postholocaust adj.

= post-apocalyptic adj.

SF Criticism


  • 1962 Cheshire Observer 24 Feb. 1/6

    At the same time, perhaps we should have in mind that the broadcast appeal I referred to at the outset was made by a woman, no less a person than the wife of Premier Khruschev, and she, like all women who have experienced childbirth, knows that all the Civil Defence in the world cannot prevent the terrible results of the intense and unnatural radiation released by the terror weapon. It would be the women of the world who would bear the main burden of suffering of the post holocaust period.

  • 1968 Punch 12 June 865/3

    A misfit poet…gets accidentally projected forward…and finds a post-holocaust world that has returned to the ways of the Middle Ages.

  • 1977 T. Rogers in Starlog Jan. 19/2

    Genesis II (1973), Roddenberry’s first pilot for Warner Brothers, begins in the year 1979, and quickly moves into the mysterious 22nd century. Like Buck Rogers, the hero—Dylan Hunt (Alex Cord in the role)—wakes up in the post-holocaust world of the future.

  • 1980 J. Clute in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Apr. 48/1 John Clute

    Engine Summer is set in a post-holocaust America… Indians have been so long forgotten that the glorious days of early autumn, during which much of the story takes place, are referred to as engine summer.

  • 1980 Thrust Fall (verso front cover) (advt.)

    The second volume in Harrison’s Viriconium Sequence takes place in a post-holocaust dream world of the far, far future: one peopled by feudal fantasy figures, spaceship captains, alchemist dwarves, and resurrected humans known as Reborn Men. A marvelous science fantasy sequel to The Pastel City.

  • 1985 J. C. Bunnell The Role of Books in Dragon Magazine Feb. 38/3

    Putting that last claim in perspective involves realizing that the GAMMA WORLD ® science-fantasy game, which shares a post-holocaust setting with Williams’s books, really doesn’t offer a complete portrait of civilization.

  • 1993 SFRA Review Jan. 10

    I will be accepting reviews of science fiction, fantasy and horror, well as supernatural, utopian, dark fantasy, apocalyptic, post-holocaust, and any other kind of word you can put on SF/F/H, both nonfiction and fiction.

  • 1994 U. K. Le Guin Fisherman of Inland Sea Introd. 5 Ursula K. Le Guin

    Finally, some people tell me that they avoid science fiction because it’s depressing. This is quite understandable if they happened to hit a streak of post-holocaust cautionary tales or a bunch of trendies trying to outwhine each other, or overdosed on sleaze-metal-punk-virtual-noir Capitalist Realism.

  • 2001 G. Dozois Interview in G. Dozois & M. Swanwick Being Gardner Dozois 144 Gardner Dozois

    Obviously the world had been ruined in some sort of catastrophe, and, in fact, the original idea was that this was going to be an After-The-Bomb story, showing how the man and his son survived in a Post-Holocaust world.

  • 2001 Locus June 68/1

    Notions of natural or racial superiority are also skewered in…a reverse-frontier tale in which whites, in a postholocaust world, find themselves oppressed by a resurgent Native American civilization.

Research requirements

antedating 1962

Research History
John Doyle submitted a 1977 cite from Starlog.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1980 cite from John Clute's book review column in F&SF.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 2001 cite from Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick's "Being Gardner Dozois".
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1999 cite from an article by Gregory Rutledge in African American Review.
Jeff Prucher submitted a 1994 cite from Ursula K. Le Guin's Introduction to "A Fisherman of the Inland Sea."
John C. Bunnell submitted cites from 1985 and 1986 from his column in Dragon.
Simon Koppel submitted a 1962 cite from the Cheshire Observer, from a newspaper database.

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