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In the vulnerable post-breakup stages it can be a devastating minefield of mixed messages and rejection. I ended up flicking through images searching for a perfect replacement of my ex and, naturally, was bitterly disappointed. A month or so later I hopped back on with no expectations and met several fun, interesting men with whom I had great chat, lovely dates and no pressure of sex whatsoever.

You can spot very quickly the men that just want to get laid. The next showed nothing but a topless, faceless selfie with a phone number underneath. Despairing, I deleted my account.

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But, despite that, I still maintain that not all men go on Tinder just to have casual sex. Tinder is for finding casual sex, and everything about it is casual and its unique selling point is a parade of noncommittal sex partners to be pursued, or disregarded, by such a lackadaisical, non-committal gesture as a swipe.

Many men swipe right — approving all before them — until they reach the upper limit of around approvals every 12 hours. One of my mates wakes up and swipes right times every morning, then repeats that in the evening; and occasionally he has a match, and after that a couple of hours of mechanical, loveless sex. Smoke from the Ashes. Essays on Visions of Chaos and Revelation in Recent A Hitchhiker's Guide - John R.

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This page was last edited on 5 December , at By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This is 8th season of American Horror Story. Directed by Alberto De Martino. Takes place alternative were an attempt to counteract global warming through climate engineering backfires catastrophically, causing an ice age and extinguishing nearly all life; only animals that can adapt to sub-zero temperatures and the inhabitants of Snowpiercer remain.

A post-apocalyptic shoot-e'm up by Vlambeer , where humanity mutated into horrible monsters. These mutants are looking for the fabled Nuclear Throne. An episode of Arch Oboler 's popular s and '40s radio horror and mystery anthology serial, Lights Out. A deranged university chemistry student creates what turns out to be an "super-dissolving substance", with the potential, among other uses, to become "a doomsday chemical superweapon ". The story is set in between the events of Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil 7: The story is set in the 31st century, in a world where humans have regressed to primitive tribal societies as a result of some unspecified calamity.

Their technologically advanced predecessors are vaguely remembered as the "Old Ones. Originally broadcast on the NBC television network. The film's original director, Boris Sagal , died in a freak mishap during filming, and was replaced by his successor, David Greene. The teleplay was written by Robert L. Arcade video game designed by Dave Theurer and developed by Atari, Inc. Later ported to many different home computing and gaming platforms, for many years afterward.

Considered one of the most notable classic video games of all time. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. A growing nation of genetically evolved apes is threatened by a band of human survivors of a devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. The game takes place 45 years in the future, after a calamitous virus outbreak, known as Radical-6, has exterminated almost the entire human civilization.

A military android questions its continued existence, after the last of its human comrade-counterparts dies out from the effects of a mysterious doomsday super-weapon that was unleashed at the end of a generations-long global atomic war. The Late, Great Planet Earth. Bestselling blockbuster Bible prophecy -based "mockumentary" novel, co-written by Hal Lindsey and Carole Carlson, and later adapted into a feature-length theatrical motion picture narrated by Orson Welles.

Epic , and its follow-up sequel Inferno. Published by Ocean Software now Atari. Published by gaming company Avalon Hill. Eco nuclear waste explosion on the moon, followed by earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, etc. Created by Gerry Anderson and wife Sylvia Anderson. This "rare and unusual" series of shows featuring many top Hollywood film performers of that era was written, produced, and directed by Arnold Marquis , as part of a special postwar campaign aimed at convincing the public to place the then-newly developed technologies of nuclear energy and weaponry under United Nations control.

Created by independent British game developer Introversion Software , and inspired in part by the film WarGames. Countdown to Looking Glass. Shadow on the Hearth. Judith Merril ; later adapted for television in Backstory featuring a satirical fake TV news story regarding the final depletion of the Amazon rain forest and game play take place in the year , in which a powerful alien attack force threatens to obliterate the Earth.

PlayStation 3 online game depicting a new world war 20 years after a meteor strike hits much of the Earth's surface. A fungal spore infection turns most of humanity into monsters and a small band of survivors try to live on. Novel by Sakyo Komatsu about a lethal supergerm that kills humanity in months; later adapted into a movie.

