makes our society a fragile one should that oil no longer be so available.

     
    Dreamer's Island
    Dreamer's Island

    A woman searches for her kidnapped child in a dystopian future.

     
    The Mountain and The City, Part I
    The Mountain and The City, Part I

    The regimented life that has kept a survivor alive is turned upside down when a stranger arrives.

     
    The Mountain and The City, Part II
    The Mountain and The City, Part II

    Continues where Part I left off. Can the survivor and companion escape?

     
    The Mountain and The City, Part III
    The Mountain and The City, Part III

    Separated the pair must escape the military base.

     

    Post Apocalyptic Movies and Audiobooks online

    In this list you'll find movies and audiobooks that are available online.

    More Books by Friends of this Lens

    Here are some more Post Apocalyptic Fiction books.

    World of the Chërnyi: First Strike!
    World of the Chërnyi: First Strike!

    Follow the survivors as they struggle through the end of the world as they knew it.

     
    World of the Chërnyi: Going Home
    World of the Chërnyi: Going Home

    A man tries to keep his family together in a changed world.

     
    World of the Chërnyi : Pedro Six Two
    World of the Chërnyi : Pedro Six Two

    This story follows other people surviving the same disaster as the previous two books.

     
    Against the Grain
    Against the Grain

    A man struggles to find his role and keep his family and friends safe in a world that has been turned upside down.

     

    More Post Apocalyptic Stories.

    Here are a few more places to find post apocalyptic and dystopian fiction on the net.

    Do you have a favourite site for reading post apocolyptic fiction online? Have you written some post apocolyptic fiction and would like the world to know? Post here to critique the stories you've read, and to suggest other sites.

    What do you think about post apocalyptic fiction?

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Never read it. The Lens looks good, hope to see many more Lenses by you soon :)

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        NYThroughTheLens 5 years ago

        Really nice bookmarkable lens. I have to admit I haven't really read much from this genre online specifically. Most of my frame of reference for it comes from my library and books (how old-school!). So, this is a great resource!

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        Carol Fisher 5 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

        I like this kind of fiction when it's good so this is a great page for me and I've just bookmarked it.

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        Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

        Thanks for sharing

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        tharshan lm 5 years ago

        thanks for the share

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        bloodstreamcity 5 years ago

        Thanks for including my story The Mountain and The City on your list, it was a surprise to come across it like this. It also recently became free in the Kindle store and on Smashwords for anyone who wants to own a copy. I'm working on a second at the moment.

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        Shanna Redwind 5 years ago

        @bloodstreamcity: You're welcome, I'm glad I came across your story. My goal is to help readers and writers of PA fiction find each other.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Thank you very much for including me in your list! I also learned about a couple of other areas that I intend to look at and most definitely read. This is a great resource and I'll note it on my blog.

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        Shanna Redwind 5 years ago

        @anonymous: You're quite welcome. It was your stories that got me searching online for more Post Apocalyptic fiction in the first place. Thanks for including me on your blog, and for all the writing you do.

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        Eplanner 5 years ago

        I liked Preppers Road March by Ron Foster, the youtube community has been doing a couple reviews

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        thank you for linking me and my stories. I was wondering what squidoo was but just never clicked on it (usually in a hurry).... glad I finally did! :) MOAR stories for me to read! yay!

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        Shanna Redwind 5 years ago

        @anonymous: You're welcome. Thank you for writing wonderful stories for me to link to :).

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        JeffDez 5 years ago

        This is a great resource, thanks for putting it all together. One of the first apocalyptic fiction books I read was The Last Canadian by William C. Heine. If you haven't yet you should check it out.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Still like Earth Abides and A Canticle for Liebowitz best. Thank you for the mention of Starvation Ridge. All three books are now available in one volume, http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/starvation-r...

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        shadowlenier 5 years ago

        I love it. Its cool knowing people are reading my story and I enjoy looking at other authors. I have a hundred more pages done but I have to limit what I share. Otherwise I fear no one will buy the book when its done. Thanks for reading.

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        Noctambulant 5 years ago

        Wow...I need to get hold of some of these books...:)

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        celeBritys4africA 5 years ago

        I like this lens, I give it a thumb up.

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        seosmm 5 years ago

        Good info. Very nice lens!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        I would also recommend The Return Man. Its an amazing story that everyone should check out!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        If you have not read "Hunter - After The Fall" by John Phillip Backus, you are missing out. It is available on Amazon as well across the web. It is also available in print as a trade paperback. Check it out - you will not be disappointed.

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        WinstonEmerson 5 years ago

        Great lens! I'm actually going to be releasing a serialized apocalyptic novel online, beginning March 1st. I'd love to see what you think of it! I will definitely check out some of these recommendations.

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        Shanna Redwind 5 years ago

        @WinstonEmerson: Great! Be sure to let me know what the link is when it comes out and I'll add it to my list.

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        WinstonEmerson 5 years ago

        @Shanna Redwind: Thank you! I really appreciate it, and I'll definitely give you a heads up a week or so before March 1st. Thanks again!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Glenn Clayburn, another online author, has now self published his book "Dead River". (it´s a book with zombies!)

        Let me tell you: I´ve read the story online and it was outstanding, even in it´s rough draft online. (and AFAIK, it´s now been refined and extended)

        Well worth to check it out:

        http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/dead-river/1...

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        JoshK47 5 years ago

        Sounds like great stuff here! Thanks for sharing, I may have to check out some of these!

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        Edutopia 5 years ago

        Great lens for a great genre. I'll have to check all these out, thanks!

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        WriterJanis2 5 years ago

        What a wonderful selection to choose from.

