Marcos Fernandes is doing his PhD in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction at Southern Cross University in Lismore Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Marcos Fernandes is doing his PhD in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction at Southern Cross University in Lismore Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

The end of the world as we know it and Marcos feels fine

MARCOS Fenandes thinks about the apocalypse all the time - in fact he has read 96 apocalypse novels and over 200 related papers.

Marcos is doing his PhD at Southern Cross University and his thesis covers Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction.

This entails comparing apocalyptic literature to real world scenarios where social, political or economic unrest cause worldwide upheaval.

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But Marco doesn't believe the world is at an end after doing all his research.

"I've been asked that so many times," Marco said.

"Every time I have a different answer depending on where I am in the thesis.

"I am rather optimistic.

"I do think with the advances in science and technology we will be able to confront most challenges, especially environmental ones."

An astronomer's guide to the apocolypse.
An astronomer's guide to the apocolypse.

Marco believes that man's fascination with the apocalypse, including ancient texts like the bible to pop culture movies like Mad Max, all stem from man's interest in his own mortality.

"There is a feeling of relief that occurs when coming up to an event that is apocalyptic," he said.

"It is an external idea of what we are feeling inside.

"It is about relaying anxiety and tensions about the future."

And for any keen post-apocalyptic fan the imminent release of Mad Max in May is a date not to be missed.

"It looks like it is going to be fun," Marco said.

"I've just read too many books.

"As soon as the film starts I'm going to be critiquing it."

Marco believes much of the appeal of Mad Max is that it mixes that lawless Wild West frontier with a world wide system crash.

"It did an amazing job of sparking people's imagination."



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