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26th Apr '16 1:31:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* Sorta used in the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip ''Shakara''. The world is destroyed at the start of the story and the only human left is an astronaut from the International Space Station. He is killed not long after.

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* Sorta used Played with in the ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip ''Shakara''.''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}''. The world is destroyed at the start of the story and the only human left is an astronaut from the International Space Station. He is killed not long after.
18th Mar '16 11:27:56 AM ObsidianFire
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* In a ResetButton episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the crew of the NX-01 witnesses the destruction of Earth from their ship viewscreen. The evil aliens responsible for this are GenreSavvy enough to continue hunting down all off-world humans.

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* In a ResetButton episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', the crew of the NX-01 witnesses the destruction of Earth from their ship viewscreen. The evil aliens responsible for this are GenreSavvy smart enough to continue hunting down all off-world humans.
29th Feb '16 8:57:53 PM zarpaulus
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* What little remains of the human race in ''Series/{{The 100}}'' is descended from astronauts who managed to avoid a nuclear Armageddon ninety-seven years earlier, due to being in various space stations at the time. They had enough resources to establish a self-sustaining habitat, but their life support is only a few months away from failure as the series begins.

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* What little remains of the human race in ''Series/{{The 100}}'' is descended from astronauts who managed to avoid a nuclear Armageddon ninety-seven years earlier, due to being in various space stations at the time. They had enough resources to establish a self-sustaining habitat, but their life support is only a few months away from failure as the series begins. [[spoiler: It turns out there's survivors on the surface too, and they're more than a bit hostile.]]


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** A number of people on Earth managed to escape the Fall by evacuating through the space elevators or BrainUploading. There are billions of stored "Egos" waiting to be reinstantiated, possibly the majority of Earth's pre-Fall population. The Hypercorps like to use them for cheap labor in IndenturedServitude contracts promising a new body at the end of their term.
12th Feb '16 4:38:22 AM MacronNotes
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* The eponymous character in the Dutch/English series ''Storm'' by Don Lawrence is trapped inside the Great Red Spot on Jupiter and experiences a NegativeSpaceWedgie that traps him inside for what turns out to be centuries. When he returns to Earth, it has now regressed to an AfterTheEnd CrapsackWorld where his [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer 20th century knowledge]] allows him to reboot civilisation making use of the LostTechnology scattered around.

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* The eponymous character in the Dutch/English series ''Storm'' by Don Lawrence is trapped inside the Great Red Spot on Jupiter and experiences a NegativeSpaceWedgie that traps him inside for what turns out to be centuries. When he returns to Earth, it has now regressed to an AfterTheEnd CrapsackWorld where his [[TheUnfrozenCavemanLawyer [[LikeADuckTakesToWater 20th century knowledge]] allows him to reboot civilisation making use of the LostTechnology scattered around.
2nd Feb '16 7:33:06 AM TrollBrutal
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* Averted in the 2013 Spanish movie ''Al final todos mueren'', when everyone dies when a meteor wipes out humanity. Two Spanish astronauts are shown in the prologue (5 minutes before the impact) and epilogue (25 minutes before the impact). As they are in orbit, they are convinced that they will become the only two living beings to survive Earth's death, making them metaphorically "eternal". However, in the prologue, unknowingly while they are preparing to take a photo of the event, they are located in the asteroid's trajectory, realizing that when it's too late. They become, ironically, the first two beings to die in the apocalypse.

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* Averted Played with in the 2013 Spanish movie ''Al final todos mueren'', when where everyone dies when a meteor wipes out humanity. Two Spanish astronauts are shown in the prologue (5 minutes before the impact) and epilogue (25 minutes before the impact). As they are in orbit, they are convinced that they will become the only two living beings to survive Earth's death, making them metaphorically "eternal". However, in the prologue, unknowingly while they are preparing to take a photo of the event, they are located in the asteroid's trajectory, realizing that when it's too late. They become, ironically, the first two beings to die in the apocalypse.
2nd Feb '16 7:30:48 AM TrollBrutal
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* ''Film/{{Gravity}}'' is ''nothing'' but following the protagonists, mostly American astronauts, as they [[spoiler:try to]] survive the disaster, that for a change [[InvertedTrope happens in space and does not affect Earth]] (at least directly). The movie does explain what happens to other astronauts in the ISS and Chinese space station ''Tiangong'': they board their ejection capsules and return back to Earth as soon as their stations are damaged, and presumably all of them arrive alive and uninjured.
25th Jan '16 11:06:16 AM EricaB
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Arch Oboler's sci-fi/horror anthology radio show LightsOut once featured a story called "Rocket From Manhattan," in which astronauts on the first trip to the moon return to Earth to find a nuclear war had taken place in their absence. The bleak, crater-filled landscape on Earth reminds them eerily of the Moon itself.
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12th Jan '16 11:19:00 AM gregnes2000
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* Neal Stephenson's ''Seveneves'' starts with the Moon being destroyed by a never identified object. When scientists realize that the debris from the shattered Moon will eventually render Earth uninhabitable, they rush to build an orbital space fleet to house a small number of survivors.



* Neal Stephenson's ''Seveneves'' starts with the Moon being destroyed by a never identified object. When scientists realize that the debris from the shattered Moon will eventually render Earth uninhabitable, they rush to build an orbital space fleet to house a small number of survivors.
8th Jan '16 4:53:40 PM nombretomado
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* The few offworld colonies and colony ships become this inthe SpiderRobinson[=/=]Creator/RobertAHeinlein collaboration ''Literature/VariableStar'' when something makes the Sun go nova halfway through the book.

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* The few offworld colonies and colony ships become this inthe SpiderRobinson[=/=]Creator/RobertAHeinlein in the Creator/SpiderRobinson[=/=]Creator/RobertAHeinlein collaboration ''Literature/VariableStar'' when something makes the Sun go nova halfway through the book.
2nd Jan '16 6:43:52 PM Doug86
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** The [[AllInTheManual backstory]] is that Earth is losing a war against AbsoluteXenophobe Centaurians and is sending out colony ships to remote systems with orders to maintain communication silence and assume Earth and all other ships are lost. You command one such ship, Calypso.

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** The [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]] is that Earth is losing a war against AbsoluteXenophobe Centaurians and is sending out colony ships to remote systems with orders to maintain communication silence and assume Earth and all other ships are lost. You command one such ship, Calypso.
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