Fear the Future. Don’t be Afraid of the Apocalypse


Post-apocalyptic stories are not just for science fiction fans. Most views of an earth destroyed by virulent plagues or nuclear war are not uplifting tales. Often, they are narratives of human barbarity where the strong do what the wish and the weak suffer what they must.

‘Metro 2033’, by Dmitry Glukhovsky, is set following a nuclear war in the early 21st century. The remnants of humanity now live underground in the Moscow subway system. Individual stations govern themselves and their ideologies vary from adherence to the Koran to fascism to nonspecific mysticism to communism. They war among each other, and with the mutant beings which have risen from ashes of the old world. A young man, by the name of Artyom, will bear witness to the spiritual, political, and economic philosophies that proliferate within this last bastion of humanity. In the end, he will determine if such things are…

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