Eternity: Humanity's Next Billion Years (Macmillan Science) Hardcover – 8 Oct 2008
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Combining science fact with detailed and plausible possibilities, this is a detailed and well-researched title which simultaneously praises human achievement and also puts us in our place in the grand scheme of things.
The book is set out in three different parts, each interesting and thought-provoking:
I) Possible scenarios and challenges that will face us and our planet in the next few centuries. This part is fairly grounded in reality.
II) Focuses on our evolving planet and makes educated guesses and assumptions as to what changes we can expect to see over the next few millennia.
III) A series of well-written 'future histories', each very different from the last.
This is the first book I've read by the author and I am already ordering a second.
However, I did get the impression that the author got a little bored (or rushed) about two thirds of the way through. Which is slightly ironic saying the book is about the next billion years or so.
Although, maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea for all of the world leaders to read this book. In my point of view, the sooner we start to colonise and terraform other planets, the better.
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