Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 2: Apocalypses or Worldwide Disasters

Science Fiction Story Ideas

Apocalypses or Worldwide Disasters

Agricultural or Environmental Disasters

  • After years of being genetically altered by scientists, corn, beans, apples, and other crops evolve sentience – humans wonder “what are we supposed to eat now?”
  • The world is in dire straits after the latest batch of genetically engineered potatoes is discovered to be highly explosive.
  • A botanist’s experiments with Venus flytraps leads to disaster when the plants begin spreading like weeds, and growing large enough to eat a human being.
  • After dozens of volcanoes erupt in a single day, the sky is blotted out by volcanic ash. With no sunlight, the earth begins to freeze.
  • Scientists declare that they have solved the problem of hunger when they invent a highly nutritious, weed-like plant that can grow anywhere with no assistance from humans. The plant mutates, and grows faster and faster, covering the surface of the earth. Soon it reaches heights of fifty feet in a single night. Everyone has ample food, but getting around becomes impossible. Technology begins to deteriorate.
  • A land developer buys millions of acres of useless land: Antarctica. To make the land valuable, he constructs a gigantic, parabolic mirror to focus the sun’s rays to melt the ice. As Antarctica is freed from its frozen wastes, the rest of the world experiences floods of epic proportions. The rising seas threaten to turn Florida into the next Atlantis.

Population Disasters

  • A gifted writer creates a best-selling novel called The Saddest Story. Anyone unlucky enough to read it commits suicide.
  • Earth’s communications satellites begin picking up an alien television station. The new programming is so spellbinding that people never leave their living rooms. Starvation becomes epidemic.
  • After the invention of robots called Perfect Mates, people begin to prefer the beautiful machines to flawed humans, and stop reproducing.
  • Billions of people have been abducted by aliens and forced to compete on a bizarre alien game show (or sports event) where the losers are disintegrated. After seven billion losers, the last twenty humans are abducted. Surviving the game show now means the survival of the human race.
  • A frustrated man working at a chemical weapons laboratory falls in love with a famous actress. Realizing that she would never consider him a worthy companion, he decides to take out his competition: every other male on earth.
  • The world’s governments switch to cashless economies, conducting business completely with digital “cash” transfers. All physical money, including bartering, is banned. Unfortunately, just a few years down the line, a computer glitch crashes the system, and ten billion people suddenly find themselves penniless. The resulting panic leads to widespread rioting, looting, arson, murder, and war.

Disease

  • A mutation in bacteria leads to a new sexually transmitted disease. As the disease progresses, the victim becomes more attractive, charming and amorous, until they finally die a horrendously painful death.
  • Astronauts returning to earth bring back a strange alien disease. The only symptom is ever-increasing euphoria, eventually leaving the victim so happy and content that they no longer feel any need to go to work, bathe, eat…
  • Scientists engineer a virus that dramatically increases human intelligence. Unfortunately, there is a side effect: obsessive paranoia. As people lose trust in each other, society begins to crumble.
  • A man named Gary comes down with a bad cold. In his job at a nuclear power plant, he is exposed to a strong dose of radiation which mutates the virus. Instead of injecting its own DNA into human cells, the cold virus injects copies of Gary’s DNA. Anyone who catches Gary’s cold is slowly transformed into his clone. The planet soon has an epidemic of Garyitis.

