- Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank (1959)
- The survivors of a nuclear holocaust are forced to rely on their own resources as they join together in the struggle for survival amidst the ruins of Fort Repose, a small town in Florida.
- A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M Miller (1959)
- First published in 1959 to critical acclaim and enduring popularity, the novel follows the struggle of the Monks of the Order of Saint Leibowitz to preserve the remnants of civilization after a nuclear war and wield them against tyranny. The long-awaited sequel, Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman was published in 1997.
- Dies the Fire, by S.M. Stirling (2004)
- When a strange electrical storm over the island of Nantucket suddenly causes all electronic devices to cease to function, the world is faced with an unimaginable transformation.
- 8.4, by Peter Hernon (1999)
- More than one hundred and fifty years after devastating earthquakes have torn through the Midwest, a new seismic threat is becoming a reality as Chicago, St. Louis, and other great cities are shaken, ground fissures erupt, and geologist Bill Atkinson must race against time to stop an unprecedented catastrophe.
- Icefire, by Judith Reeves-Stevens (1998)
- Once lovers, now enemies, Navy SEAL Captain Mitch Webber and oceanographer Cory Rey must join forces to stop a cabal of Chinese officials from devastating the Pacific Rim nations using nuclear weapons to create gigantic tidal waves.
- In Sunlight, in a Beautiful Garden, by Kathleen Cambor (2001)
- A bittersweet romance set against the backdrop of the greatest industrial disaster in American history: the construction and subsequent collapse in 1889 of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania dam.
- The Last Ship, by William Brinkley (1988)
- In the aftermath of nuclear war, the Navy destroyer "Nathan James" and its crew -- including twenty-six women -- searches the seas for a place where survival would be possible.
- Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven (1977)
- As the great Hamner-Brown comet, dubbed Lucifer's Hammer by the press, approaches Earth, various business executives, politicians, criminals, journalists, and scientists await the impending cataclysm and its general and personal effects with decidedly differing feelings.
- Nano, by John Robert Marlow (2004)
- The assassination of Mitchell Swain, the CEO of Microtron, the world's leading software company, plunges John Marrek, the inventor of nanotechnology, and reporter Jennifer Rayne into a deadly web of intrigue and technological disaster as they race against time to stop government-deployed nannites from devouring San Francisco -- and then the rest of the world.
- On the Beach, by Nevil Shute (1957)
- The classic novel about the survivors of an atomic war, who face an inevitable end as radiation poisoning moves toward Australia from the North. The haunting film version, starring Gregory Peck, was released in 1959.
- The Road, by Cormac McCarthy (2006)
- In a novel set in an indefinite, futuristic, post-apocalyptic world, a father and his young son make their way through the ruins of a devastated American landscape, struggling to survive and preserve the last remnants of their own humanity. The film version, released in 2009 and starring Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce, will be available soon.
- Saving Cascadia, by John Nance (2005)
- A seismologist's career-destroying warnings that a Pacific island that has been targeted for resort development will be destroyed in an earthquake are disregarded in the wake of an ambitious builder's plans to make millions through a new casino and hotel, with devastating results. By the author of Fire Flight.
- Tempest Down, by Jeff Rovin (2004)
- When a collision between the Tempest D, a top-secret U.S. submarine, and a Chinese sub sent to observe the American ship during its test voyage, leaves both subs trapped under the Antarctic ice, a U.S. military team code-named L.A.S.E.R. -- Land Air Sea Emergency Rescue -- is sent on a perilous rescue mission under the polar icecap.
- Warday: And the Journey Onward, by Whitley Strieber (1984)
- Creates a searing, scientifically authentic vision of a world in its death-throes after history's first nuclear war.
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