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50 Ways the World Is Going to End: The Biggest Threats to the Planet Hardcover – October 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857386123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857386120
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,376,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Well-researched and intelligently argued, this book leaves no stone unturned' Good Book Guide.

About the Author

Alok Jha is a science and environment correspondent at the Guardian newspaper, specialising in green technologies. In addition to writing news and comment, he presents the Science Weekly podcast and looks after the Guardian's science website. He graduated with a physics degree from Imperial College London and is also the author of How to Live Forever. He lives in London.

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Very interesting. Most of the scenarios or 'threats' were not new to me. Some were more worrisome than others. Personally, desertification and peak water are always going to concern me more than runaway nano technology, or an eventual collision with the Andromeda galaxy.

The writing was good with some beautiful descriptions of the universe, galaxies and dying stars. The death of our our sun, passing from red giant to white dwarf, was written so well I could see it all in my mind's eye--hence the rating of 4 stars, rather than 3, for content alone.

I'd also recommend this for anyone who is thinking of writing an apocalyptic, post apocalyptic, or dystopian novel, along with my favourite book of 2012:
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
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