Here's How Apocalyptic Fiction Has Changed Over the Last Century

Tumblr user Destination Toast has done a lot of statistical analyses of fandom — all of it very impressive — but the latest analyzes how the kinds of apocalypses in fiction have changed over time. We're worried about a lot more now than we used to be. » 3/12/15 1:30am 3/12/15 1:30am

Top 11 Greatest Apocalyptic Comedies Of All Time

This past weekend, Last Man on Earth proved that people still love to laugh at the end of the world. But hilarious looks at the end of days are nothing new — the extinction of humanity always brings out the dark humor in people. Here are the top 10 greatest apocalyptic comedies of all end times. » 3/03/15 11:11am 3/03/15 11:11am

Read A Great Apocalyptic Story That's Already Been Proved Wrong!

The Apocalypse Triptych covers a lot of apocalyptic scenarios in three books. But Jake Kerr has the unusual distinction of A) writing about a really cool asteroid impact scenario B) hinging his storyline on a future scenario that we already know won't happen. Read Kerr's essay about being wrong, and then read the… » 2/27/15 4:00pm 2/27/15 4:00pm

Rob Lowe Stars In "Witty" British Miniseries About A Comet Apocalypse

The apocalypse shows no sign of loosening its grip on mass media. The next end of the world: an eight-mile-wide comet strikes Earth and wipes out all life. But first, a group of surviving humans huddle beneath the English town of Slough and waits for the end, including Rob Lowe. » 1/20/15 3:30pm 1/20/15 3:30pm

The 10 Types of Fictional Apocalypses (And What They Mean)

The Apocalypse rules pop culture. Half the biggest literary novels these days are apocalyptic, and meanwhile The Walking Dead is a huge hit. Post-apocalyptic stories are what space opera was in the Space Age. But what are they about? Here are 10 types of apocalypses, and what they each signify. » 10/07/14 10:05am 10/07/14 10:05am

Black Moon's Insomnia Epidemic Is The Most Unsettling Apocalypse Of All

We're living in a golden age of apocalyptic books right now, with everybody from Margaret Atwood to Cormac McCarthy to Colson Whitehead telling apocalyptic tales. We've had a plague apocalypse, and an apocalypse where children's voices are toxic. But the insomnia plague in Kenneth Calhoun's Black Moon is still… » 3/31/14 4:30pm 3/31/14 4:30pm

A Closer Look At The Evil Virus That Kills Humanity In The Last Ship

In Michael Bay's new TV show The Last Ship, a deadly virus threatens to wipe out the entire human race — except for Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, and the other people on a single Navy ship. Here's an exclusive new promo which shows the oozy nastiness of this virus, up close. » 3/27/14 9:20am 3/27/14 9:20am

"Thanks Safeway": A Fake Trailer Comparing Downsizing to Alien Attack

Losing your job due to corporate downsizing can feel pretty apocalyptic — and one employee of supermarket chain Dominick's captures that feeling perfectly in this video, made after Safeway closed 72 of its Chicago-area Dominick's stores. » 12/30/13 1:50pm 12/30/13 1:50pm

Will toy companies keep us from ever getting a superheroine movie?

Welcome to Postal Apocalypse, the only mail column on the internet written by a fake mailman from the future (that I know of)! Today we're discussing how toys affect movies — or prevent them, why DC seems determined to piss off everybody, and the best songs to sing around your apocalyptic campfire (besides "Every Rose… » 9/11/13 8:30am 9/11/13 8:30am

How The World's End rejects 'drunken, misogynistic' manchild films

In The World's End, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost gather their former best friends to drink their old hometown dry. But when we talked to Pegg, Frost and director Edgar Wright, they told us how this apocalyptic comedy isn't like your usual "drunken midlife crisis" film. Plus the secret of using genre to tell a personal… » 8/21/13 12:30pm 8/21/13 12:30pm

10 Completely Ridiculous Ways the World Has Ended

The end of the world is a scary idea, but the way the world ends isn’t always so terrifying. As it turns out, society could collapse or the planet could get destroyed in a variety of dumb and/or ludicrous ways. Here are 10 doomsday scenarios we hope will kill us, if only so we don’t have to die of embarrassment. » 8/12/13 10:00am 8/12/13 10:00am

Bill Nye explains how to stop an asteroid

Bill Nye teamed up with Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown of AsapSCIENCE to address one of the most pressing not-if-but-when questions in recent memory: how do we stop a major asteroid from colliding with Earth? » 7/24/13 7:20am 7/24/13 7:20am

John Hodgman explains the end of the world to you

John Hodgman is the world's foremost expert on all things canny and uncanny, and everything in between. And today marks the release of Ragnarok, his one-hour comedy special about the apocalypse, via Netflix. To celebrate, we talked to him about the meaning of apocalyptic stories, and why he doesn't love zombies. » 6/20/13 12:46pm 6/20/13 12:46pm

9 Biggest Myths About the Apocalypse

We've all spent a little time obsessing about the end of the world (or maybe a lot of time). But are your apocalyptic thoughts based in reality, or fed by pop culture fantasies? Here are nine myths about how the apocalypse will happen. » 5/15/13 10:00am 5/15/13 10:00am

What's killing all the people in this exclusive book trailer for Rick…

Rick Yancey's The Fifth Wave is one of the summer's buzzed-about young-adult debut novels, and we're debuting an exclusive book trailer right here on io9. The "first wave" wiped out half a million people. And you can see here what the second wave does. What do you think the fifth wave is? » 4/09/13 4:53pm 4/09/13 4:53pm

What the Death of the Sun Will Look Like

About 1.2 billion years from now, the sun will begin to change. As the hydrogen fuel in its core is used up, the burning will spread outward toward the surface. This will make the sun grow brighter. This increased radiation will have a devastating effect on our planet. Here's what that might look like. » 4/09/13 1:17pm 4/09/13 1:17pm

What's better after the apocalypse: dick jokes or poop jokes? We asked…

Emma Watson, aka Hermione from the Harry Potter movies, shows up and steals supplies from James Franco and his friends, in the latest trailer for This is the End. But how did Rogen and his co-director/co-writer Evan Goldberg coax a crazy comedy performance out of Watson? And what sort of humor was going too far for… » 4/03/13 2:09pm 4/03/13 2:09pm

The studio did not want to let James Franco and Seth Rogen play…

This is the End is a comedy in which Seth Rogen, James Franco and a host of celebrities play themselves, facing the end of the world. Does that sound like a weird concept for a film to you? It certainly sounded weird to studio execs, who fought hard against letting a host of famous people lampoon themselves — and die… » 3/31/13 7:30am 3/31/13 7:30am

In the aftermath of the War of the Gods, one man will stop at nothing…

Chuck Wendig wowed us with Mockingbird and Blackbirds, and now he's creating a brand new fantasy series, with the ultra twisted Gods and Monsters: Unclean Spirits. And we've got a brand new exclusive excerpt, right here. » 3/18/13 4:30pm 3/18/13 4:30pm

Your biggest life challenges, addressed: Gray hair, ponies and fantasy…

The toughest part about being The Postman in post-apocalyptic northwest America? The darned Holnist Army. You know, those jerks led by General Bethelhem whose sole duty seems to be being assholes to everybody. Somehow my job has turned from "delivering mail" into "delivering mail and fighting an actual war" with… » 12/12/12 8:00am 12/12/12 8:00am