The Diamond of Darkhold. The Prophet of Yonwood. The People of Sparks. The Last Book in the Universe. Louise Lawrence - A scientist uses a time machine to travel to the future and film the results of a nuclear war in a bid to prevent it from happening. However, his actions could have serious repercussions for the mutated descendants of the human race. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Frederik Pohl under the pseudonym James MacCreigh. The Skin of Our Teeth. Masamune Shirow - Japanese manga and subsequent anime adaptations. Yukito Kishiro - manga series containing post-apocalyptic elements and taking place in a highly futuristic dystopian world.

Yukito Kishiro - a continuation of the former manga series containing the same elements as previous but goes into greater detail as to how the dystopia came about. A World of Women [12]. Beresford - A global plague has decimated England's male population and the once-predictable Gosling family is now free to fulfill its long-frustrated desires. Jean-Baptiste Cousin de Grainville - regarded as the first story of modern speculative fiction to depict the end of the world [13]. Usune Masatosh i - ongoing manga series later adapted into an anime.

Clamp - ongoing manga series. Song by the band Warrant on the Dog Eat Dog album; depicts an Earth devastated by war where life lives on only by artificial means. Arjen Anthony Lucassen - series of concept albums depicting the end of life on Earth in due to, among other factors, a catastrophic nuclear war. Edwin Muir - deals with society's regression to pre- Industrial Revolution conditions in the wake of a nuclear war. Peter Porter - written in the style of a radio broadcast warning of an impending nuclear attack.

Song adaptation of the above Porter poem, written and recorded by the Scottish post-punk group the Scars. With virtually all of humanity wiped out by a meteor strike, the game follows the exploits of an army of survivors, fighting bandit raiders and hostile armies across the planet's desolate remains. PC video game, from Pipeworks, set in the post-apocalyptic earth in which Earth has been destroyed by crystals. Novel series created by Mark Ellis , aka James Axler.

John Christopher - novel series, made into a TV series in the '80s. An alien alliance called the Covenant begin attacking human colonies in By , almost all of the human colonies are destroyed and the Covenant are attacking Earth. Crytek - A near future where an ancient alien spacecraft has been discovered beneath the ground on an island in the East Philippines sea. Fowler Wright - A huge flood devastates the world; only the English Midlands survive. Children of Morrow and Treasures of Morrow. Hoover - set in California several centuries after pollution has all but wiped out the human race; published in and respectively.

North America has retreated into hunter-gatherer societies and military kingdoms some years after an apocalyptic ice age. The Mara and Dann novels. Doris Lessing - Mara and Dann , and sequel: Other Lessing novels like Memoirs of a Survivor and Shikasta deal with apocalyptic themes. The first book was originally published as two books, starting in An ancient whale species recreated through a genetic experiment turns out to have been telepathic, and the whales issue a telepathic call which cause most of humanity and other large land mammals to walk into the oceans and drown.

Nitrome Limited - flash game by about a character in a yellow hazmat suit attempting to free the world from a race of robots with a variety of bombs. A sequel, Toxic 2 , was released in Flight of the Conchords. Le Temps du Loup. Only the nobles possess futuristic ships, and the richest have domed cities where the debilitated earth can still support life. Wolves are proclaimed extinct, but found a way to enchant humans.

Five wolves are on a quest to find 'Paradise', along with a Flower-Maiden, who was created from a Lunar Flower by a Noble. A second apocalypse ends the series, with a presumable renewing of the planet. Four of the five characters are seen in the renewed world. Uses computer animation to simulate the sort of creatures that may evolve from present-day animals.

In the world depicted in the series, the human race has left Earth to colonize the stars. The future descendants of humanity have sent probes back to Earth to record what has become of it. The Book of the New Sun. Heinlein -human society on a future Earth is slipping into a gradual, but inevitable, collapse. Much to the dismay of the only male left, the women of the island continue the human species for thousands of years where they evolve into seal-like creatures.

Planet of the Apes. Published between and The Dark Tower Series. First book published in To Serve The Master. Created by Gene Roddenberry ; ran between and The British science-fiction sitcom ; first ran between and , was restarted in Against the Fall of Night. The City and the Stars. Dan Simmons - a sequel The Rise of Endymion.

The Mote in God's Eye. Larry Niven , Jerry Pournelle. Manga by Yasuhiro Nightow , published between and David Drake , published between and Larry Niven - An expedition from earth to find a futuristic planet, a ring surrounding a star, results in the members finding that a meteor puncture in the ring's floor and power failure caused the cities to break apart and civilization to collapse.

