I have discussed two major antagonists in dystopian fiction: “Big Brother” and “Evil Corporation.” Today I will be briefly discussing apocalyptic fiction. This sub-genre can be traced back to biblical times. The Book of Daniel is an ancient example of apocalyptic literature. Outside of the religious context, the impetus for the apocalypse may be nuclear holocaust, war, plague, asteroid collision, alien invasion, and zombies. Apocalyptic fiction focuses on the “end of days,” and often, more importantly, the breakdown of civilization and the destruction of man’s humanity.
Some excellent novels include:
There are many, many more out there as this is a very broad sub-genre. I have provided only a taste. Please feel free to contribute more in the comments.