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Tidbits of Inspiration: Pictures of the Post-Apocalyptic… Abandoned Places

October 28, 2011

Dystopia.  Post-apocalyptica.  Themes from the-end-of-the-world have been a part of genre fiction for a long time.  I’m sure it says something about us, our fascination with our own demise. 

If you’ve been spending any time thinking about the inevitable zombie apocalypse – or maybe the inevitable saurian uprising, or perhaps that’s the inevitable robot rebellion, or the inevitable alien invasion, or what-have-you for inevitable eschatologies – maybe you’ll find some inspiration in this collection of images.

First, there’s these ten abandoned resorts.  I certainly found them evocative and inspirational.  It helps that the book I’m working on has shades of the post-apocalyptic in it.

Equally evocative is this collection of images of modern ruins.  There’s some overlap with the previous list, but a lot of new and eerie sights as well. 


10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2011 6:50 pm

    Enjoyed! Some of those places are so beautiful it’s sad.

  2. October 28, 2011 9:02 pm

    Just creepy, Stephen. 🙂 Creepy can be fun.

    I sometimes wonder what will happen to our USA after we’re all gone.

    I’ve presented the idea of building a huge vault and filling it with archaeological fodder, but I just get weird looks. What do you say? Wanna be an investor? 😉

    • October 28, 2011 9:05 pm

      Oh, and I must say, that one Russian water park is particularly haunting…

    • October 31, 2011 9:43 am

      I play at being an archeologist from the future all the time… imagining I found some artifact left behind by our present day civilization and then trying to guess at what this thing was used for by those ancient, technologically-inferior peoples. As for the huge vault… isn’t that basically just a time capsule on steroids? I imagine it would be hard to be an investor in that… because it’s hard to see what the return value is 😉

      • October 31, 2011 10:29 am

        Touché 😀

        So do you write dates like 10/31/2011 instead of 10/31/11, too? (I mean, if an archaeologist finds your document, how will they know if it’s 2011, 2211, or 2911?) That’s become a (bad?) habit of mine.

      • October 31, 2011 10:50 am

        As a matter of fact, more often these days I do include the full four-digit year. For posterity’s sake. 😉

  3. October 29, 2011 3:04 am

    Some of those are really cool!

    From that first link, this one actually reminded me of Limbo from Inception with the beach and everything, only mirrored and less dilapidated.

    Great inspiration photos!

    • October 31, 2011 9:47 am

      I thought the same thing when I went through them: that it looked so very much like the decayed sea-side city in Inception. Very spooky and eerie.

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