41 Doomsday Fiction Books That You Should Be Reading!

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By Wolverine – books are listed in random order.

Looks like you have a lot of reading to catch up on. If you have suggestions for other great doomsday fiction books  that are not listed here then please let us know in the comments below.

Patriots, by James W. Rawles, Economic collapse scenario. Lots of useful information on tactics, food storage, fuel storage, retreat security, survival medicine, etc. I’d recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about survivalism for the first time, as well as for long-term survivors. It’s full of great information, and is an eye-opener. I may not say that the survivors made the best choices possible in the story, but I learned from it.

Footfall  by Jerry Pournelle. Alien’s similar to elephants invade the earth. A good deal of how to survive in urban areas without the infrastructure we would normally have.

Lucifer’s Hammer , by Pournelle. A comet strikes the earth, many survival skills and scenes. Also deals with cannibalism.

Tunnel in the Sky , by Heinlein. Survival in an unexpected, long term situation.

Sixth Column , by Heinlein. Survival after enemy invasion of the US.

Farnham’s Freehold , by Heinlein. One mans preparation and success in surviving nuclear war.

Pulling Through, by Dean Ing. Post nuclear war scenario, Mr. Ing manages to discuss a wide variety of pertinent survival skills.

The Stand, by Stephen King. All reports suggest the book is better than the miniseries on TV was, I didn’t watch the series. Starts out with a plague killing most people on earth, gets very supernatural.

Unintended Consequences by John Ross. The first two-thirds of “Unintended Consequences” comprise a fictionalized chronology of various characters on three continents experiencing the effects of being armed – and being disarmed – from 1906 to the present. In the final third of the novel, set after Waco and Ruby Ridge, America’s gun-grabbers finally go too far.

Gun owners find themselves pushed to the point where they realize it’s either give up all their weapons or fight back. Individually, without getting together to form any giant conspiracy, they start killing their oppressors. A few at first… then by the hundreds.

Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank. The first (?) survivalist book. Nuclear war survival in rural Florida.

No Blade of Grass, by John Christopher? A plague wipes out all food grains over most of the earth. People fleeing London for Wales, also forming local alliances and groups.

The Sheep Look Up, by John Brunner. Survival in an ecologically damaged America.

Stand on Zanzibar, by John Brunner. Life in an oppressive police state, within an ecologically damaged world.

Malevil, by Robert Merle. Post nuclear war survival in rural France. Interesting social dramas, not too good for survival skills.

Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. Useful for understanding the people responsible for the problems.

Wolf And Iron, by Gordon R. Dickson. Post economic collapse. Lone wanderer scavenges and learns his way across several states. Finally sets up as blacksmith and farmer rancher.

A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller. A fascinating book about long-term post apocalypse story, about the value of books and knowledge.

The Postman, by David Brin. A great book about a traveler in the medium – long post nuclear war environment, the establishment of local and regional governments, and the value of a traveling postman to carry news from one region to another.

Earth Abides by George R Steward. Pandemic survivors find each other and build communities initially based on scavenging. Inertia causes little of pre-disaster technology and culture to be passed on, causing great anguish to main character.

Survivors by Terry Nation. Pneumonic plague strain spread by air travel kills off most of the population. Set in Great Britain, a survivor group failing under pressure from bad weather and hostile neighbors migrates to the south of France. Strangely enough Brits will use guns if they can get them.

All Fools’ Day by Edmund Cooper. A new type of radiation (yuk yuk) causes most of mankind to commit suicide. The immune are ‘creative artists of all kinds, lunatics, political and religious fanatics, prostitutes and pathological animal lovers.’ Set in Great Britain.

Harvest of Stars, by Paul Anderson: America where political correctness has become a religion and taken over. One must think ahead and be on ones toes at all times in dealing with a police state; acting experience is a plus!

Vandenberg, by Oliver Lange. Life in a United States occupied by Soviet(or whatever) troops. Frightening.

Warday and Nature’s End, by Whitley Straub

The Ends of the Circle, by Paul O. Williams – sorry I could not find this one on Amazon.com

Some Will Not Die, by Algis Budrys. Post pandemic in New York City Son of initial main char forms the “Reunification Army” to create the “Second Republic.” Guns, guns, and more guns and living on 20 year old canned goods. Still not a bad story.

Only Lovers Left Alive by Dave Wallis. Set in Britain, virtually everyone over 19 commits suicide over a 2 year period. A street gang rises to the conquest of London metro area but finds it tough going in the country when the canned good run out.  – sorry I could not find this one on Amazon.com

Out of the Ashes series by William Johnstone. The first is excellent on establishing attitude and the others each have a few tidbits in them. His Tri-states concept is developing almost a cult-like following in some areas. Most of the later volumes are just pay copy (Is there any other reason to write?) so you have to wade through a lot of story line to pick out the good parts. He writes interesting copy so it isn’t a chore.

