"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.

Divine Incantations Scripture

The Divine Incantations Scripture

The Divine Incantations Scripture is one of China’s oldest apocalyptic texts. Daoists believed “epidemic ghosts” would save the world by destroying it.

Black Wave by Michelle Tea

Painful transitions and the illusion of permanence are at the heart of Black Wave, a formally experimental novel set in a world advancing toward extinction.

Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

In “Things Fall Apart,” Chinua Achebe’s most famous novel, the author casts an apocalyptic light on many of Africa’s most pressing modern issues.