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2nd May '16 7:28:37 PM MayumiTsuji
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* ''LightNovel/SundayWithoutGod'' takes place in a world where fifteen years prior, people stopped being able to give birth, so the population has diminished considerably, and thus Ai and her friends come across the occasional ruined and abandoned modern building in their travels.
22nd Mar '16 11:46:53 AM DavidCowie
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Want to make something set in the future? What better way then making it look like our current era has passed. Have all the trappings of our modern time fall into disuse and litter the landscape. Used to great effect in many AfterTheEnd pieces. Related to SceneryGorn and RagnarokProofing. See also MonumentalDamageResistance. For further down the line see TechnoWreckage.

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Want to make something set in the future? What better way then than making it look like our current era has passed. passed? Have all the trappings of our modern time fall into disuse and litter the landscape. Used to great effect in many AfterTheEnd pieces. Related to SceneryGorn and RagnarokProofing. See also MonumentalDamageResistance. For further down the line see TechnoWreckage.
1st Mar '16 12:12:53 PM FGHIK
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* ''Film/{{The Time Machine|2002}}'' has the protagonist visit a library TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, and then visit the same library AfterTheEnd. The library has deteriorated quite a bit by the second visit, although the A.I. is still active. Also, WordOfGod is that the cliffs used by the Eloi to build their villages are remains of New York skyscrapers, apparently able to withstand 800,000 years of erosion and an Ice Age but covered in dirt.

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* ''Film/{{The Time Machine|2002}}'' has the protagonist visit a library TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, and then visit the same library AfterTheEnd. The library has deteriorated quite a bit by the second visit, although the A.I. is still active. Also, WordOfGod is that the cliffs used by the Eloi to build their villages are remains of New York skyscrapers, [[RagnarokProofing apparently able to withstand 800,000 years of erosion and an Ice Age but covered in dirt.dirt]].
8th Feb '16 6:32:04 AM Knight20
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* ''Film/TwentyYearsAfter'' has tons of dilapidated/abandoned structures and vehicles as well as few people left.
23rd Jan '16 9:45:19 AM nombretomado
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* Much of StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series has this aesthetic. Especially the city of Lud, which is an alternate-universe New York hundreds of years AfterTheEnd, populated by violent, fanatic gangs who scavenge the ancient technology and mostly use it to kill each other.

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* Much of StephenKing's Creator/StephenKing's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series has this aesthetic. Especially the city of Lud, which is an alternate-universe New York hundreds of years AfterTheEnd, populated by violent, fanatic gangs who scavenge the ancient technology and mostly use it to kill each other.
16th Jan '16 2:33:06 AM RavenWilder
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' largely averts this on the Earth's surface, as [[MonumentalDamageResistance (except for the Lincoln Memorial)]] the world has been reclaimed by wilderness. Stuff buried ''underneath'' the surface is a different matter. MainCharacters seem to have a knack for stumbling across underground tunnels and bunkers full of pre-apocalypse artifacts.

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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' largely averts this on the Earth's surface, as [[MonumentalDamageResistance (except for the Lincoln Memorial)]] the world has been almost completely reclaimed by wilderness. Stuff buried ''underneath'' the surface is a different matter.story. MainCharacters seem to have a knack for stumbling across underground tunnels and bunkers full of pre-apocalypse artifacts.
16th Jan '16 1:47:16 AM RavenWilder
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* ''Series/{{The 100}}'' largely averts this on the Earth's surface, as [[MonumentalDamageResistance (except for the Lincoln Memorial)]] the world has been reclaimed by wilderness. Stuff buried ''underneath'' the surface is a different matter. MainCharacters seem to have a knack for stumbling across underground tunnels and bunkers full of pre-apocalypse artifacts.
29th Oct '15 10:53:13 AM Kakai
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* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', the vision of the future the Witch Queen shows to Kaulder is ruined New York, rusting and overgrown with vegetation.
27th Aug '15 4:42:13 PM Mysterics
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24th Aug '15 12:01:11 PM Diask
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* In ''The Book of the New Sun'' there are entire towns that make their living by digging up the refuse of the past. Then again, the novels are set so far into the future that it may not be the ruins of the ''modern'' age, rather some future age. (We are told that the mine tailings contain perfectly preserved corpses, which is probably beyond today's science.)

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* In ''The Book of the New Sun'' ''Literature/BookOfTheNewSun'' there are entire towns that make their living by digging up the refuse of the past. Then again, the novels are set so far into the future that it may not be the ruins of the ''modern'' age, rather some future age. (We are told that the mine tailings contain perfectly preserved corpses, which is probably beyond today's science.)



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' had a location that was an archaeological dig. One of the relics that's been partially unearthed is quite clearly an F-14 Tomcat, implying that the story takes place on Earth in the distant future. While this was possibly {{Jossed}} by WordOfGod's claim that ''VII'' is a distant sequel to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', there is, however, [[spoiler:still the "500 years later" coda that shows Midgar in ruins]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' had a location that was an archaeological dig. One of the relics that's been partially unearthed is quite clearly an F-14 Tomcat, implying that the story takes place on Earth in the distant future. While this was possibly {{Jossed}} by WordOfGod's claim that ''VII'' is a distant sequel to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', there is, however, [[spoiler:still the "500 years later" coda that shows Midgar in ruins]]ruins]].


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* Two major dungeons from ''VideoGame/BreathOfDeathVII'' are ruins of modern looking cities that are roamed by hostile undead creatures (including possessed cars). The second city even has traversable SinisterSubway and an AbsurdlySpaciousSewer.
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