Thursday, December 13, 2012

Doomsday Prophecies

Post-apocalyptic is very in right now, as you might imagine from the success of books such as The Hunger Games and The Road, and the accompanying movies (not to mention Mad Max, The Book of Eli, I Am Legend, and more).  The library catalog has 70 items that use the word doomsday in their descriptions, 203 results show up in a keyword search of the word apocalypse, and there are 25 subject headings that include end of the world (with Armageddon, Beast of the Apocalypse, Judgement Day, and Tribulation as secondary suggestions).  We read about it, we write about it, we think about it, and we have December 21, 2012, the end of the Mayan calendar, coming up fast, with the possible end of the world that that implies.

What to think? The SETI Insitute says on their site that there is "widespread and unnecessary fear" about this date and NASA's webpage says "12-21-12 Just Another Day".  If you are fearing for the end of the world, apparently there's a village in France called Bugarach that has been prophesied to be "the only place on earth left standing" after December 21st.  Whatever your beliefs on this topic, there are a lot of items in the library catalog you can study and discuss during the next couple of weeks.  These include:


The 2012 Anthology. Disc 1, Doomsday 2012, Mayan Doomsday Prophecy

Nostradamus 2012

2012: Science or Superstition


The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth about 2012 by David Stuart

The Mystery of 2012: Predictions, Prophecies & Possibilities

2012: Mayan Year of Destiny by Adrian Gilbert

The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies by David Wilcock

The Real History of the End of the World: Apocalyptic Predictions from Revelation and Nostradamus to Y2K and 2012 by Sharan Newman

A Doomsday Reader: Prophets, Predictors, and Hucksters of Salvation edited by Ted Daniels [eBook]

For more items about doomsday prophecies, you can also search  with the subjects Prophecies, Nostradamus, or Mayas - Prophecies

The library catalog also features guides to help you in disaster preparedness, such as Extreme Weather: A Guide to Surviving Flash Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Heat Waves, Snowstorms, Tsunamis, and Other Natural Disasters by Bonnie Schneider, Just in Case: How to Be Self-Sufficient When the Unexpected Happens by Kathy Harrison, and Preparedness Now! An Emergency Survival Guide for Civilians and Their Families by Aton Edwards [eBook]. You can find more by searching subject headings such as Emergency Management.

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