It is significant that the that the future "Atomic Armageddon," a persistent theme in the sci fi the 1950s, is the match that lights the fuse on Prof. Barker’s 125, 000 years of future history and that the event is recorded in 2012-2013 AD. This date may or may not coincide with the end of the current 13th b'ak'tun, or cycle of creation, on December 20, 2012, according to the Popol Vuh, a corpus of mytho-historical narratives, prominently including details of creation accounts known to the Post Classic Mayan K'iche' Kingdom of Q'umarkaj in the western highlands of Guatemala.
Yet there is hope. Maya inscriptions have been found that reference predicted future events or commemorations that occur post 2012 AD. Further, the current piktun, the higher cyclical order that includes multiple b'ak'tun in the Long Count, has a completion date of October 13, 4772. By this time, in the ancient past of the far future, over 2700 years after the nuclear war that devastated the nations of Earth, the remnant survivors of the planet’s civilizations, notably Maya groups in Central America, Tamil speakers on the Indian subcontinent, and a handful of Yemenis, may have been engaged in a desperate struggle for their survival with horrid radioactive mutants across the blasted dead landscapes. One can only speculate at what apocryphal event coincided with the end of the piktun in the late 48th century. The Pé Chói may remember, the event was likely recorded by their surveillance station in the Kuiper Belt.