The Guardians – series by Richard Austin (pretty darned good until you get to around # 20 or #23, then they were done by ghost writers and the characters just got too weird).

Deathlands – series by James Axler (survival value very little, but I think they’re darned good reading, especially the first 10 – 15 books)

Death Wind by William C. Heine. The plot is that a pandemic suddenly sweeps North America, killing within minutes anyone exposed to an infected person, even being downwind is sufficient. The story follows a Canadian family who retreat to the far North to avoid the plague. There are several elements that bear directly on survival. First, there is a sudden onset of the emergency with no prior warning.

The immediate response reaction is instructive. Second there are the North country survival techniques. Third there are psychological factors of being a survivor in a situation where most others die. And there is more, dealing with post-disaster situations, though I won’t go into that because it would spoil the book for you. It’s a page turner, though of course not a survival handbook.

Path to Savagery by Robert Edmund Alter. The world after a minor nuclear war. The polar ice caps have melted, flooding the coast lines. North America is suffering from a drought and millions of people are dead. The hero is a “loner” who avoids interacting with the tribes that most of the survivors have joined. He has a Thompson sub-machine gun and the right attitude.

The Castle Keeps by Andrew J Offutt. American life has gradually gone to hell in a hand basket, especially in the cities. Story of a family that moved to a farm determined to do what it takes to survive and live well. My only complaint with this book is that the protagonist uses a Colt .45 SAA instead of a M1911. Other than this, the scenes involving firearms are very well done. Sorry, I could not find this one on Amazon.com.

The Long Loud Silence by Wilson Tucker. Bio war wipes out USA east of Mississippi. The story of an “immune” (all such are careers). Cannibalism is adopted by some survivors.

The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham. A meteor shower blinds most of the inhabitants on earth. A group of people who still have sight fight against flesh eating plants while the try to survive.

Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien fictional account of a young woman surviving the aftermath of a nuclear war on her parents farm. Very weak on science. She lives in a protected valley, and everything outside the valley is dead. Then one day a man shows up who invented a radiation proof suit with a pushcart (since cars are radioactive). She hides in the woods, unsure of what to do. Finally she shows herself, but not before he drinks from a radioactive pond. He gets sick, she helps him, he eventually tries to rape her, and she hides again.

It had some good points, such as hiding her garden, getting fuel from pumps w/o electricity, and what to do with her dog, since it could be used by the man to find her. (reviewer) read it in Jr. High School in the school library, so its at least 13 old, and intended for younger readers.

I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson. The basis for the Omega Man movie, a plague kills almost everyone.

Earth Blood (3 book series) and The Death lands books by James Axler. The Earth Blood books are about an earth where some sort of biological agent has destroyed most of the plant life throwing the world into chaos. The Death Land books take place 100 or so years after a nuclear holocaust.

Fire and Ice – by Ray Kytle c 1975 D McKay & Co. It is the story of the effects of a Middle East War/Oil Crisis on a (liberal, although not for long) University professor and his family and friends. The oil fields are sabotaged/destroyed and Western Civilization gradually, then with increasing speed, grinds to a halt. Then, it becomes a story of survival, as the characters must contend not only with food shortages but looters, gangs and even the military. Then, the weather begins to change, affected by the burning oil fields.

Future Eden by J.M. Morgan- people in the biosphere project survive a plague like the one in the stand and 20 years later have found a way to go back out side. Sorry, I could not find this one on Amazon.com.

Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny. A man has to make a cross country run in a post apocalyptic America

Long Voyage Back by Luke Rehinhart- the story of a family who survive a nuclear holocaust by sailing along the cost of North and South America

Dark Advent by Brian Hodge- another story about a illness that wipes out much of the world population.

Swan Song by Robert McCammeron- A post nuclear war story.

Well that’s it for my recommended survivalist fiction – please list your favorites in the comments below…


  1. Wow -a long list of fiction. I like the summary & comments of each book, which are helpful.
    My favorites so far, are:
    “One Second After” -a post EMP community in Western N.Carolina. How they protect themselves & survive as a community by making tough decisions.

    “299 Days” series -About a guy who grew up in a rural, small town, & becomes a conservative attorney in a suburb, married w/ 2 children. Hides his prepping from his wife. When an economic collapse hits, he & later his family move out to their bug out place in a small community on the Olympic penisula in Wash state, where he is one of 4-5 leaders. Shows how a small, rural community survives with a team of leaders, & the decisions they face. Also shows the value of a trained shooting team post collapse.

    “77 Days in September” – about a man who’s in Houston when an EMP hits. & he walks all the way back to his family in rural Montana.

    • RedC:

      I agree with your additions, although I have not read “77 day” yet. I will have to check my “book shelf” to see if I can add any recommendations.