Post-apocalyptic societies

  • After a nuclear war, a small band of survivors lives together in a dilapidated shopping mall. After a few years, the survivors see something they thought no longer existed: a woman. The woman soon has thirty men fighting for her affections. She soon learns how easily manipulated lonely men can be.
  • After an alien invasion destroys the Earth, a handful of survivors find that a former NASA scientist is still alive. The man from NASA operated the most powerful telescope in the world and must have seen the aliens coming, but he chose not to warn anyone. When asked, he refuses to say why he didn’t give a warning, telling them they “just wouldn’t understand.” The survivors decide to torture him until he gives up his secret.
  • After all of humanity is killed in a nuclear war, only a handful of androids remain. They decide to recreate the human race via cloning. Unfortunately, they only have two usable samples of human DNA, one male, one female.
  • After a near-apocalypse, all historical records are lost. After the survivors rebuild, they make what they think is humanity’s first trip to the moon. They are shocked to discover a strange flag on the moon’s surface. The astronauts take the flag back to earth, and scientists try to interpret the meaning of its symbols. “Maybe the fifty stars represent the fifty different alien races in some sort of Interplanetary Alliance?”
  • After the destruction of nearly all life on Earth, the survivors decide to use all of their medical resources to make one of them immortal. This immortal survivor’s job will be to serve as a constant voice of warning, reminding humanity to never start another global war.
  • After a near-apocalyptic war, humanity is beginning to rebuild and reproduce. A team of archeologists is on the hunt for lost historical records, desperate to discover what caused humanity’s near-destruction. All that remains of the records is a single, handwritten journal, the journal of the last President. The information contained in the journal could allow humanity to learn from its mistakes and, thus, not repeat them. Or, if it fell into the wrong hands…
  • Aliens attack the earth with a bizarre weapon: the chronobomb. Entire cities are instantly transported into the past. A chronobomb strikes a college dormitory, transporting back to the Jurrasic. The coeds struggle to survive against dinosaurs, disease, and a murderous fraternity.
  • After the earth’s population is decimated by asteroids, the survivors reorganize into an anarchist society. They learn to grown their own crops, have a new Industrial Revolution, and eventually reinvent technology. After years of peace and prosperity, an archeologist discovers a dangerous artifact from the earth’s past: a book, The Beginner’s Guide to Politics.
  • After the earth’s population is decimated in a nuclear war, the survivors discuss how to begin again. The women decide that, as men were responsible for the war, they must never allow men to control anything ever again. The surviving men soon find themselves reduced to the level of family pets.
  • A global disaster destroys earth’s technology, reducing America to a nomadic, subsistence-level society. A man explores the ruins of a city, and stumbles upon what’s left of a highschool archery range. He gathers up the weapons, making his tribe the most powerful people in the world. They wage war against the other tribes, nearly unstoppable. A rival tribe finds the ruins of a museum, where they find a full-scale replica of a medieval catapult, now the most powerful weapon in the world. The conflict rages on, as the tribes engage in an archeological arms race.
  • An engineer who designs weapons for the government becomes terminally ill, and volunteers to have himself frozen until a cure can be found. He is revived thirty years later and healed. After a global war, the population of the world has gone from billions to a few hundred thousand. The engineer discovers that a team of archeologists is on their way to Washington, D.C. to search for lost historical records. He must stop the archeologists, lest they discover that he invented the weapons that destroyed the world.

38 Responses to “Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 2: Apocalypses or Worldwide Disasters”

  1. These are great!

  2. Wow! how do you get these ideas!

  3. Thank you so much!
    This helped a lot. I LOVE writing stories, but I usually don’t know what to write about! I love reading Science Fiction, so I wanted to write Science Fiction stories. Thank you so much!!

  4. great!

  5. I have experienced abuse myeslf and it does take a lot of courage to express it in writing. You have to relive it in order to convey it realistically and it gets difficult. My hat is off to you. I’ll be following along myeslf.

  6. i love these so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Wow. I would love to read some of these!!

  8. my idea is that atlantis was not a lost civilization or continent, it was a highly adaptive computer program. it’s main function was to assist it’s creators in long range projections on wars it was fighting. by the way it’s creators started every one of the wars it was involved in. one day atlantis told it’s creators no.

  9. I wouldn’t say some of these ideas are great. But for someone suffering writers block, like me, this is a great starting point to delevope further.

  10. These are amazing! I’m 19 and trying to get my head out of writer’s block, this helped fantastically. 😀 Thanks for the prompts and you must have an intelligence beyond years to have mastered such a radiance of story fomartions. And I just said gibberish. All in all, thanks!

