Megacatastrophes! by David Darling
Nine Strange Ways The World Could End

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"Megacatastrophes!" reminds us that the air of reassuring omnipotence that our leaders like to project is mere illusion. We're always dancing on the edge of a volcano, in a universe not built to human scale.
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Celebrate the year of the Mayan Apocalypse in style with Megacatastrophes!, as Dr. David Darling and Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch delve into the amazing science of the end of the world.

Could it be the asteroid hurtling towards us from outer space, or a super-volcano covering the Earth under a cloud of ash; black holes gobbling up the solar system, or a tiny army of nanobots in a deranged feeding frenzy? Oh, and don’t forget — there’s always the risk of alien invasion. Rating the likelihood of each potential disaster, David and Dirk provide the best guide to the worst that could happen, and explore what we could do to save our souls. So sit down, face the inevitable, and prepare to discover the nine weirdest ways we could all go to meet our maker.
 

About David Darling

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Dr. David Darling is an astronomer, freelance science writer and creator of one of the most popular online encyclopaedias of space and astrobiology. He is the author of numerous works, including the bestselling Equations of Eternity. Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch is currently Professor in Astrobiology at Washington State University. His research has been widely published in media ranging from academic journals to The New Scientist.
 
Published April 1, 2012 by Oneworld Publications. 222 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Tom Shippey on Apr 20 2012

"Megacatastrophes!" reminds us that the air of reassuring omnipotence that our leaders like to project is mere illusion. We're always dancing on the edge of a volcano, in a universe not built to human scale.

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