Future Stories: What’s Next?

Little, Brown Spark. Jun. 2022. 320p. ISBN 9780316497459. $30. SOC SCI
Historian Christian (Origin Story) examines how humans look toward the future, how living things prepare for future eventualities, and conflicting notions of the “future.” Is the future a map that one can plan by, or is it a river that can’t be controlled? The goal is giving a user’s guide to the future. Ideas of philosophers, scientists, theologians, fortune tellers, authors, social scientists, and others are blended to show how the ideas of the future have been managed throughout history. Later chapters look at what humans can or are doing to the planet to change the future existence of all life--some good and some very bad. Christian even looks that the future of the solar system and universe. Ideas included are thoroughly explained and many basics are included to bring the reader up on that theory or idea. Glossary, bibliography, notes and index help readers understand ideas, where to find more information, and quickly find topics.
VERDICT Christian, cofounder of the Big History Project with Bill Gates, offers an engaging and accessible look towards the future that makes for good reading.
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