Author: George R. Stewart
Released: 1949
Genre: Science fiction

Do you love end-of-the-world movies but wish they had as much as brain-power as they do CGI-riddled explosions? Look no further than George R. Stewart's novel Earth Abides, a look at mankind's doom as caused by a devastatingly unstoppable disease and the one man who's immune to its effects.

Fun Fact: Berkeley graduate student Ish, Earth Abides' main character, is rather critical of two classic works of literature, Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson.