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Table of Contents:

-The Drake Equation and what it may mean for us

-Possible catastrophic events

-Ways to prevent catastrophe

-Columns

-The Survival Plan

-Possible utopias

-Possible dystopias

-Book recommendations

-Movie recommendations

-Future technology

-Free literature

-Personal survival

-Public forum

-Links


Book Recommendations:

These books are recommended as entertaining glimpses of some of the possibilities that may lie ahead.  To be listed here, a book must be thought provoking, and must shed some light on one or more possibilities for our future.  Furthermore, any book listed here must be very readable (in other words, it can't be boring).  Since the authors of this site have read only a fraction of the universe of literature available, we welcome additions to this page.  If you know of a book that should be listed here and isn't, please write up a brief review (similar in length and style to the reviews on this page) and send it to admin@thefuturewatch.com .  Not every submission will be listed (since this page might become monstrously long if that was our policy), but submissions are appreciated, and will be read and considered carefully.

Category:  Aliens Destroy the World

 The Forge of God is an easy to read novel about the slow (months long) destruction of Earth by alien machines.  The science is limited and not integral to the novel.  The book does a better job describing some possible ways individual humans might deal with the knowledge of almost inevitable destruction, but even here it doesn't break a lot of new ground.  More interestingly, the novel manages to provoke a little thought regarding aliens and their possible motivations for attacking, defending, or ignoring other intelligent life forms.  That said, the ideas in this book are not unique.  This book's greatest strength is simply in dealing reasonably with an interesting topic in a very easy to read manner. 

The Killing Star The Killing Star is one of the best books about the future out there.  The science is excellent (albeit speculative) and integral to the book.  Furthermore, the book contains a very well-thought out alien attack, and some clever future history.  Yet, despite all of the science and clever ideas, the book manages to be extremely entertaining and eminently readable.  We at The Future Watch highly recommend this book.

Category:  Dystopia

Anvil of the Heart  Anvil of the Heart is really only a mediocre book.  That said, it's easy to read, and contains an entertaining subplot regarding martial arts.  More importantly, it delves into the problems we will face if we tinker too much with our genetic makeup.  This book, better than most, makes the point that if we change our DNA too significantly, then we will literally create a new species.  Furthermore, the book goes on to explore (although not nearly enough) some of the moral implications of this action.

Beggars And Choosers  Beggars and Choosers outlines several ideas regarding the future, but it is most interesting in it's investigation of human obsoleteness.  This book describes a future society in which a small number of genetically enhanced humans attempt to support a much larger number of ordinary humans.  In the real world, increased mechanization may make a large number of low wage workers obsolete within the next few decades, so this situation merits some thought.  Beggars And Choosers isn't brilliant, but, like Anvil of the Heart, it is thought provoking.

Wicked might not deserve to be on this list since it's not technically about Earth at all, and includes, among other things, magic and talking animals.  This book made something of a splash when it first came out, and its first half is quite good.  The second half is only worth reading so that you can say you finished it.  The engaging first half of this book is told from the point of view of a number of school chums (high school or college age, I suppose) who watch their relatively decent society slide into the grip of authoritarianism and prejudice.  The result is something of a mild dystopia.  And, as a bonus, the book has a very clever premise.