Works of fiction set in 2012

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This is a list of references to the year 2012. Several publications and media references reflect a popular prediction that the end of the world would occur in the year of 2012.


  • Domain (2002) and Resurrection (2000) by author Steve Alten: A fictional series that tells the events of the Gabriel twins after discovering the mystery behind 2012.
  • 2012: The War for Souls by author Whitley Strieber (2007) is a novel about three parallel earths and the occurrences leading up to December 21, 2012 in each as the walls between them begin to thin and allow passage through gateways to the others. A film adaptation, produced by Michael Bay, was rumoured but has yet to be produced.[1]
  • The Joshua Files (2008) by M. G. Harris is a series of thrillers for young adults published by Scholastic Children's Books UK, Walker & Company in the US from July 2010. The books feature the adventures of British teenager Josh Garcia who discovers he's linked to an ancient prophecy about the coming events of 2012.[2]
  • In Jack London's The Scarlet Plague (1912), it is mentioned that Morgan the Fifth was appointed President of The United States by the Board of Magnates in 2012, a year prior to the spread of the Red Death.
  • In Chuck Barris's The Big Question, the title game show takes place in the year 2012.


  • The Invisibles ("The Invisible Kingdom," 1999–2000): The Invisibles' "fictional" universe expands into the meta-context of the "higher universe," possibly our own.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 6: Stone Ocean (1999–2003): Jolyne Cujoh, the youngest member of the Joestar bloodline, must stop Enrico Pucci from exterminating her family and resetting the universe in favor of his devotion to the Joestars' archenemy Dio Brando before December 21, 2012.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 8: JoJolion (2012–): After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in the fictional town of Morioh, a young man with the assumed identity of Josuke Higashikata tries to find out who he really is after being found buck naked underground, and with no memory of who he once was, or as he discovers, were.
  • The final chapter of Tsugumi Ohba's manga Death Note, takes place in January 23rd 2012, when the main protagonist is killed by Ryuk after Light Yagami lost in his battle to become God of a new world. Ryuk uses his Death Note to kill Light with a heart attack, which was a part of their original agreement when they met. (2006)


  • Genesis's song "Get'em Out By Friday" from their 1972 album Foxtrot, sets "18/9/2012" (on the printed operistic-dialog lyrics) as the date when "Genetic Control" would set a height restriction on human beings so that twice as many people could fit on real estate properties.
  • The Anaal Nathrakh song "Timewave Zero" is about the apparent end of the world on December 21, 2012. The lyrics are translated as "The 21st Of December, 2012, The time will come."
  • British nu-rave outfit Klaxons sing about apocalyptic horsemen in their song "Four Horsemen of 2012" from the 2007 album Myths of the Near Future.
  • Melodic death metal band Scar Symmetry have referenced 2012 in two songs. First being The song "2012 — Demise of the 5th Sun" from the album Symmetric in Design (2004) with the lyrics: For the lines on the fractal wave / Fit the course of history / They're created to work as one till the end / When the winter solstice comes / Actualizing the prophecy / The demise in 2012 realized" and the song "Radiant Strain'" from the album Dark Matter Dimensions (2009) with the lyrics: 2012, now we all see what it holds.
  • The Testament song "3 Days in Darkness", off of The Gathering album is a song about 2012, and speaks of the earth being swallowed in molten fire.
  • VNV Nation's album Praise the Fallen" has the subtitle "PTF 2012", which is also the name of a track in the album, which seems to be predominantly about an upcoming war. The song, "Honour" starts with the line, "Passive fields, January 2012..."
  • Heavy metal band Burnt By The Sun's two albums both deal with prophecies concerning the year 2012.
  • A Certain Shade of Green by Incubus mentions "2012A.D."
  • "2012" is the name of the 2005 album by the experimental rock band Old Time Relijun, and several songs make references to ancient Mayan culture, such as "Burial Mound" and "The King of Lost Light."
  • Metal band Ewigkeit's album Radio Ixtlan has a track entitled "Live at Palenque 2012" referencing both the Mayan calendar date and the site at which the Temple of Inscriptions where it is carved.
  • Industrial metal band Hanzel und Gretyl's fifth album is called 2012: Zwanzig Zwölf referencing the belief that the world will end in this year, as foretold in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.
  • On DJ Muggs and Sick Jacken's album Legend of the Mask and the Assassin, they "prophetize" Armageddon and other catastrophic events occurring in "2012 (feat. Cynic)."
  • The lyrical theme of Brain Drill's 2010 album Quantum Catastrophe is the destruction of humankind in 2012.[3]
  • The 2010 single "2012 (It Ain't the End)" by Jay Sean and Nicki Minaj references the world ending in the title as well as in the song's lyrics.
  • The music video for Britney Spears' 2011 single "Till the World Ends" depicts the date December 21, 2012, in which an apocalyptic meltdown has enraptured the industrialised world.
  • The 2010 album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by Pop-punk/Emo band My Chemical Romance is a concept album with a plot based in a post-apocalyptic future. Promotional websites by the band reference 2012 as a date for the fictional catastrophe.
  • Awolnation's song Knights of Shame's lyrics include a reference to this year. The lyrics are: "Yeah, it's almost 2012 call your girls over."






  1. ^ "Michael Bay Confirmed for 2012". 2007-09-24. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  2. ^ ""The Joshua Files" from The Oxford Times, 2008.". 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2010-04-01. 
  3. ^ Harris, Chris (May 4, 2010). "Brain Drill enjoy Entombed, enema porn". Noisecreep. AOL. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 

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