The Future Wastelands

Post apocalyptic imagery and literature take residence here.

Words are art, and this space is dedicated to them. Here you will find a permutation of eccentric images, art and literature selected by yours truly.
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You probably follow me because of my ramblings about the apocalypse, but today I’m sharing a personal picture of my twin brother and his new baby boy, Noah (left). I’m on the right.

So precious, fragile and perfect.

This artistic rendition of a futuristic society built in an apocalyptic wasteland is stunning. And the juxtaposition is interesting for a variety of reasons.

Imagine for a moment, a world where we have rebuilt AND advanced as a society after an apocalyptic event. This concept isn’t as common as the mad max version which alludes to a post-apocalyptic future where humans struggle to survive.

But why not imagine a future where we burned and then recovered. 

Maybe it would look like Rome?

This artistic rendition of a futuristic society built in an apocalyptic wasteland is stunning. And the juxtaposition is interesting for a variety of reasons.

Imagine for a moment, a world where we have rebuilt AND advanced as a society after an apocalyptic event. This concept isn’t as common as the mad max version which alludes to a post-apocalyptic future where humans struggle to survive.

But why not imagine a future where we burned and then recovered.

Maybe it would look like Rome?

In the end…

If you somehow managed to survive a post-apocalyptic event and were there to witness this scene… How would you feel? Would you fight? Give up? 

Reblog with your answer!

In the end…

If you somehow managed to survive a post-apocalyptic event and were there to witness this scene… How would you feel? Would you fight? Give up?

Reblog with your answer!

"A picture is worth a thousand words." When I first started writing I would select a random image and craft a story about that character. What secrets do these two images hold? Share in comments!

This picture could be set in the future or in the status quo. Miniature apocalypses are happening around the world everyday. Ukraine, China, Gaza Strip and Israel. We just rarely hear about such events or chose to ignore them.

This picture could be set in the future or in the status quo. Miniature apocalypses are happening around the world everyday. Ukraine, China, Gaza Strip and Israel. We just rarely hear about such events or chose to ignore them.

Will the marvelous cities of the 21st century look like this someday?

Will the marvelous cities of the 21st century look like this someday?

How does this picture make you feel?

How does this picture make you feel?

This is oddly beautiful. A future with familiar views but without the technology. Looks simple and safe. What will our future look like?

This is oddly beautiful. A future with familiar views but without the technology. Looks simple and safe. What will our future look like?

There’s a common theme in post-apocalyptic literature right now. We’ve seen it in books like Wool, Metro2033, The Remaining and many other stories. That theme takes survivors of a post-apocalytic event underground to live in tunnels, bunkers or subways. We’ve seen it in movies, and television, too. Of course, this idea isn’t new. And authors have been writing about it for decades. 
But it’s got me thinking. So I decided to do a bit of research. The results were startling. 
Most people probably have no idea that some governments have already prepared for a fraction of their population to live under the surface. North Korea, China, Vietnam, Switzerland and even the United States are all examples. 
You may remember a passage in the book, World War Z, where North Korea moves their entire population underground when the zombie apocalypse hits… but did you know China has an entire underground city? Or that Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world due to the tunnels they’ve built deep in the mountains? 
Governments have been preparing for the apocalypse for decades. It’s fascinating when you think about how fiction is in some ways, not fiction at all… 

There’s a common theme in post-apocalyptic literature right now. We’ve seen it in books like Wool, Metro2033, The Remaining and many other stories. That theme takes survivors of a post-apocalytic event underground to live in tunnels, bunkers or subways. We’ve seen it in movies, and television, too. Of course, this idea isn’t new. And authors have been writing about it for decades. 

But it’s got me thinking. So I decided to do a bit of research. The results were startling. 

Most people probably have no idea that some governments have already prepared for a fraction of their population to live under the surface. North Korea, China, Vietnam, Switzerland and even the United States are all examples. 

You may remember a passage in the book, World War Z, where North Korea moves their entire population underground when the zombie apocalypse hits… but did you know China has an entire underground city? Or that Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world due to the tunnels they’ve built deep in the mountains? 

Governments have been preparing for the apocalypse for decades. It’s fascinating when you think about how fiction is in some ways, not fiction at all… 

In the future, when all has been lost… Where will the survivors live? In empty boats along dry riverbeds? Inside rusting skyscrapers? Like cockroaches in abandoned tunnels and sewers?

In the future, when all has been lost… Where will the survivors live? In empty boats along dry riverbeds? Inside rusting skyscrapers? Like cockroaches in abandoned tunnels and sewers?