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Pre-Apocalypse is an underutilized Genre

Spiraliite

Member
SO much has already been done in post-apocalypse and it's a little played out by now. I think there are many pre-apocalypse types of media where due to the heroic actions of the few, it's averted, horray. (ie Deep Impact). But what about the idea that it's inevitable and unavoidable and imminent?

Many media do play in this sandbox, but don't bear the title. I think the third Terminator movie is a good example of pre-apocalypse. I also think Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask could qualify. Although Link saves the day after all, 95% of the game takes place exploring the effects, ideas, and reactions of imminent and unavoidable mass death. Any other ideas of films/books/games that also fit in this genre?

I think a trap is to delve into the obvious fatalistic or "enjoy the here and now while you can" moralism. I think there's probably a tasty story to be explored here with something more nuanced. Perhaps a story of "We can save a few, so who deserves to live?" would be a crunchy topic with many philosophical perspectives. The most intelligent? the most productive or skilled? those capable of child-bearing? That would probably be a grim story, but I think a more comic approach of "We had a clerical error and a shipful of the least eligible people made it off planet" could be hilarious as the survivors come to grips with the fact they are now the best hope for humanity's survival. Does anyone else find this idea worth exploring?
 

Kaos

Member
I hated how underused this trope was, to the point I've committed to writing a long series of novels where this happens. It renders a zone of the planet uninhabitable even to most demi-god like entities and serves as a warning to practically anyone on the planet what the hubris of a single person can do.

It's a world changing event, and seeing how people survived it and try to re-build their lives is a major theme, but it's not the main focus of the story.
 

Spiraliite

Member
I hated how underused this trope was, to the point I've committed to writing a long series of novels where this happens. It renders a zone of the planet uninhabitable even to most demi-god like entities and serves as a warning to practically anyone on the planet what the hubris of a single person can do.

It's a world changing event, and seeing how people survived it and try to re-build their lives is a major theme, but it's not the main focus of the story.
That kind of event sounds pretty cool! Were you thinking of more hard science style, with holes in the ozone, or soft science/fiction style?
 
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