Series by Douglas Hill - a lone soldier fights to bring down the organisation which unleashed a deadly radiation against his planet, killing all his people and rendering the planet uninhabitable. Stirling and David Drake , published between and Don McKellar - follows the lives of several individuals as they cope with their final six hours on Earth before the apparent incineration of the Earth by the sun the cause of the apocalypse is never directly stated.

The Deconstruction of Falling Stars. The episode of Babylon 5 - written by J. The End of the World. The episode of the television series Doctor Who. Songs of Distant Earth. Clarke - in which the last survivors of Earth arrive at a distant colony unexpectedly. Frank Lillie Pollock where a second sun's light incinerates the Earth. Limited series by Garth Ennis depicting the adventures of a man traveling on Earth's surface a few years after a solar event called The Burn. Followed by a sequel, Just a Pilgrim: Film series based on the book series, concerning the Rapture. The manga and subsequent anime movies and TV series by Kia Asamiya - The story is set in a Blade Runner -style world which has been invaded by demonic beings.

Season 4 and 5 are based around the pre-apocalyptic world in which the angels are gearing up for a battle between heaven and hell. James Blish - a black magician brings about the end of the world by releasing all the demons from Hell. Brian Keene - And its sequel City of the Dead. Rather than the zombies being an infection, as in most zombie fiction; these zombies are reanimated by demonic entities, the sisquisim, from the Old Testament. Brian Keene - a Lovecraftian tale of one of the last survivors on earth. In the novel, the world floods causing several monsters appear, mainly gigantic, maneating earthworms.

Garth Nix - A novel in which a group of extradimensional beings invade earth and cause all human adults over the age of 14 to vanish. Dean Koontz - A novel in which a malevolent demonic force kills off the majority of the human race. The Shadow of Yesterday. The role-playing game, in which the unification of all people in a fantasy world under a single, supernatural language results in the destruction of a world by what is presumed to be an asteroid that becomes that world's new moon, one that eclipses the sun for a week out of each month.

A role-playing game, in which an advanced civilization is threatened and destroyed by supernatural forces that religion is knowingly, and in some ways unknowingly, centered on. The reasons for the Dayworld dystopia seems to be a combination involving overpopulation, ecological catastrophe, some sort of disaster that rendered petroleum unusable, and World War III. This is hinted at in the second book. Stirling - Ongoing series of novels and short stories. A disaster of indeterminate cause most speculation within the novels concerns an all-powerful outside force, often facetiously referred to as " Alien space bats " causes electricity, combustion engines, and modern explosives to cease functioning.

A series of novels set in a world created by Storm Constantine - humanity is replaced as the planet's dominant species by a race of mystic hermaphrodites. War and plague ravage the human population, but no single cause is specified. Ongoing comic series, which takes place roughly years in the future, where North America is a dustbowl and lacking modern technology.

The Last Man [14]. The Book of Machines. The novel Erewhon ' s section The Book of Machines. Richard Jefferies - the nature of the catastrophe is never stated, except that apparently most of the human race quickly dies out, leaving England to revert to nature. Wells - Towards the end of the book The Time Traveler witnesses the Suns expansion, causing the death of all life on Earth. The War of the Worlds. Shiel - A volcanic eruption floods the world with cyanide gas. Forster - A short story emphasizing machinery instead of computers. Jack London - Sixty years after an uncontrollable epidemic, the Red Death, has depopulated the planet, James Howard Smith tries to impart the value of knowledge and wisdom to his grandsons.

William Hope Hodgson - the Sun burns out and the last of humanity is sheltered in an arcology from the hostile environment and the creatures adapted for it. George Allan England - two characters wake from suspended animation and find that some great disaster has torn an enormous chasm in the Earth and created a second moon. Play by Karel Capek - notable for coining the term ' robot '.

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Filmed as Things to Come in Only a group of children survives and forms a strange new humanity. Things to Come [17]. A future second world war leads to a breakdown of civilization in most of the world, with technology returning to medieval levels by By the Waters of Babylon. Philip George Chadwick, when a near-invincible army of artificially created soldiers - the flesh guard - falls into the hands of an untrustworthy power, continental Europe forms an alliance and invades Britain.

