Science fiction vs Post-Apocalyptic Fiction?

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Sn1p3r187, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. Sn1p3r187

    Sn1p3r187 Carolinian Shaolin Monk

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    Which do you like better and why? I mean I love Post-apocalyptic, it gives that big scenario of what if and what would happen after the end of civilization though I think the likelihood wouldn't be like the After the End trope, but more like post Roman society. It isn't that bad, society hasn't totally collapsed, it'd be more like breaking off into a bunch a nation states in the U.S and Europe after a nuclear WWIII and eventually rise of a bunch of warlords and smugglers that dare challenge what little government is left. But the knowledge of the pre-war times would be there but it'd be lost in a different sense. It wouldn't be anything on the level of Fallout with a crapsack world and the knowledge being lost, it'd be more like "We can't build a GPS anymore" or "We can't watch Netflix anymore". But in a majority of cases I usually choose Sci-fi settings. Why? Because when I think about Post-apocalyptic I don't want that idea of doom and gloom to hang over my head thinking about how the world will end and when will it end. It's like you stay around it for so long and eventually that pessimism will rub off on you and have you waiting instead of living. With Sci-fi settings; it gives me that positive light that we'll be smart enough to not let a nuclear, chemical, or Bio war happen and let it destroy civilization like that. And with that I can keep that hope alive and hope for a better tomorrow than for that tomorrow to be the last tomorrow. Sure, when I think about it Fallout is fun but in some cases I feel like I play it for too long and I start thinking too hard and philosophizing if we'll all die out in a similar manner. But which do you like better and why? Deus Ex is awesome.
     
  2. Battlecross

    Battlecross Banned

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    Jun 17, 2015
    They're not really directly comparable, so I like both.
     
  3. Akratus

    Akratus Bleep bloop.

    May 14, 2011
    Science-fiction is less restrictive than Post-Apocalyptic fiction. I find that most post apocalyptic fiction falls into a few catagories. The post nuclear one, the zombie one etc. Of course there are more, and there are great stories told within such a setting. But science-fiction is more prestigious.
     
  4. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Post Apocalyptic can be Science fiction, so I don't get how you can "choose between the two". Science Fiction is a very large and generalized genre.
     
  5. Atomic Postman

    Atomic Postman Vault Archives Overseer

    Mar 16, 2013
    I was under the impression that they were one and the same. Post-Apocalyptic being a sub-genre.
     
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  6. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Well, technically you can make a Supernatural Post Apocalyptic story. Doesn't necessarily have to always be Science fiction.
     
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  7. Sn1p3r187

    Sn1p3r187 Carolinian Shaolin Monk

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    Yeah I see what you mean. They can both fall hand in hand. But what I mean here is more of a pure thing instead of a blend you know? Like the pure genre itself with an indication of one in the other. Like Deus Ex or Halo vs The Walking Dead and The Last of Us.
     
  8. Akratus

    Akratus Bleep bloop.

    May 14, 2011
    That, too.
     
  9. Sn1p3r187

    Sn1p3r187 Carolinian Shaolin Monk

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    But overall the two genres are different.
     
  10. Chromevod

    Chromevod Nope.

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    They're not really things you can just separate and call it a day though, as before, usually there's some overlap with post-apocalyptic stories and another genre. Even some of the more cut and dry post-apocalypse stories like The Road have elements of science fiction involved. Genres outside of the very broadest of categories tend to overlap with one another, and even then overlap is possible.

    Besides, it's rather limiting to say that you prefer one genre to another. Genres are simply tools to help craft a story, the work being judged on how well it uses all the tools at it's disposal.
     
  11. Sn1p3r187

    Sn1p3r187 Carolinian Shaolin Monk

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    I guess you got a point there. I should rearrange this and ask- Which do you like your genre to have more of regardless of what it is, Science Fiction or Post-apocalyptic stuff? Better?
     
  12. Chromevod

    Chromevod Nope.

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    May 25, 2011
    Much.

    But, it's still a hard question for me personally to answer. Others may have a more definitive answer, but it would depend on my mood, I suppose. By and large though, I would look for something more science-fiction based. I do like more conventional post-apocalypse stories, but by my own nature I'd go for sci-fi more often.
     
  13. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    I prefer good science fiction over post-apo. Sci-fi is covering broader fields of human endeavours, whilst post-apo sticks witch psychology or sociology mostly, so I find sci-fi novels or stories to be much more original and interesting. Of course, good post-apo combined with sci-fi sits on the top of that all! :nuclear:
     
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  14. Sn1p3r187

    Sn1p3r187 Carolinian Shaolin Monk

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    Apr 7, 2014
    Name some good Post apo and Sci fi combos. Besides Fallout.
     
  15. Akratus

    Akratus Bleep bloop.

    May 14, 2011
    Warhammer 40.000? Multiple apocalypses in that one. :razz:
     
  16. Sn1p3r187

    Sn1p3r187 Carolinian Shaolin Monk

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    (Angel Chorus) Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
     
  17. Sn1p3r187

    Sn1p3r187 Carolinian Shaolin Monk

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    Apr 7, 2014
    MmMM. Metro 2033?
     
  18. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    Blame! it's a mango.
    Does Mad max count as Science Fiction?
     
  19. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    1984 - George Orwell
    The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham
    A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter M. Miller
    Metro 2033 - Dmitry Glukhovsky
    The Postman - David Brin
    The Darkness - Ondrej Neff
     
  20. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    The Postman? Hmm, the movie at least isn't really science fiction in my opinion.

    I would say no.

    The Matrix is a post apoc science fiction movie.
     
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