3. Certain People Die Or Vanish. Either a certain percentage of the population vanishes (Left Behind, The Leftovers) or one certain type of person dies, leaving everybody else unscathed (Y: The Last Man). Sometimes, this is a plague apocalypse, but often it's just unexplained or the explanation is murky.
The Apocalypse rules pop culture. Half the biggest literary novels these days are apocalyptic, and meanwhile The Walking Dead is a huge hit. Post-apocalyptic stories are what space opera was in the Space Age. But what are they about? Here are 10 types of apocalypses, and what they each signify.
A nuclear holocaust or nuclear apocalypse is a theoretical scenario involving widespread destruction and radioactive fallout causing the collapse of civilization, through the use of nuclear weapons. Under such a scenario, some of the Earth is made uninhabitable by nuclear warfare in future world wars.
Hagee claims that Zechariah foresaw these future plagues when he wrote, "And this shall be the plague...their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths" (Zech. 14:12-15).
Slow Apocalypse (2012) is a Near Future novel of Disaster, exploring the global consequences of a Genetically Engineered virus developed by a traumatized Scientist in the wake of 9/11 with the intention of ending US dependence on Middle East oil that feeds on and solidifies petroleum.
Technology drives just about everything we do, and not just at our jobs. From banks to hospitals to the systems that keep the juice flowing to our homes, we are almost entirely dependent on tech. More and more of these systems are interconnected, and many of them are vulnerable.
While the technological singularity is usually seen as a sudden event, some scholars argue the current speed of change already fits this description.  In addition, some argue that we are already in the midst of a major evolutionary transition that merges technology, biology, and society.