The day it finally happens Alien contact, dinosaur parks, immortal humans -- and other possible phenomena

Mike Pearl, 1984-

Book - 2019

"Scenarios about days that could come to pass in the future."

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New York : Scribner 2019.
Main Author
Mike Pearl, 1984- (author)
First Scribner hardcover edition
Physical Description
xvi, 281 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-281).
  • Introduction
  • The Day the UK Finally Abolishes Its Monarchy
  • The Day a Tech Billionaire Takes Over the World
  • The Day Doping Is Allowed at the Olympics
  • The Day Humans Become Immortal
  • The Day Anyone Can Imitate Anyone Else Perfectly
  • The Day the Last Human-Driven Car Rolls Off the Lot
  • The Day Saudi Arabia Pumps Its Last Barrel of Oil
  • The Day a Real Jurassic Park Opens
  • The Day Antibiotics Don't Work Anymore
  • The Day the Last Fish in the Ocean Dies
  • The Day the US Completely Bans Guns
  • The Day Nuclear Bombs Kill Us All
  • The Day a Baby Is Born on the Moon
  • The Day the Entire Internet Goes Down
  • The Day the Last Slaughterhouse Closes
  • The Day Humans Get a Confirmed Signal from Intelligent Extraterrestrials
  • The Day the Next Supervolcano Erupts
  • The Day the Last Slave Goes Free
  • The Day the Last Cemetery Runs Out of Space
  • Epilogue
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
Review by Booklist Review

We live in an uncertain world, one in which the future seems both grim and unpredictable. Pearl, author of VICE's How Scared Should I Be column, lays out the reality behind some of the changes the upcoming centuries may bring, from the casually intriguing ( Will doping be allowed at the Olympics? ) to the downright terrifying ( Will antibiotics stop working? ). Each chapter explores one potential future, breaking down the reasons it might happen, examining the factors that would lead to such an outcome, and exploring its ramifications. This book is full of surprises, good and bad. For instance, it would be harder than readers probably imagine to wipe out humanity in a nuclear war, one of the scariest futures Pearl examines; but the apparent success story in which the world weans itself from oil as an energy source turns out to carry significant human costs for the people of Saudi Arabia. With a wry, conversational, and matter-of-fact style, Pearl delves into the practicalities of potential futures and reassures readers that one way or another humankind can survive.--Jenny Hamilton Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.