    • +1

    • 77 Days in September is one of my favorites to. Guy is at a business conference 1200 miles from home and an EMP strikes (sounds like yesterday’s Conflicted Tuesday)
      But a good read.

    • Red C
      Have you read the second half to “77 Days in Sept”? It picks up where the first book ended. Good story line if you want to know what happens after he gets home.

  2. Very Comprehensive list. Thanks. I noted that “Atlas Shrugged” is on the List. I’d like to suggest that if you have the time to do some very mentally challenging reading that you read Ayn Rands Non-fiction works, in particular ” We the Living”. This body of works is very tough reading but once you begin to understand it is most thought provoking.

    • Nebraska Woman says:

      Loved We the Living!

    • I was fortunate to find a copy of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” in a second-hand shop for a mere buck! (This book is quite thick.) DH read it and was angered most of the time, as he read – because he knew how prophetically accurate were her writings. Ayn Rand was truly ahead of her time.

  3. My favorite is 299 Days. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

    • Bam Bam, don’t know how many of the 299 Days series u’ve read, but all 10 have now been published & are available. I recently finished the 10th & last book which offers hope at the end of a long, hard slog.

  4. Rider of Rohan says:

    My #1 is Light’s Out, followed by One Second After. And no survival library would be complete without When World’s Collide/After World’s Collide by Phillip Wylie and Edwin Balmer. These two books were way ahead of their time, with a big plus of giving the reader a window into America of that time. I would also recommend 1984 by George Orwell, although it looks less and less like fiction every day.

    • Secret Agent Man says:

      @ Rider of Rohan,
      Nice helmet, where can I get one of those? Thumbs up on both of your recommended books, good to hear from ya’ll again.

    • RoR
      Hi, have missed your postings. Hope all is well with you and yours.
      I have read the books you mentioned with the exception of the “Worlds Collide and 1984”. I have the paper back of 1984, still trying to get it to hold my interest. I will have to check out the other one.

      • RofR
        Oh, dear. I did not catch the different date, thought it was a recent posting……still hope you are doing alright.

  5. SoCalPrepper says:


    I wanted to thank everyone for their contributions on yesterday’s “Conflicted” discussion. I travel 1200 miles away from home 3-6 times per year, and this is something I think about a lot. It prompted me to add a few things to the carry on that I always take for business travel (suit-type travel with 1 carry on for these overnight trips), like a few ounces of silver for barter, and extra collapsible water bottle, and a better “walking” map home. Husband and I are also trying to come up with a “what would we do” plan. Things like how long would he wait at home for me, where he would leave me a message if he left, and where he might go.

    We’re not very far outside of Los Angeles (12.5 miles), so there are situations where he might have to leave.


    • My wife & I travel out of town for seminar/conferences too, although rarely that far, & I found it to be helpful too. Should probably read that Conflicted Tues to her & talk about it.

    • k. fields says:

      Since we’re talking about books, have you ever read Colin Fletcher’s The Thousand Mile Summer? It chronicles Fletcher’s 1958 hike through eastern edge of California.
      Anyone thinking about the possibility of taking a long journey by foot would be well advised to read all of Fletcher’s books – he was the master.

    • k. fields says:

      The books I would share with folks not into prepping to get them thinking are Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaids Tale and the trilogy Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood and MaddAddam.
      They are all beautifully written and the situations are just a step beyond the world a non-prepper is used to so they won’t be put off.
      And yes, I suggest you preppers read them also.

      • k. fields says:

        Shoot, did it again. Don’t know why I’m having so much trouble getting my comments in the right spot …

    • Tomthetinker says:

      ! Burbank ! ???

  6. Pineslayer says:

    This one may be off the Survivalist radar, but “The Passage”, by Justin Cronin and the sequel, “The Twelve”, were “can’t put it down” reads.

    Total apocalyptic virus, that’s all I’ll say.

    I have many on the list, but need to get a lot more, thanks for the info.

  7. Thanks for this list. I was just thinking about reading Swan Song again. Glad to see it on your list.

  8. Patsi Sota says:

    One Second After
    Lights Out
    Swan Song
    The Stand
    Going Home
    Surviving Home
    Escaping Home

    There are many others but these have been the best so far. If you have read these and have similar taste to me please reply to me with your suggestions. Thanks to the Pack!

    • Backwoods Prepper says:

      JERNIGANS WAR by ken gallendar. I think you would like it. And I’m reading THE SURVIVALIST frontier justice.

    • Patsy
      I have read all three of the Going Home series, and have pre order the 4th one when it is finished. You might like 77 days and Lucifer’s Hammer, they strike closer to what life could be like should any thing happen, similar to One Second After.

      • Patsi Sota says:

        I loved one second after, it wasn’t filled with too much technical information that made me have to stop to look things up. The Going Home series has a nice glossary. Tell you one thing they sure are eye openers and I don’t doubt how bad it can get in under a week any longer!

