This post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.
This month’s question — I’ll skip just this month so I can get started on the #AtoZChallenge
The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day in April except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last three times, will be writing genres.
set in a future time period where the earth as we know it ended
- This is a subgenre of science fiction, science fantasy, dystopia, or horror in which the Earth’s civilization is collapsing or has collapsed.
- The plot, characters, and story deal with how people respond to a worldwide disaster that results in the deaths of many people and the destruction of society.
- The nature of the disaster is varied. The only hard rule is it must destroy/almost destroy the world, society.
- The cause of the disaster is less important than how the survivors deal with their new lives in a changed world.
- Post-apocalyptic fiction is distinct from but related to dystopian literature.
- Post-apocalyptic fiction usually takes place either sooner after the apocalypse or in a world where no formal society exists yet.
- Themes include survival, breakdown of morality, importance of human connection, and the inevitability of death.
- You might also tackle major subjects like climate change, nuclear weapons, dictatorships, and more.
- The Bone Wall by D. Wallace Peach
- Ration by Cody Luff
- The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
- I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
- On the Beach by Nevil Shute
- The Stand by Stephen King
- World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into any of these S-Z genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and a link where to purchase it.
More P Genres:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.