The resulting carnage, involving poisonous electric gas, "humanite" atomic bombs, and the unfeeling march of the Flesh Guard, reduces whole cities and towns in Europe to smoking rubble. A cartoon short by Hugh Harman - animals rebuild a post-apocalyptic world after humanity has fought wars to the point of extinction.

Pat Frank - Depicts a world in which a nuclear power plant explosion renders the entire male population infertile. Not with a Bang. Asimov, Isaac - a later book, Robots and Empire gave a different explanation. There Will Come Soft Rains. Ray Bradbury in The Martian Chronicles. Arch Oboler - the film shows the aftermath of a nuclear war, centered on a group of five survivors.

Ray Bradbury - short story in The Illustrated Man. When Worlds Collide film. The Day of the Triffids. John Wyndham - Initially thought to be a blinding meteor shower, but later suggested to be a manmade satellite based weapon accidentally discharged, allowing the bioengineered Triffid plants to dominate.

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A new primitive society emerges long after a nuclear war. Invasion USA [ citation needed ]. Star Man's Son [14]. Norton, Andre Also published as Daybreak: Daphne du Maurier - survival horror. The short story The Birds by Daphne du Maurier - made into the film The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock - in which birds begin launching spontaneous mass attacks against humanity. Gerald Heard ; a mildrew-generated fog appears to undermine civilization. The Nine Billion Names of God. Clarke - A short story taken from the short story collection of the same name.

Wylie, Philip - Cautionary for its time , civil defense -themed "tale of two cities": Some Will Not Die. Slaves To The Metal Horde. The Last of the Masters. Dick - short story novelette by Dick, Philip K. Elsewhere, the last government, a highly centralized and efficient society, is in hiding from the Anarchist League, a global militia preventing the recreation of any government. Day the World Ended [19]. John Wyndham - U. The aftermath of a nuclear war in a rural Canadian community. The Long Tomorrow [28]. Brackett, Leigh - in the aftermath of a nuclear war scientific knowledge is feared and restricted.

World Without End [22]. Edward Bernd, starring Hugh Marlowe , Rod Taylor - Robust 20th Century men—narrowly escaping the ubiquitous "time warp"—kill giant spiders, help pale nerds and their beautiful women emerge from underground, and retake the post World War III surface from troglodyte mutants. Fritz Leiber - A small family struggles to survive at near-zero temperatures after Earth is ripped from its solar orbit.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers. John Christopher - A virus that destroys plants causes massive famine and the breakdown of society. Made into the film No Blade of Grass. Nevil Shute - also the films based on the book. Rand, Ayn - American society slowly collapses after the country's leading industrialists mysteriously disappear.

Teenage Cave Man [19]. Jones , The world's machinery grinds to a halt after comet dust arrives. Terror from the Year A made-for-television play by J. Several of the issues brought up in the programme were discussed in an hour-long debate following its conclusion.

A group of survivors from an atomic war become trapped in an underground station - During the play, broadcast live on Armchair Theatre , one of the actors Gareth Jones actually died whilst the show was on the air. George, Peter - filmed as Dr. Strangelove by Stanley Kubrick. The poem from Collected Poems — by George Macbeth.

On the Beach [33]. The World, the Flesh and the Devil [19]. Shiel 's The Purple Cloud. A TV adaptation of a play by Marghanita Laski. Pat Frank - the aftermath of a nuclear war in a rural Florida community. The Twilight Zone - numerous episodes, and its revivals. Atomic War Bride [ citation needed ].

A Yugoslav science fiction drama film directed by Veljko Bulajic. Shigeaki Hidaka, a Japanese film about a third world war started when the US accidentally drops a nuclear bomb on South Korea Japanese title: Yonju-ichi jikan no kyofu. The Time Machine [22]. A Canticle for Leibowitz.

Miller, Jr, Walter M. Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman. The Last Woman on Earth. The Earth's oxygen levels drop suddenly, suffocating most life—survivors in an oxygen-producing jungle speculate that this happened because of "a bigger and better bomb" but the reasons are not made clear. Beyond the Time Barrier.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Ballard - First published novel. World destroyed by increasingly powerful winds.