      • One Second After is a good read; however, it contains a lot of technical flaws. OTOH, the way they treat security and the stream of people on the interstate is well done.

  9. Damnation Alley is a good one, I’ve got the book in a box somewhere.. And the movie is grat with and early Jan Michael Vincent and George Peppard (with his ever present cigar)!

  10. Momturtle says:

    Got some great ideas from this list. More books to try and find. Thanks.

    My favorites: Lights Out, One Second After, Earth Abides, and when I want to feel great about surviving: The World Ends at Hickory Hollow.

    For absolute dismay: On The Beach (the ultimate bummer book).

  11. Chuck Findlay says:

    I like a 3-book series by S.M. Stirling. The books are
    #1: Island In The Sea Of Time.
    #2: Against The Tide Of Years
    #3: On The Oceans Of Eternity

    These are alternative history books. They are about the island of Nantucket being thrown back to 1,250 BC. Not what is really thought of as a survival book, but the people in the book are faced with the loss of all infrastructure and support. The story is about survival, dumbing-down, planting food, building back up with limited resources and tech-base, bartering with primitive people. and it has a good amount of adventure. Lots to learn / think about relating to survival.

    I think this series is the best fiction I have ever read.

    • These are excellent books!
      Also by S.M. Stirling, check out “Dies the Fire” and at least the next two books in the series. Starts out with an EMP like scenario and actually ties with “Island in the Sea of Time” There are more, while I found them enjoyable, they get more like fantasy fiction as they go on.

      “World Made by Hand” by James Howard Kunsler is well worth the read. Centers on life in upstate NY years after the collapse. Followed by “The Witch of Hebron” There is an excellent description of an appendectomy using only naturally available drugs.

      • Nebraska Woman says:

        I taught 3 of these books, Z for Zachariah, Alas, Babylon, and Atlas Shrugged. The class loved them and were spurred to lots of debate. In AB, we debated so many good issues such as law and order, Good Samaritan or not, and food.
        May I suggest another teen novel? My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George.
        I loved Kunsler’s books also. I would wander through stores thinking, “Now what will I need WTSHTF?”

      • Nebraska Woman says:

        Forgot to add any books by Gary Paulson are terrific. They hooked my male teens on reading, but I loved them, too.

      • Your mention of teen novel reminded me of a teen series set in Australia, about a small group of teen friends who go camping in the boonies, & while they’re gone, Australia is bombed & their small town is taken over by foreign troops. I thot it was called”The Day After” or something like that, but I googled that & a US movie came up.

        Also, THe Hunger Games were, I believe, marketed as a teen series, & is about survival in a future N America, although it’s hard to imagine any govt sponsoring that kind of organized survival hunger game. (Hopefully N Korea doesn’t get any ideas from that, given how bad their prison work camp system is already.)

      • “Tomorrow, When the War Began” by John Marsden is the series set in Australia. One interesting thing is that this group of teens decide to undermine & disrupt the foreign troops, get into some dangerous situations. If ur group wants to go under ground & become subversive, u may learn from this series. Not recommending anything illegal, but they say that all’s fair in love & war…

      • Nimble Fingers says:

        I would like to second your recommendation for Gary Paulson’s books, beginning with “The Hatchet.” It made readers out of my reluctant 7th grade boys who never could find a “good” book to read. Once they finished the 1st one, they were more than willing to continue in the series. Plus, it made good discussions for the small groups. It made the boys think about what they would do if faced with such a survival situation. I liked “The Hatchet” myself.

      • I loved Hatchet! Bought it for my son but ended up keeping it. Still on my bookshelf.

      • Got the Emberverse series on my iPad as well as all them on audiobook. As for why it’s called Emberverse, I know not, but good reads. Stirling also posts a chapter a month for about 6 months before the new one comes out every Sept. or so. His website also has some very good fan fiction as well.

      • Dies the Fire is an interesting read; however, it stretches physics into the fantasy world.

    • the other books of reign of fire series are great also, love his books.

  12. D. Smith says:

    S.M.Stirling also wrote a series starting with Dies the Fire…where,basically, everything mechanical no longer works. Like guns and cars and machinery. Series spirals down into a lot of nonsense but the first three books are really quite informative about how a group of survivors pulled together and survived the first starving winter to rebuild their society while having to protect themselves from several different groups not into rebuilding but instead taking survivors for slave laborers,etc. So much is real.though…having to do all farming by hand, for instance.. No guns mean archery became the norm as was horse power. I’ve always enjoyed all his books; Inventive writer

  13. I saw The Day of the Triffids when I was about 12 in a theatre. I remember it left me weak and exhausted from sitting down front while man eating plants destroyed earth. That was 50+ years ago. Years later when I bought my first VCR I told my kids if I could find it, I would rent the best movie I had ever seen. I did. It was awful on the small screen plus the technology and acting was dated. It was liking watching Buck Rogers in the 21st century today. I’d tell you how they saved earth, but I don’t want to be a spoiler 🙂

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Buck Rogers in the 21st century is worth watching for one reason “Erin Gray” and her skin tight outfits…

    • k. fields says:

      Believe me, the books The Day of the Triffids (1951) and The Chrysalids (1955) by John Wyndam, are much better than the movie. No invaders from space in the novels – but something possibly much more sinister. And much more detail on the problems trying to cope in a post-apocalyptic world.

