Author(s): Alok Jha
We live in a world positively teeming with threats and apocalyptic scenarios. Many of them are familiar: terrorism, deadly viruses, global warming and war, but many others most of us can't even imagine. Self-replicating nanobots that can devour an entire planet, high-energy experiments that threaten to suck the Earth into a mini black hole, and even super-sophisticated scientific contraptions that can put an end to the entire universe are all explored in this fascinating book. Scenarios covered include: Nuclear proliferation; AIDS; Genetic engineering run amok; Extinction of key species; Exhaustion of natural resources; A new Ice Age caused by climate change; Mega tsunamis; Tilting of the Earth's axis and changes in magnetic polarity; Freak quantum event that could wipe out the universe; Evolution of species superior to humans; Massive meteorite impact; Water/resource wars; Global influenza pandemic.
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. He is the author of How to Live Forever (Quercus).