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  • Panic in Year Zero! A movie about a family that escapes Los Angeles after the city is devastated by a nuclear attack. This Is Not a Test. Loosely based on the John Wyndham novel of the same name. The film Triffids are a venomous space-borne plant, and arrive on Earth via meteorites. Brian Aldiss - Presents a dying Earth where vegetation dominates and animal life is all but extinct. Ballard - Climate change causes flooding. Anthony Burgess - Global over-population and famine leads to mass chaos.

    John Christopher - A decrease in radiation from the sun causes a new ice age. Comic books series by Gold Key Comics. Novel by Austrian writer Marlen Haushofer. Adapted to film in by the same name. A forty-something woman while vacationing in a hunting lodge in the Austrian mountains discovers that a transparent wall has been placed that closes her off from the outside world; all life outside the wall appears to have died, possibly in a nuclear event.

    War novel by Ralph Peters. Islamic extremists launch a series of dirty bomb attacks against the West, which results in a backlash against Muslims. A radical Christian government takes over the US and sends the Army, Marines, and a National Guard full of evangelicals to invade and retake a long-nuked Israel. The Last Man on Earth.

    The Time Travelers [ citation needed ]. The Dalek Invasion of Earth. The Doctor Who serial. Some examples from the relaunch are in Army of Ghosts and Doomsday , and in The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords though it could be argued that only the Master is alien. The Day the Earth Caught Fire. Ballard - A super drought evaporates all water on earth. Brian Aldiss - The human race becomes sterile.

    Time of the Great Freeze. Robert Silverberg - Another ice-age has engulfed the earth. A group from New York travels over the ice to London in the year Nuclear War Card Game. Thomas Disch - Alien flora is seeded on Earth, and quickly comes to dominate all landmasses, threatening Human extinction.

    John Christopher - Civilization destroyed by massive worldwide earthquakes. Television adaptation of the Novel of the same name. Daleks - Invasion Earth AD. The jungle in Africa starts to crystallize all life and expands outward. Harry Harrison - Made into the film Soylent Green directed by Richard Fleischer - showing a world where humanity had become massively overpopulated, and a vague ecological disaster is creating a growing dust bowl, and the entire economy is collapsing. Late August at the Hotel Ozone. Konec srpna v Hotelu Ozon [47] [48]. In the Year [ citation needed ].

    Journey to the Center of Time [ citation needed ]. Kavan, Anna - earth threatened by Nuclear winter. Planet of the Apes [22]. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Dick - basis for the film Blade Runner. John Brunner - Set in a future of extreme over-population.

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    The Bed Sitting Room [51]. Originally based on a play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus. Roger Zelazny - made into a movie and a Hawkwind song Marco Ferreri Italian title: Il Seme dell'uomo [54]. Michael Moorcock - Set in a new ice age on earth. Beneath the Planet of the Apes [55]. The second film in the Planet of the Apes feature film series. Kir Bulychev - in Russian language. No Blade of Grass [56]. Based on the novel The Death of Grass. Doctor Who serial Inferno in which attempts to tap the Earths core for power leads to a volcanic apocalypse. Glen and Randa [22]. The Omega Man [59].

    Kit Pedler , Gerry Davis. A microbe designed to eat waste plastic gets loose. Directorial debut for Douglas Trumbull. An ecologically-minded astronaut struggles to save the last bio-dome preserving what's left of Earth's wildlife. Adventures with uncooperative droids and the rings of Saturn ensue. John Brunner - The United States is overwhelmed by environmental irresponsibility and authoritarianism. The End Of The Dream. A Thief in the Night.

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    In , a crew of space travelers tries to colonize Venus after Earth is destroyed by a " doomsday device ". Directed by Herbert J. Leder , Lee Sholem , and producer Harry Hope. Battle for the Planet of the Apes [ citation needed ]. The fifth movie in the Planet of the Apes feature film series. Refuge of Fear [ citation needed ]. El refugio del miedo [61]. Directed by Peter Fonda. A research team discover a way to travel into the future, and in doing so discover that a worldwide ecological catastrophe is imminent. Thiel was an early investor in, and advocate of, the seasteading movement, though his interest has waned in recent years.

    Then you mined the moon for its ore and other resources, before moving on to colonise Mars. It was a detailed mapping of a possible future, in all its highly sophisticated barbarism. It was a utopian dream that appeared, in all its garish detail and specificity, as the nightmare vision of a world to come. I hardly need to tell you that Valar is another Tolkien reference.

