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The Shape of Shit to Come by [McArthur, Alan, Lowe, Steve]
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‘A stupendously wide-ranging compendium of what is happening in the world of tech . . . an encyclopedia for the can’t-be-arsed.’ NEW SCIENTIST

Praise for Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit?

‘Bilious old-codgering taken to the highest possible level as authors vent anger over the crassness and mediocrity of modern life cf. "juice drinks", Otis Ferry, Kabbalah, foot spas, Sam Taylor-Wood and pubs playing "mellow dance grooves".’ TIME OUT

‘A life-affirming guide to the modern world.’ ESQUIRE

About the Author

Steve and Alan are the authors of the book Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Shit and several other bestselling comedy books, many of them with the word ‘shit’ in the title.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 329 KB
  • Print Length: 161 pages
  • Publisher: The Friday Project (11 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008317100
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #291,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this. It is grouped into eight chapters: Genes, Robots, Energy, The Internet, Nanotechnology, Food, Computers, and Space. So far, so much the stuff of sci-fi.

Except the authors have done extremely thorough research in what all the scientists, technologists and billionaires who are into this kind of thing are currently up to, and what they are hoping to bring into reality in the next ten to thirty years - this stuff is not very far away. The authors look at the down side of it all, and provide their own commentary with a great deal of sarcasm, an excellent sense of the ridiculous, and the occasional swear word. (To preserve their street cred.)

Babies could have their genes manipulated so they don't become left-wing voters. (You know, I would not put it past politicians to try that.....) Food is increasingly becoming more and more patented - what you put in your mouth is soon to be someone else's intellectual property. Your fridge and your toaster will be spying on you. People will be holidaying in space hotels just so they can boast of having made love in them. (Puts the Mile High Club into perspective.) And of course, robots could take over, aliens could invade, and nanobots could turn the entire planet into grey goo, but everybody knows that already.

Easygoing pop science, and great fun.
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I picked this up as I have a great interest in the near future, in how technology will take us in the next two hundred years or so. I’ve been greatly impressed with the work of authors like Michio Kaku, whose works Physics of the Future and Physics of the Impossible, look at just this from a serious scientific point of view (Mr Kaku being an astrophysicist).

The Shape of S*** to Come promised to deliver just such a read, albeit in a more satirical and comedic sense. In many ways it did just that. Covering topics such as genetics, robotics, and space travel to name just a few, and doing so in an amusing and easy to understand manner, I definitely felt that I came away from the read enriched and educated. Sometimes I did feel that the authors tried a little too hard to be funny however and occasionally I felt that the sarcasm and humour got in the way of a real understanding of the issue at hand. Whereas their irreverence ensured that they avoided the pitfalls Micio Kaku occasionally falls into – e.g. a wide-eyed, innocence where the technology is concerned that leads him to conclude that the outcome will be some kind of perfect nirvana – on occasion it leads them to the other extreme.

One the whole though, while I prefer Michio Kaku’s work I have to say that The Shape of S*** to Come is a valuable addition to the cannon of furturism work and I would highly recommend it.
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Having read and loved the hilarious "is everything s*** or is it just me" lampooning our current times I came to this book with some expectations of having a good laugh. In this I was not disappointed at all with the author covering technological advances in biotechnology, robots, computers, the internet, food and space with great laugh out loud humour, albeit emphasising at the same time the seriousness of advancing scientific knowledge's impact on these areas. Because we can't put the faerie back in the bottle,and can do very little about it, its important that we can at least have a joke about it. I suppose as a backdrop to this book is the notion that the scientific enterprise is not entirely laudable - science has lead to the explosion of greenhouse gases, the pill ethic in medicine, the depletion of the environment through use of fertilisers and pesticides and has lead to more and better killing machines that make for more devastating wars, and even made life into a more artificial and lonelier existence. excellent
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A satirical (if not frighteningly accurate) look at the scientific developments that have the potential to shape our future.


I will never claim to be one of life’s great thinkers. I hold a fair level of intelligence and I can hold my own in topical debate. However, the dirge of my academic life has always been science (closely followed by maths). I just never took to it as a subject. In actual fact I failed my GCSE exam in it but shrugged it off in a “That’s life” sort of way.

As I have gotten older I admit my curiosity has peaked (not enough to re-sit my science GCSE – this was recently offered to me by my former science teacher who is now my colleague in my place of employment) and I take a more active interest in how science shapes our lives.

This inquisitiveness led me to The Shape of Shit to Come. I must say that this is a brilliant book – not just because of the fascinating topics that it covers (robotics, space travel and jellyfish to name but a few) but also because it is damn hilarious. The chapters are peppered with funny little intrusions from the authors and quite frankly their ludicrous interludes provide comic relief to, what comes across as, some seriously scary science.

I still wouldn’t say that I am totally clued up about all the recent advances in science but I know I won’t be put off by books about these contentious issues either. If science is your passion then this is definitely a book for you. If, like me, you have a growing scientific curiosity then give this a try. What you may lack in smarts when it comes to understanding the technical stuff you can more than find amusement in the writing style.

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