For those of you interested in books of the "TEOTWAWKI" (The End Of The World As We Know It) or "SHTF" (@#$* Hits The Fan) genre, you might find many of the following titles interesting. This is just a small collection of the SHTF novels that are available, but you might get some ideas of stories you haven't read from this collection. You can click on the Amazon links below for a more complete description and reviews of the book.

  • Dust, by Jacqueline Druga-Marchetti

    I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but from the free preview on Amazon and the reviews there, this looks like a very plausible post-nuclear war story.

  • Lucifer's Hammer by Niven and Pournelle

    This is a very readable and plausible (both from a scientific and character point of view) of a killer asteroid. This one is also rightly a classic.

  • Footfall by Niven and Pournelle

    If you've read Lucifer's Hammer, you will find this story strangely similar. It's the same authors, and the story line is quite similar, except the asteroid is replaced by aliens. It's difficult to come up with a plausible alien invasion story, but this book does the job. If you enjoyed Lucifer's Hammer, you will certainly enjoy this book.

  • Earth Abides

    This is an early entry into the SHTF genre. An unkown disease kills most of the earth's population, and only a handful of humans survive. In my opinion, there are quite a few implausibilities (e.g. canned goods being edible decades after the fall of civilization). But if you're willing to overlook these problems, it's an excellent story.

  • The Postman

    Not the greatest SHTF novel, but at least I can say that the book is much better than the movie, in my humble opinion, anyway.

  • The Last Ship

    This is certainly an ambitious SHTF novel recounting the tale of the crew of a Destroyer after a nuclear war that destroyed the world. Some people say that it's poorly written, and I'm not sure I would go along with them. But it's so full of technical errors and implausibilities that it was painful to make it through this thick book. Of all the books on this list, I would say this is the one to skip.

  • Arc Light

    A plausible story of a limited nuclear war.

  • War Day

    Another relatively plausible (with occasional but forgivable technical errors) story of a limited nuclear war.


    Original source documents from yet another limited nuclear war.

  • Death of Grass

    This is the British title of the book shown below. Otherwise, the books are identical. A plague kills all species of grass, including wheat, corn, and most other sources of human and animal food. A handful of survivors eek out an existence. This is one of the best SHTF novels ever. Unfortunately, it's difficult to find, so keep searching for both the British and American versions.

  • No Blade of Grass

    This is the American title of the previous book. Again, it's an excellent TEOTWAWKI story, and it's worth searching for, either for the British or the U.S. version. If you find either, snag it. Occasionally, used copies show up on Amazon, so keep checking both of these links.

  • Empty World

    This book is actually a work of "juvenile fiction"--the kind of thing your Junior High School English teacher would have been happy to see you reading. It goes to show that even those in the "juvenile fiction" world had a morbid streak. Our young protagonist is one of the few survivors in what is now an empty world. It's an excellent story, even if your English teacher would have approved.

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