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By Paolo Bacigalupi

  • From the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh to Norse prophecies of Ragnarok to the Revelations of Saint John to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, and any variety of fictional zombie Armageddons and the dystopic international of The starvation Games, we now have continually puzzled what's going to ensue after the realm as we all know it ends. it doesn't matter what the doomsday state of affairs — cataclysmic weather swap, political chaos, societal cave in, nuclear struggle, pestilence, or such a lot of different dreaded diversifications — we necessarily think that even if the realm perishes, a few part of humankind will survive. Such tales contain dying and catastrophe, yet also they are stories of rebirth and survival. Grim or victorious, those impressive, post-apocalyptic tales chosen from the easiest of these released within the tumultuous final decade let us contemplate what lifestyles should be like after the end.

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