Science fiction has a plethora of ideas about what happened in the past and what to expect from the future. Unfortunately, not all of those ideas are exactly plausible in reality. In Suspension of Disbelief, we’ll take a look at the best ideas from sci-fi movies, books, comics and videogames to see where (and if) they intersect with the real world.
Humans love to think about a world in which we no longer exist. Whether we’re blowing ourselves up, being eaten by reanimated corpses, succumbing to rampant plagues, or whatever else, we love to imagine how all of society might be wiped out. Post-apocalyptic fiction is easily one of the most popular genres in science-fiction because it forces us to comprehend a world in which life as we know it is obliterated in one fell swoop.
Maybe through reckoning with the apocalypse we find some sort of catharsis with just how fragile we are on our pale blue dot. Though they’re about humanity in its most dire times, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction are almost always about the ways that we face the end times head-on, either changing our fates through bravery, ingenuity, and sacrifice, or marching on with our lives even though there seems to be no reason left to.
Unfortunately, the harsh reality of science says that eventually humanity will face multiple apocalypses until our chances of survival has reached zero. Click through the gallery to see the real ways humanity could be (and maybe will be) wiped out.
Hailing from upstate New York, Cameron Wade is a freelance writer interested in movies, videogames, comic books and more. You can find his work at protogeektheblog.wordpress.com.