Cat’s Cradle: Kurt Vonnegut (Short Version)

For those of you with better things to do than read an essay written by me, or you know, those of you who actually really want to read the book… In true Vonnegut style this a pretty weird book. This was the first full length story I have read by him and unlike his shorter…

Cat’s Cradle: Kurt Vonnegut (Long Version)

For those of you in a reading mood: In true Vonnegut style this a pretty weird book. This was the first full length story I have read by him and unlike his shorter works which are fast paced and where every word counts, Cat’s Cradle is actually a fairly lengthy read where very little happens…

A Boy and His Dog: 1975

-Review by Paul Ewbank- Ooooh boy. This is…um…yeah. This is quite a film. So Liz and I are up at her folk’s place in Yorkshire for half term week. We figured we’d pass the week in style with a host of fine ales, card games and classic post-apocalyptic films we’d acquired. One such film was…

Paul’s Top 10 Tentacled Creatures

-Article by Paul Ewbank- Because a good idea is a good idea. Technically not all of these are from post apocalyptic media, but hey, gimme a break. Just imagine what would happen if they all joined forces and attempted to overthrow humanity. That dystopian enough for ya? 10. The Kraken (Clash of the Titans) I…

Cloud Atlas: David Mitchell

-Review by John Ewbank- If you enjoy channel-hopping, Cloud Atlas might just be the book for you. Written by David Mitchell (not that David Mitchell, a different – and better – one), it consists of six interwoven stories that range in time from the past to the present to the future, and in genre from…

Blindness (2008)

This is a really grim film. I mean seriously question-your-faith-in-humanity GRIM*! The basic premise is that the population of the world slowly turns blind, starting with a few related cases, and the first few hundred sufferers are quarantined (imprisoned) in an abandoned hospital to prevent them from infecting others. Our plot follows a selection of…

Straight Title Robot Anime

-Review by Paul Ewbank- I’ve seen some weird stuff in my time. Heck, I’ve seen some stuff that’s weird even by anime standards. Spirited Away? Made perfect sense to me. Those giant bug things in Nausicaa? Whatever. That bit in Neon Genesis Evangelion where they ran out of money and shot the last two episodes…

Liz’s Top 10 Tentacled Monsters

Number 10 Serleena from Men in Black 2. Although this character is pretty much just a glorified Medusa, she is pretty darn glorified. With extendable and seemingly endless tentacles she manages to cause huge amounts of chaos while appearing for all intents and purposes as an extremely attractive and scantily clad underwear model. Whereas I…

Fahrenheit 451: Ray Bradbury

-Reviw by Paul Ewbank- Fahrenheit 451 is a book about how books are the most important thing in the universe. It’s also about how TV and instant gratification culture are destroying your soul. Despite sounding like it was written by your old Sunday School teacher (you all went to Sunday School, right?), it’s actually very…

Sven Kristian

Kristian’s work places gas-masked figures in conventional situations, creating an oddly disturbing, post-apocalyptic feel to day-to-day actions. The behavior portrayed in these images makes the run-down, deserted surroundings seem even more menacing, heightened by the faceless, gas-masked figure in each.

Out with a Bang: The top 5 Coolest Videogame Apocalypses

– Article by Paul Ewbank- End of the world scenarios are ten a penny in the realm of videogames. Whether it’s the “save the world from evil” quests of pretty much every RPG since Final Fantasy or the gritty, brown and grey post apocalyptic ruins of most modern day shooters, the end of all things…

Never Let Me Go: Kazuo Ishiguro

-Review by John Ewbank- Never Let Me Go is a 2005 novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, a Japanese-born British author most famous for his Booker Prize winning novel The Remains of the Day, which was about a butler in 1930s England. He’s not the first name you’d think of when it comes to apocalyptic or dystopian fiction,…