Apocalyptic visions of the future have a popular place in the gaming imagination.
Post-apocalyptic visions reflect society's fears – and gamers get to immerse themselves in it.
The movie ‘Children of Men,’ based on the book of the same name by P.D. James, shows how people come together in a tragedy.
The end of times, and any small-scale apocalypse, has a special quality: that of distilling what is important from what is superficial and unnecessary.
The real focus of end-of-days narratives isn’t the spectacle of collapse, but about what comes after and how it challenges our world view.
Why Jerusalem matters to evangelicals.
Many American evangelicals believe that the establishment and protection of Israel set up a chain of event for the return of Jesus. What were the origins of this narrative?
Imagine a world where artificial intelligence is in control and humans are brink of extinction. What went wrong? What could we have done?
No problem too big #1: Artificial intelligence and killer robots.
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In this special Speaking With podcast episode, a panel of artists and researchers speculates on the end of the world due to artificial intelligence and killer robots, as though it has already happened.
The Simpsons, but not as you know them. Jude Henshall in Mr Burns.
Mr Burns is a dazzling meditation on the meaning of theatre through The Simpsons.
A gamma ray burst close to Earth could be devastating.
If we survive for another 7.59 billion years, our planet will spiral into the outer layers of the dying sun and melt away forever.
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Fear is a potent emotion that influences our decision-making. Each presidential candidate has tried to harness it during the last stretch of the campaign.
What's the worst that could happen after the US election? As ever, "preppers" are ready for the total collapse of society.
What could we do if a real-life zombie disease started to spread?
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The world is simply a much scarier and more uncertain place than it was in 1996. How does the new Independence Day film deal with this?
What it's like running away from hordes of zombies in a dilapidated London hospital.
An apocalyptic vision drives the terrorist group.
All’s well … then one day you walk out the front door and into a freshly-nuked hellscape.
Do you run wild in Fallout, or vicariously hunt zombies in The Walking Dead? Three philosophers investigate the enduring appeal of the post-apocalypse.
People in the West seem to have a bleak vision of the prospects for our way of life and even for the survival of humanity.
People rate the risks of global threats to humanity surprisingly high. We need to understand the impacts of a loss of faith in notions of material progress and scientific and technological fixes.
Dramatic, but not apocalyptic.
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A rare super blood moon visible from parts of the Earth this month will delight those people lucky enough to see it. But why has this marvel of the solar system got some people so worried?
John Hamilton Mortimer, Death on a Pale Horse, 1775.
We have reached a point where apocalyptic vocabulary litters writing – but the end of the world has always populated paintings, and betrays a lot about contemporary concerns.
Rome vs Raqqa.
What does a century-old sci-fi novel have to do with the Vatican's view of Islamic State?
Clockwatchers are getting impatient.
The second hand of the Doomsday Clock is now only three minutes to midnight. This is the closest to apocalypse we have come since 1984 – the coldest of Cold War years, just a year after Able Archer, the…
Literary critical terms and theories have been adopted by education institutions as a way to provoke thought on the relationship between humans and the environment.
How can art and literature help us imagine a climate-changed world? In 1995, ecocritic Lawrence Buell argued that apocalypse is the single most powerful master metaphor that environmentalism has at its…