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        PeterStip 5 years ago

        wow, looks like I've got a lot of reading to do. great lens

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        jgary lm 5 years ago

        Please see http://shtfiction.blogspot.com. There are several stories in progress written in blog format with regular updates. Thanks!

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        "Fel By The Wayside" at http://felbythewayside.blogspot.com/ is now complete and online. The story is set a few generations after TSHTF.

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        Shanna Redwind 5 years ago

        @anonymous: Great! I'm so looking forward to reading it. I'll add this to my lens as soon as possible. I'm having a few technical problems at the moment, but hopefully they will be resolved soon.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Please check out my illustrated post-apocalyptic web series The Brink. http://www.thebrinkstory.com

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        marshalmccreary.com is a web series about a group of travelers trying to find safe haven. The site is updated weekly

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        AuntBetsy 4 years ago

        Thanks for putting up this lens. I enjoy reading post apocalyptic fiction and especially online. It is nice to find a resource where I can find more stories without doing extensive searches.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Hi. Thank you for posting my blovel 'Indivisible' here. This is a great list. I have another post apocalyptic novella just released. It's called 'Gaiastan' and it's free on my site http://goldsteinrepublic.com/archives/2771 and also available on Amazon. Thanks again.

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        Shanna Redwind 4 years ago

        @anonymous: You're welcome. Thank you for listing me on your site as well. The support is much appreciated.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        I have been writing survivalist fiction over on my blog, www.liamfisher.com

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Any chance of my free ebook Interstate Juggernaut getting added to the list?

        http://www.cjwalley.com/interstate-juggernaut

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        I just noticed that there is a mistake in one Link:

        "The long emergency" by Liam Fisher should be "the LAST emergency"

        And while i´m at it, i´d like to thank all of you guys that share their stories with us! Y´all rock!

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        jgary lm 4 years ago

        Thanks for posting a link to my fiction site.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Another good one is The Last Pilgrims. www.lastpilgrims.com

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Hi! When I was a girl, about 20 years ago, I've read a fiction book about a girl who lives inside asteroid (after the earth has been destroyed) and she is preparing to go through the contest: every child reached 14 are thrown onto an alien planet, and only the survivers can return to the ship inside asteroid. I do not remember the name pf the book and I have spent hours trying to find it on the web. Can anybody help?

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        Shanna Redwind 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Well, that sounds a bit like a book I read about the same amount of time ago. It was called Rite of Passage by Alexi Panshin. If that's not it, try going to Goodreads.com and go to the What's the name of this book group. http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/185

        You'll have to join Goodreads, but then you can ask your question and people will try to help you out.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        hard work appreciated

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        I prefer dystopian rather than post apocalyptic, because too many of the latter make ridiculous assumptions about what could happen. This is one area where a writer should know at least a little basic science.

        There's a lot of interesting stuff here, so I'll be coming back, but I want to point out that one book you have listed as post apocalyptic isn't. It isn't even dystopian or fiction. Dystopia by Mike Oulton and Ed Griffin is about Griffin's experiences as a priest who left the church and his experiences teaching in prisons. Mike Oulton's part of the book is about his prison experiences.

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        Shanna Redwind 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Thanks for letting me know. I do have one set of Amazon books that lists random books on the keyword I give them. This week my keyword was Dystopia, hence the mix up in books.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        @Shanna Redwind: Glad to help. Keywords can be misleading.

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        JoshuaBonilla 4 years ago

        This was a really interesting Lens!

        It is more dysopian, but Sky of Dust: The Last Weapon is a new series that is currently a top recommended book for The Hunger Games.

        It is set in the future after the government collapses due to the people rebeling. An arms group steps up and takes over and use the people (Unknown to the people) as mercenaries. It is a young adult novel, and it has a nice twist with the inclusion of mutations/abilities/powers.

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Hey! This is Eva Natsumi from the blog serial MISS LONELYHEARTS. I was getting some traffic from your site so I checked it out. It's awesome! All I want is my story to be read and this is helping. So I just wanted to say thanks! Double thanks for giving me some new reading material.

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        Shanna Redwind 4 years ago

        @anonymous: You're very welcome

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        AlphaChic 4 years ago

        Love it. It reminds how fragile our ilfestyle is, and makes me want to preserve it and be thankful.

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        anonymous 3 years ago

        haven't really seen a spot to submit similar books but check out Against the Grain from Ian Daniels

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        Takkhis 3 years ago

        This is such an interesting lens that i am pleased to read this lens :)

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        makorip lm 3 years ago

        Really don't want it to end

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        Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I love to read end of the world stories, more so for those about rebuilding everything or how just a few people survive in the world after people, no electricity and etc.

        Really liked your lenses about the zombies and this one. Have you got more like it?

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        Shanna Redwind 3 years ago

        @Seasons Greetings: That's my type of fiction as well, which is why I made this lens. I figured that I'd gone to all the work to find them, I might as well make the locations available to other people. I do have a couple of other online fiction lenses, but none like the zombies or this one. Thanks for looking through so many of my lenses.

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        tonyleather 3 years ago

        Interesting lens! I have written sc-fi but nothing post apocolyptic yet!

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        Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

        I've enjoyed reading several apocalyptic fiction books. Will be looking into some of these. Thanks!

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        Jackson Thom 3 years ago from West of Left South Lucky

        Love all this type of stuff -- fallout, mad max, the road. I'm book marking this lens for later. Great job!

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        mcfitz 3 years ago

        Awesome lens, Shanna! What a great bunch of reading resources you've shared. Thank you!

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        tmc494900 2 years ago

        Great list and I will have a ton of reading do. Thanks

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        Scott A. Butler 2 years ago from England

        A great list you have here. Time to get reading. Thank you.

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