  14. Want to hook your kids on prepping?

    “Hatchet” by Gary Paulson. Kid is sole survivor of a plane crash in the north woods. 
    “Brendon Chase” by “B.B.” British book, check eBay. Written in 1944 & still widely available in England.
    “The Lone Woodsman” by Warren Hastings Miller. 1943. Hard to find but worth it. Kid loses all his gear but a knife in the north woods. Great how-to, and the hard cover has illustrations. Was a Scolastic Books paperback in the 50s as “Two Hands and a Knife.”
    “The Mystery of Lost Valley” by Manly Wade Wellman. 1948? A group of kids get snowed in for the winter. Lots of how-to. Again, put a standing search on eBay. It will show up sometime.
    “Two Against the North” previously “Lost in the Barrens” by Farley Mowat. 1956
    Diddo Heinlein’s “Tunnel in the Sky,” the book that got me started in prepping back in the Cold War days.

    • k. fields says:

      How I Live Now (2005) by Meg Rosoff is also a great book for young people.

    • Two Against the North -I discovered this one when I was 8 yrs old, & when our son was that age, I got him a copy, & he loved it as much as I did.

  15. Paul Getson says:

    Over 30 years ago, in high-school, I read the book The Last Canadian.

    The American title is called Death Wind (mentioned above). I think this book may be the reason way back I began stockpiling books on survival and ways to rebuild technology. It started me on the path which I hope will lead to self-sufficiency some day.

    I’ve also read Lucifer’s Hammer by Pournelle, and many other titles. I’ve read a few in this list, but I’ll have a larger reading list ahead of me.

    I have read a lot of amateur fiction on places like Frugal Squirrels and other repositories that were pretty good too, so don’t just limit yourself to mainstream press.

  16. Patriot Dave says:

    pushing the envelope just a bit. Apocalyptic fiction does not portray catastrophes, or disasters, or near-disasters that do not result in apocalypse. A threat of an apocalypse does not make a piece of fiction apocalyptic. per wikipedia.

    “Agenda 21” by Glen Beck is a real good book on stopping the take over of the country so you don’t have to survive in a tryannical gov. I have not read the sequeal yet.
    “Fuse of Armegeddon” by Hank Hannegraff is also an excellent book on a plot to start a new world war, espionage and counter terrorism.
    “Implant” is a book on the internet. Not the best written. But an interesting plot. Also about stopping a planned coup on the US gov. and take over the world.
    “1984” is quasi a survival book, to-wit: how to survive in a tryannical government. That and “Fahrenheit 451” started me to realize the government was not always our friend.

    I realize we are doing books. But, I watch a lot of movies too.
    I saw 2 low budget movies recently. I don’t know if they are books or not. “Remnants” and “Deadland”. Former is a solar flare, later is a nuclear war. Neither were instructional. Both suffered from the usual low budget deficiencies. Renegade more about what not to do.
    “Book of Eli” I have not read the book, and only saw the movie. As instructional as “Mad Max”. Although the couch was real cool.
    T.V. Shows: “Falling skies”, “Revolution” both suffered from improbable plot developments, stupid characters doing stupid things, and required to much suspension of disbelief of their own world rules. Just bad sci fi.
    “Jericho” was a better show.
    Should “Wallee” be listed? Yea, lets survive on a spaceship.

  17. Great list, thanks for putting it together ,, especially with the synopsis of each and the link to Amazon.
    There were a few I haven’t read and I plant order them tonight.
    I like to curl up with a good book in the winter, and stretch out on the grass in the summer, guess I don’t need any special season to read,, love it all year long!

  18. ‘Mysterious Island’ by Jules Verne. Five Union POWs escape the Confederacy in a balloon, only to be driven by a storm to an I inhabited island in the Pacific. The prosper through their own know how and perseverance.

    ‘Two Little Savages’ by Ernest Thompson Seton. A fourteen year old
    city boy moves to the country and learns a lot of woodland skills while camping. Seton was the founder of the Boy Scouts of America.

    • Had not read that in years. I’ll drag Seton off the shelf this week. Thanks for the reminder. “The Book of Woodcraft” by Seton is back out as a reprint. A must have for any library.

  19. Under the Dome by Stephen King. This one was a page turner, I ended up sitting and reading it in a night. It goes to show how quickly people can and will turn on each other when something outside the norm happens.

