Peak Oil - The Post-Apocalypse In Movies and Fiction
Have you read a story or seen a movie that relates to a post peak oil world in some way?
Many sci-fi stories project a future of boundless energy resources that supply everything and anything seemingly with negligible cost and consequence. Considering the likelihood of the ultimate depletion of fossil fuels the possibilities projected seem improbable, if not outright silly. A planet sized super-city, fully populated with humans and aliens, with flying transportation devices, and no visible means of power or food production can be fun to consider, but its un-believability diminishes the story to some degree.
Do you have a movie, novel, or short story that you liked, or did not like, that attempted to be realistic about the future? Please add your suggestions to the comments and we can keep a list to share with others.
Here are a few that come to mind for me:
Movie: The Road Warrior. The Mad Max movie about a world where fuel was fought over by villagers and ruffians in a bleak desert landscape. A very good movie!
Book: The Postman, by David Brin. A post-apocalyptic future Oregon where a wanderer dons a found USPS mail man uniform and becomes the entire region’s mail man. An entertaining and reasonable story.
Movie: The Postman, with Kevin Costner. The same story as above very loosely woven into a movie plot. I thought it was a basically rotten movie. Too bad.
Movie: Syriana, with George Clooney. This movie presently in theater release has great reviews, but I have not seen it yet.
Movie and book: The Planet of the Apes. It has been years since reading or viewing this story, but I recall both favorably.