    This was a man with a particular understanding of what a utopia might look like, who did not believe, after all, in the compatibility of freedom and democracy. And it was always, she stressed, a narrative that erased the presence of those who were already here: The New Zealand Company was a private firm founded by a convicted English child kidnapper named Edward Gibbon Wakefield, with the aim of attracting wealthy investors with an abundant supply of inexpensive labour — migrant workers who could not themselves afford to buy land in the new colony, but who would travel there in the hope of eventually saving enough wages to buy in.

    The company embarked on a series of expeditions in the s and 30s; it was only when the firm started drawing up plans to formally colonise New Zealand, and to set up a government of its own devising, that the British colonial office advised the crown to take steps to establish a formal colony. We as indigenous people have a very strong sense of intergenerational identity and collectivity. Whereas these people, who are sort of the contemporary iteration of the coloniser, are coming from an ideology of rampant individualism, rampant capitalism.

    New Zealanders tend to be more flattered than troubled by the interest of Silicon Valley tech gurus in their country. Among the leftwing Kiwis I spoke with, there had been a kindling of cautious optimism, sparked by the recent surprise election of a new Labour-led coalition government, under the leadership of the year-old Jacinda Ardern , whose youth and apparent idealism suggested a move away from neoliberal orthodoxy. During the election, foreign ownership of land had been a major talking point, though it focused less on the wealthy apocalypse-preppers of Silicon Valley than the perception that overseas property speculators were driving up the cost of houses in Auckland.

    The incoming government had committed to tightening regulations around land purchases by foreign investors. During my time in New Zealand, Ardern was everywhere: She was talking on her phone, but looked towards us and waved at Byrt, smiling broadly in happy recognition. He was driving the rental car, allowing me to fully devote my resources to the ongoing cultivation of aesthetic rapture mountains, lakes, so forth.

    We were on our way to see for ourselves the part of New Zealand, on the shore of Lake Wanaka in the South Island, that Thiel had bought for purposes of post-collapse survival. We talked about the trip as though it were a gesture of protest, but it felt like a kind of perverse pilgrimage. It coloured his perception of reality. He admitted, for instance, to a strange aesthetic pathology whereby he encountered, in the alpine grandeur of the South Island, not the sublime beauty of his own home country, but rather what he imagined Thiel seeing in the place: Matt Nippert, the New Zealand Herald journalist who had broken the citizenship story earlier that year, told me he was certain that Thiel had bought the property for apocalypse-contingency purposes.

    But none of this had amounted to much, Nippert said, and he was convinced it had only ever been a feint to get him in the door as a citizen. A well known and well connected professional in Queenstown, he agreed to speak anonymously for fear of making himself unpopular among local business leaders and friends in the tourism trade. He had been concerned for a while now about the effects on the area of wealthy foreigners buying up huge tracts of land. Another couple he knew of, a pair of bitcoin billionaires, had bought a large lakeside estate on which they were constructing a gigantic bunker.

    From the point of view of the modern apocalypticist, the whole appeal of the country — its remoteness and stability, its abundant clean water, its vast and lovely reaches of unpeopled land — was that it was itself a kind of reinforced geopolitical shelter, way down there at the bottom of the world. The people I spoke to in the property business were keen to portray New Zealand as a kind of utopian sanctuary, but to give as little oxygen as possible to the related narrative around the country as an apocalyptic bolthole for the international elite.

    He himself had sold land to one very wealthy American client who had called him on the night of the presidential election. He wanted to secure something right away. Showing me around the high-end beachfront properties he represented about an hour or so north of Auckland, another luxury property specialist named Jim Rohrstaff — a Californian transplant who specialised in selling to the international market — likewise told me that although quite a few of his major clients were Silicon Valley types, the end of the world tended not to be a particular factor in their purchasing decisions.

    What they see when they come here is utopia. In one sense, I knew what he meant by this. He meant excellent wine. He meant world-class golf. He meant agreeable climate, endless white sand beaches that scarcely aroused the suspicion of the existence of other human beings. But having lately spoken to Khylee Quince about the historical resonances of the concept of utopia, I wondered what else he might mean, and whether he intended to mean it or not. I n Queenstown, before we set out to find the former sheep station Thiel had bought, we went to look for the house he owned in the town itself.