  20. Backwoods Prepper says:

    My personal all time favorite is GOING HOME by A. American it’s the first of a series. Got a little bad language in the first half of the first book but the others are not bad at all. the others are
    77 days in September was awesome and also one second after. There is also one for the zombie lovers THE REMANING by DJ MOLLES 4 books in this series but all is good. JERNIGANS WAR by KEN GALLENDAR

  21. Thanks for the list! I’ve read quite a few of those, and for the most part enjoyed them. But special thanks for listing The Guardians. I had the whole series back in my college days, but sadly they had to go during one of my moves. I never could remember the series name, so I couldn’t re-purchase them. Now I’ve got the forst four in my Amazon cart!

  22. Son of Liberty says:

    I really like the book, “DISCOVERY TO CATASTROPHE” by Wood. It’s written for those who view end time things from a biblical perspective, but the last two-thirds of the book is a “how to” on prepping. Some may feel it moves too slowly through that section, but I think it is very helpful.

    The very last section of the book takes some unusual twists and turns that almost reads like tomorrow’s news.


    Son of Liberty

  23. k. fields says:

    For something different, you might try reading The Last Man written in 1826 by Mary Shelley (you know, the woman who wrote Frankenstein).
    Although it’s more of a metaphorical look at Percy Shelly, Lord Byron and the rest of the band, it is an interesting view of a possible apocalyptic world as seen through the eyes of the early 19th century.

    • Thanks! I just downloaded the freebie Kindle version. Mary Shelley and her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, were fascinating people in their own right. I think Mary Wollstonecraft’s “A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women’ in 1790 was the very first on the subject. There is a freebie Kindle version of that on Amazon, as well.

  24. Holding Their Own (Series) by Joe Nobody
    The Darkness After by Scott B Williams
    Grid Down (Series) by Bruce Buckshot Hemming

    Well written stories that engage, but also provide a wealth of information on Survival.

  25. Aww come on…You forgot the Entire “Holding their Own” series ( 7 books now) from ‘Joe Nobody’. Excellent books, well written, great character developement. I love them. Just got book 7 and will be done by the weekend!!

    • Spudweb;
      Thanks for the heads up on those books, I have been looking at them for some time but thought…..well maybe not.
      I have purchased a few books via kindle and was mightily disappointed where the story line went……….off the deep end. Happy they were only 99 cent books.

  26. Reminder: Offering a fictional book to a non prepper can be a way to get him/her interested in prepping. Use the fictional story to talk about the characters & situations they face, & ask something like: What do u think u’d do if u’re ever in that kind of situation? That could lead to sharing why u think some preparedness is a good idea, & suggest stocking extra food & water for a week or 2.

  27. Encourager says:

    I was able to order a number of these from the library. I am keeping the list so that later on I can order some from amazon.

    Right now budget is super-tight as dh went on the roof to put up new chimney cap and came down with all the gravelly stuff from the shingles sticking to his shoes – and that was the addition roof that is nearly 17 years old; the rest of the house is much older. Time for a completely new roof…ouch. Debating whether to spend the $$ and get a metal roof…

    • Chuck Findlay says:

      Go with metal if you can afford it and are planning to stay in the home. Metal roofs lend themselves to rain water collection much better then shingle roofs. They are cleaner.

      • Encourager says:

        Thanks, Chuck. We will be getting estimates for both types of roofs, metal and shingle.

        The problem with shingles is that they will want to lay them over the top of the existing shingles. The problem with THAT is that we have had certain areas re-shingled due to storm damage and found out that the cheapy builders did not use tar paper first.

  28. Rocketmama says:

    Thank you all for the great reading ideas. One more reason I’m happy to come to this blog every day. I clicked through MD’s Amazon link to look many of these books up and came across this…I don’t know anything about it but it is a free (at least right now) Kindle download and thought you might like to know if you are looking for a free read:

    The Survivors: Book One (Life After War) by Angela White.

    I’ve downloaded it to my phone to read during some down time. You can’t beat free. More $$$ for preps. 🙂

  29. Drew Lester says:

    The Coulter Saga:Friends of the Family is awesome. 2 books great stuff. First Activation by a guy named Wearmouth is pretty decent..A little sci fi ish but a book called Orbs is a definite WSHTF keeper.

  30. New Hampshah says:

    thanks for this list…there are several titles I never heard of, and I am looking up on amazon in a shopping spree right now!

    “Wool” series by Hugh Howey might interest some people…

  31. @Prepareanoid says:

    Great list! I highly recommend you add “One Second After”. It is the book that got me started prepping. Also, look into “A Matter of Days” and “EMP: Equiping Modern Patriots”. Thanks again for the list…you have added to my reading list for this year.

