That probably isn't the right phrase I'm looking for, but screw it. My current project takes place in the early 1930s. At the end, in about 1932, civilization ends (more or less). Obviously, this never actually happened I was wondering, would it be a stretch to expect readers to believe this for the sake of the story? Personally, I wouldn't see a problem with it if I read a novel with such an ending, but I mentioned it to a friend at school the other day, and a kid who'd been listening in said, "That doesn't make any sense, though. The world hasn't ended yet." Kid in question has said several times that he hates reading, so I was wondering how a regular reader would feel about this? Would it be dumb to have this kind of ending in a story set in the past, or could it be forgiven because it's science fiction? How carefully should I tread here? Sorry if this is a stupid question. I just figured I shouldn't discredit someone else's opinion too quickly, especially not at this stage. If I need to change the ending, I can still catch it now, before everything's set in stone. Thanks in advance!