The Day It Finally Happens
The Good News About the Bad News—and the Bad News About the Good News
By Mike Pearl
A speculative glimpse at the numerous possibilities of how the world will end and what happens when it does, written by VICE journalist Mike Pearl
If you live on planet Earth, you're probably scared about the future.
Terrorism, complicated international relations, global warming, and a raft of other issues make it hard not to be.
Watching the news you have to wonder: is it safe to go out there or not?
In The Day It Finally Happens, Mike Pearl games out many of the 'could it really happen?' scenarios we've all speculated about, assigning a probability rating, and taking us through how it would unfold. He explores what would likely occur in dozens of possible scenarios - the final failure of antibiotics, the loss of the world's marine life, the abolition of the British monarchy, and even the arrival of aliens - and reports back from the future, providing a clear picture on how the world would look, feel, and even smell in each of these instances.
Hilarious, enlightening, and terrifying, this book makes science accessible and is a unique form of existential therapy, offering practical answers to some of our most worrisome questions.
Thankfully, the odds of humanity pulling through look pretty good.
For fans of such bestsellers as What If?,The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook and The Uninhabitable Earth, as well as Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell, this is a book about future events that we don't really understand and getting to know them in close detail.
Entertaining speculation featuring both authoritative research and a bit of mischief: a look at how humanity is likely to weather such happenings as the day nuclear war occurs, the day the global internet goes down, the day we run out of effective antibiotics, and the day immortality is achieved.
Mike Pearl is a journalist, author and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. He's been published in The Hollywood Reporter, The Awl, Grist, Death and Taxes, VICE's website and magazine, and VICE Motherboard's science fiction outlet known as Terraform.
Pearl has found a niche as an investigator of the seemingly absurd. His column "How Scared Should I Be?" attempted to quantify the scariness of the world's anxiety-inducing topics, like North Korea, gun ownership, the zika virus, and getting punched in the face. His second column, "Hours and Minutes" delved into the immediate implications of geopolitical meltdowns and war scenarios. Entires in both columns frequently attracted millions of readers.
The Day It Finally Happens is Pearl's first book.
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05 Sep 2019
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Hodder & Stoughton
A deeply entertaining-if occasionally horrifying-imagining of a world where the unlikely has become the reality. — Joshua Piven, author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook