The reason apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction is so popular? The dominant paradigm ending and our current systems failing is a far more pleasant thought to entertain for most people than the more horrible likelihood that it will all just keep going; that we in the present are ultimately, truly responsible for a future that absolutely will happen. The future will be better or worse because of what we did or didn’t do – and there will be a future. Human society will keep ramblin’ on.
Spinning off of where Laurie Penny leaves this article about the Sci-Fi of William Gibson.