This is an excellent writing question. I lean toward an EMP with some crazy mixed-up events that further complicate everything for everyone – like some sort of accidental weapon exchanges. Settings can be very interesting any way you go but suffice it to say that most people don’t have much survival skill anymore anything will present many challenges. When is a major factor. Generations past the event steals from the tension of event which can heavily lend itself to the setting, almost becoming a character unto itself.
Have a look at C. S. Boyack’s thoughts on the subject.
Stephen King’s The Stand was always my prototype for apocalyptic stories. There’s just something about most of the people being killed off that adds depth to a story about the end of the world. I also like add-ons about infrastructure falling apart and people reverting to a more savage existence.
That is a good one. I’ve read several over time and they all have some sort of appeal for various reasons. I think many people just like to think they can hack it.
Great thoughts on the topic. Thanks.
My pleasure. I enjoyed that post very much.
My Sophomore high school English teacher recommended Alas Babylon and it’s always been one of my favorites. In fact, I just bought it again for my grandchildren.
Haven’t thought about that one in a while.