Welcome to THE OBLIVIOUS, the world’s only archive, news wire, and think tank of the apocalypse. We attempt to stay abreast of all the curious manifestations of the end times in our culture.

The Apocalyptic Library

Apocalyptic thinking evolved through the written word. We’re compiling a library of information and relevant texts. We’ll explore their apocalyptic themes, social and historical contexts, and other tangential revelations.


These longer pieces of analysis, conjecture, or irreverence play with ideas and imagery related to the end times. Check this area for interviews, essays, and a variety of other far-ranging ravings.


Widespread, mutable, contagious—apocalyptic thinking can move like a plague. Browse the Scraps section for current catastrophes, rapturous art, “bad” news, stirring quotes, and more.

Latest Books

Desolation by Thomas Cole

The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire by Kyle Harper

Spoiler alerts ahead! After more than 1,000 years of ironclad rule, the Roman Empire fell on its own sword. Long a topic of debate, new research portrays the Roman collapse as a far more natural affair than previously supposed.

"The Last Man" by John Martin, 1849

The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Almost everyone dies in The Last Man, but it’s fair to say that in Mary Shelley’s 1826 novel the extinction of mankind is an afterthought.

Social trauma is another way of saying post-apocalypse

After the End: Representations of Post-Apocalypse by James Berger

Social trauma haunts the modern world which gives our experiences a distinctly post-apocalyptic quality, according to After the End by James Berger.

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