This chapter reconsiders dystopia in the literature of urbanism since the 1980s, taking as examples texts by Mike Davis (1990, 1998), Lebbeus Woods (1995) and Neil Smith (1996a). It asks how dystopian critiques might impact urban futures, and contextualises its enquiry through narratives of the Apocalypse, and the urban disaster scenario in film and popular fiction – a scenario brought into sudden and dramatic focus by the events of 11 September 2001.