  32. Rocketmankarl says:

    Frank Herbert (famous for the Dune series) also wrote The White Plague, about a man-made plague that kills all women, and all men are carriers. Haven’t re-read it since I took the Red Pill, but I remember being interested in how quickly society broke down, and how the uninfected formed isolationist enclaves. Gotta dig that one up and read it again. Funny how the words are the same, but as we change and grow, the books take on new meaning with each reading.

  33. Chuck Findlay says:

    Heinlein’s Farman’s Freehold was not that good, Tunnel in the sky was good. I also tried to read Lucifer’s Hammer and only got ¼ through it before all the political backstabbing / maneuvering / bs got in the way of the story and I stopped reading it.

    I bought a copy of One Second After and it’s sitting on the shelf waiting for me to get to it. I thought work would slow down this winter and I would have time to read and do other projects. But it’s been busy and projects and reading has suffered from it.


  34. Well my first glempse into “prepper fiction” was enemies foreign and domestic have read all three novels in the series

  35. Paul Getson says:

    Does anyone know the author or possibly proper name of the book, I read this book back in the mid ’70s and thought it was called “The Terrible Things” Written by a British youth author. It was loosely based on a storyline similar to War of the Worlds and was the second in a series based on it.
    It’s about these alien machines that have taken over the British countryside, and how this group of people eventually figure out how to fight back and win.
    There are flying machines that hunt down any movement, and walking stilt-legged flame-throwing machines that stalk the cities.

    The author wrote a lot of books for youth, but I can’t track him down or any of his books.

  36. “The Survivalist” series and many other books by the same author, Jerry Ahern. RIP Jerry, you started me on this journey!

  37. Finally… Iamone brought up a great series by Matthew Bracken, all available at Amazon.
    1. Enemies Foreeign and Domestic
    2. Foreign Enemies and Traitors
    3. Domestic Enemies: the Reconquista

    It begins with a false flag event designed to result in gun confiscation (successful), continues with a hero from the first book coming back to the U.S. to find the nation has been splintered and covers a major holdout in Tennessee, and the third book covers the rise of la raza and the attempted overthrow of the U.S. in the Southwest. All of these scenarios are feasible. Good, thought provoking reading

  38. Frank J. Rock says:

    I just started a new book called The Remaining : Fractured by D.J. Molles . So far it is not to bad, time will tell though .

  39. We listen to audio books with my older kids and we all love listening to these types of books, although, as we are driving I think of all the ways we aren’t prepared and I immediately want to stop and buy more canned food….lol… However here are some books for 10 and up that we’ve enjoyed.
    The World as we Knew it-something causes the moon to move closer to the earth, thus causing all sorts of weather related disasters to occur. This is written in a diary format by an older teen who starts out rather spoiled and put out and develops into a survivor. There are 3 books in this series, I can’t remember the other 2 but we all loved them.
    The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood, and The Diamond of Darkhold. Great for 7 and up. All of these are a series and could stand alone, but better if read in that order. A group of people are living underground and their supplies are running out and everyone will die unless a way out is found.
    Last Light, Night Light, True Light, and Dawns Light-written by Terri Blackstock. An emp causes everything to stop working and nobody knows. It’s about a small community that comes together and learns to recycle, till up their lawns for a garden, haul water from the creek and get along while murders and crime happens to their small circle of friends.
    I’ll include Left Behind and that whole series of books as it is about people disappearing and a government that rises up with evil intentions to convert people or face the consequences.

  40. HEY IT'S ,DAVE says:

    I read many of these books decades ago. It wouldn’t hurt to reread ’em. What impresses me most is how accurately those early writers predicted social and political conditions in, what to them was, the far future.

  41. There was a great series of books that I read but cannot for the life of me remember the titles.
    I believe the scenario was a natural EMP event from solar flares. Main characters are one specific family and how they learn to deal with the situation. The were completely non preppers. Some of the highlights, w/o giving out to much, may help someone recognize these and be able to tell me the name.
    1. Daughter decides to travel(to fiance, i think) with neighbor who has to travel to check in on his business. Things go bad for her.
    2.talks about things like adding oil(vegetable,lard,etc.) to water to increase your caloric intake.
    3. Family helps apartment complex learn to work together and get through this tough time.

    I kept those general enough to no spoil, but hopefully enough to let someone know what series I am talking about so then can give me the name. I would love to read them again as the first time I read them I did not have a prepper mind set.

    • LittleAnniePrepper says:

      Series by Terri Blackstock mentioned above. Last Night, Night Light, True Light, and Dawn’s Light. This is written by a Christian author. I don’t have a problem with this, but some might. Just read it last year, that’s why I remember them.

  42. Secret Agent Man says:

    Some very interesting books listed above. For myself there were two influences to start prepping, the prophetic parts of The Bible, and the original version of the movie “Red Dawn”.
    Recently I read “Patriots” and “One Second After” and both were good.

