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Which movie or book comes closest to predicting how our world would end?

Asked by mazingerz88 (29002points) June 9th, 2014

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ucme's avatar

Terminator 2

talljasperman's avatar

Civilisation video games.

janbb's avatar

This poem kind of says it all.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Dr. Strangelove

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Seek “What do you mean you’ve never been to Alpha Centauri? Oh, for heaven’s sake, mankind, it’s only four light years away, you know. I’m sorry, but if you can’t be bothered to take an interest in local affairs, that’s your own lookout. Energize the demolition beam. I don’t know, apathetic bloody planet, I’ve no sympathy at all.”

@talljasperman I usually go for a science victory. That’d be nice.

Pachy's avatar

Deep impact or Melancholia

talljasperman's avatar

@El_Cadejo Civ : Beyond Earth is coming out this year.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@talljasperman right right, silly me. I’ve been playing a ton of BNW lately so I have that on the mind.

CWOTUS's avatar

Facebook.

Flame war after flame war.

jerv's avatar

I think many cyberpunk books have it right; megacorporations take over, huge wealth disparity, poverty takes out the majority of humanity while the corps fight until the point of mutual destruction.

Blondesjon's avatar

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road captures what I believe what the very end will be like, regardless of the cause.

canidmajor's avatar

Soft Apocalypse
Not with a bang, but with a whimper.

Either that, or Buffy just decides she’s sick of it, and goes on vacation until the various Hellmouths spew out all the funky guys and civilization as we know it ends.

CWOTUS's avatar

Well, since Facebook isn’t really a book, I’m also going to suggest a poem, which can be reproduced here in its entirety, and which is probably the most accurate, anyway:

Fire and Ice
BY ROBERT FROST

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

canidmajor's avatar

@CWOTUS : Click on @janbb‘s link.

CWOTUS's avatar

Whoa. That’s a special kind of plagiarism. @janbb not only stoled my pome, but she stoled it from the very same page that I stoled it from.

ragingloli's avatar

War of the Worlds.
Just you wait, puny humans.

Blondesjon's avatar

you mean when we kill the martians like we killed countless natives, by using our disease riddled european bodies to give them the flu?

DWW25921's avatar

Shawn of the Dead

filmfann's avatar

Dr. Strangelove, or possibly the Stand.

RocketGuy's avatar

Waterworld

janbb's avatar

@CWOTUS Sketchy ethics now too??

CWOTUS's avatar

I am shocked, shocked!, @janbb, that you could have managed to visit the page that I was going to visit and steal the poem that I was going to steal to respond to the question and do it before I did. Sketchy, indeed! I’m scandalized!

janbb's avatar

Oh – you libertarians are always shocked by us librarians!

CWOTUS's avatar

Just think, if you were from a certain West African nation, shared my political leanings, kept your job and fixed someone a drink, it could be a Liberian libertarian librarian libation.

rojo's avatar

Dahlgren.

pur776138's avatar

A Brave New World

El_Cadejo's avatar

@pur776138 At least the people in A Brave New World were happy (or thought they were) I’m not sure the same could be said about our society.

Berserker's avatar

I have nothing specific, but anything that deals with famine and disease as the major culprit.

mazingerz88's avatar

Dang, no Godzilla answers. LOL

Armageddon or Deep Impact is my guess, with that planet-killer asteroid hitting us. : (

ragingloli's avatar

what was that crappy movie called where a planet shoots a laser at a planet and the planet explodes?

Seek's avatar

Battlefield Earth?

mazingerz88's avatar

Mom and Dad Save The World-?

Seek's avatar

Oh, wait. She means Star Wars.

rojo's avatar

A Canticle for Leibowitz.

udaykrishan's avatar

No movie can predict end of our world only god can.

CarloKIT's avatar

So far… the movie “2012”.

RocketGuy's avatar

Can I change my answer to Elysium? The 1% seem to be doing really well.

Pachy's avatar

I think 2011’s bleak Melancholia nailed it, as did the 1951 sci-fi relic it echoes, When World’s Collide.

janbb's avatar

H.G. Well’s The Time Machine gives a pretty bleak picture of the dying of the world.

RocketGuy's avatar

Time Machine also has the split between the haves and the have-nots. Yummy!

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