  11. We have to write a science fiction story by Monday and decided to scrap up my old story, but then, I had no idea what to write about. Thanks for all the help!

  12. We have to write a science fiction story by Monday and decided to scrap up my old story, but then, I had no idea what to write about. Thanks for all the great help!

  13. awesome sauce.

  14. thankyou so much!

  15. Well done. Most of these ideas can be quite easily expanded on or intertwined into each other. I desperately needed something like this… 😀

  16. I love these Ideas, so creative, as I read it sparked soo many Ideas. Thankyou.

  17. A zombie apocalypse starts and a group of five try to survive. No food and practically no one else on Earth. They survive and thrive.

  18. WOW! This really helped. I’m only 12, and I’m writing a Science-Fiction series! This helped dramatically, and I’m sure to check out the other ideas!

  19. Yeah you are right! This is the most helpful source I have ever read!

  20. My favorite is Garyitis! Do you publish elsewhere besides the web? I would definitely buy any scifi short stories or novels you publish! I’m reading through these and want to see the entire story and not just the ideas!

  21. I have been published in print, but not my fiction, alas. I’ve written a number of articles about card tricks and magic theory, which have appeared here and there.

  22. wow thanks these ideas are really good

  23. Garyitis?
    Hmm.. interesting!
    I love these, thanks so much for the ideas!

  24. Brilliant ideas! I’m just really glad that someone finally understood what an anarchist society really is. (I’m an anarchist, but everyone seems to think that it just means chaos and disorder)

  25. These are great! I am actually trying to write a short book (30 or 50 pages) and these helped me so much 😀

  26. I am going into a project. To mix all of the Post-apocalyptic society ideas into a full length story.

  27. The last one is my kind of story.

  28. Awesome ideas!

  29. Awesome, the killer plants rock! I hope that venus fly traps DONT engulf man, I’LL HAVE NOTHING TO EAT!!!

  30. Billions of people have been abducted by aliens and forced to compete on a bizarre alien game show (or sports event) where the losers are disintegrated. After seven billion losers, the last twenty humans are abducted. Surviving the game show now means the survival of the human race.
    Isn’t this sorta from Dr. Who?

  31. Wow, I’m in gr8 and I need to write a sci-fi story in class and this really helped me to get ideas Thx so much for writing this!!!

  32. Variation: After the war, a scientist invents a time machine that can take him into the past, but on the first journey, the machine loses power, stranding him in the past. He is horrified to discover that he caused the war, after an attempt to get back is mistaken for a nuclear blast.

  33. This is awesome. I had a science fiction assignment. it was to write a science fiction narrative and I did not know what to write about after reading this I had some great ideas.

  34. Aliens attack the earth with a bizarre weapon: the chronobomb. Entire cities are instantly transported into the past. A chronobomb strikes a college dormitory, transporting back to the Jurrasic. The coeds struggle to survive against dinosaurs, disease, and a murderous fraternity.

    THIS IS AMAZING!! THIS WILL HELP ME SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!

  35. I like the one with the alien game show. so going to use it!

  36. I actually managed to come up with an awesome idea from this even though it has barely anything to do with what I read so… thanks. <3
    Also… Garyitis, really? xD

  37. I have an idea for you guys. A team of criminals; fromer KKK members assassinated the president snd blew the White House to pieces. The United States goes in choaos as the stock markets crash and other countries capitalize on the problem and raid the USA

  38. Okay my idea is that you are in a city that is isolated by a wall. So far you think that there is nothing wrong with it and that it is a Utopian place however one day you decide to sneak and run away. Form here you can change and twist the story to suit you.

    My idea was that this Utopian city was a hallucination from your days of loneliness. Either that or that you were drugged into thinking that you lived in a Utopian city but the day that you did not take you “”medicine””, you saw how cruel the world was…

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