  43. I’ve read a little more than half of all of the books listed, which means I still have some reading to, do LOL.
    Leo Frankowski, “The Cross Time Engineer”, which is the first book in his Conrad Stargard series. I recommend the entire series.
    Also, “Last of the Breed” by Louis L’Amour, one of his few non western cowboy books, and a great read.

  44. I will have to try and give some of them a read. I really wish there were some good new doomsday TV shows or Movies out that were not fantasy. Jericho was a good TV show that, unfortunately, lasted only 2 seasons.

  45. Dang. Looks like I came late to the game. One series I would add to this list is Glen Tate’s 299 Days. A lot of apocalypse fiction lacks character development and real-life scenarios. I like Tate’s series because I can relate to the characters.

    I also like the Jakarta Pandemic. I read this book straight-through. There is something to be said for writers that can keep you turning pages until 4 a.m. And this book is a real page turner.

  46. California Bob says:

    That was a a good list with some of my favorites. Here’s a link to “Castle Keeps” at amazon:


  47. Southern Forager says:

    I have read a lot of the books listed and liked them. I recently found an author, Jacqueline Druga, that I love. The first novel that I read was Last Woman about a woman who wakes up naked in a pile of bodies stacked in a stadium. A plague has occurred and most have died. She survived – very interesting! Her other books are great too.

  48. Thanks for the list again. “Dies The Fire” series by S.M.Sterling. An EMP type event also knocks out gun powder. Get’s very interesting.

  49. Good list. Thought Nevil Shute’s novel, “On the Beach” should have made the cut.

  50. Country Vet says:

    Found a lot of these at Alibris.com that Amazon did not have.
    Excellent list. Thanks!

  51. Gratuitous marketing: Consider mine for one from a Canadian perspective. It’s title, Olduvai, pays homage to Richard Duncan–electrical engineer and peak ‘oilist’-who proposed the Olduvai Theory that argues “Although all primary sources of energy are important, the Olduvai theory identifies electricity as the quintessential end-use energy of Industrial Civilization…[A]ccording to the Olduvai schematic, world energy production per capita will decrease…[then] there will be a rash of permanent electrical blackouts worldwide. Consequently the vital…functions—communication, computation, and control—will be lost.
    …Mother Nature then solves for us the (apparently) insuperable problem of the Tragedy of the Unmanaged Commons, which the human race seems either incapable or unwilling to solve for itself.
    Governments have lost respect. World organizations are ineffective. Neo-tribalism is rampant. The population is over [seven] billion and counting. Global warming and emerging diseases are headlines. The reliability of the electrical power networks is failing. And the instant the power goes out, you are back in the Dark Ages.”

    • Steve,
      At some point we will come to our senses, and either coal (we have a 500 year supply) or nuclear energy will end up keeping us up and running. There may unfortunately be some misery in the short term.
      With a little luck, the High Beta Fusion reactor project at Lockheed will pay off, and we could have essentially unlimited power from small fusion systems within a decade or so.
      People have predicted the demise of humans for centuries; generally not thinking out of the box enough to see what upcoming technology will bring us.

  52. LittleAnniePrepper says:

    Lights Out by David Crawford. I’ve read a lot of the others listed. Thanks for doing this, MD. This is timely given we’re going to have a cold winter and I’ll be doing a lot of reading.

  53. When “Alas, Babylon” was mentioned, I immediately thought of “On The Beach”. It’s a great Apocalyptic novel, but not so much a Survivalist novel. If you like happy endings, avoid like the plague.

    My favorite of the genre is “Parable of the Sower” by Octavia Butler. It’s not that great for survival knowledge, but it is the absolute most hopeful post-Apocalyptic novel I have read.

    • Oh yeah, another excellent read is “Oath of Fealty” by Jerry Pournelle. Not very Survivalist or Apocalyptic, but definitely post-industrial/post-fossil fuel/post-globalist Powerdown neo-feudal sort of scenario.

  54. One great book that I read about 5 months ago is called “Primal Shift” by Griffin Hayes. Excellent portrayal of a SHTF scenario from multiple viewpoints of the characters.

  55. I just finished the 3rd book in the “life as we know it” series by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I haven’t read much of this type of book, being somewhat new to prepping. It seems like it would be well suited to young adults as the main charaters are always teens. Based on what I’ve read about other books, the big pros to me of these books were 1) tehy really didn’t have a religous focus 2) the charaters were very average…they don’t possess special survial skills gained from military training or anything I can’t relate to. I enjoyed them and I thought they seemed pretty realistic.

  56. Noel V. Cespon says:

    Guys, I’m searching for the title of a book about a group of people who crash in an island. After agreeing on cannibalism for survival, they deliberated on who should make the first sacrifice. Eventually, it was the artist who was chosen because art is not relevant during survival.
    Can any of you help me as to what’s the title of this book and who the author is?

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