Tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, pandemics, cosmic radiation, gamma bursts from space, colliding comets, and asteroids – these catastrophic events have become a common part of our culture. Are natural calamities now more probable, and more frequent? Are things getting worse? Are we part of the problem? If so, what can we do about it?
Award-winning writer Marq de Villiers examines these questions at a time when there is an urgent need to understand the perils that confront us, and to prepare for – and perhaps prevent – the disasters when they come. The End is a brilliant and challenging look at what lies ahead, and at what we can do to influence our future.
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“[A] scary and exciting new book … a clear narrative analysis that anyone without an ideological axe to grind will find beautifully presented.” – Chicago Sun-Times
“Readers… will be impressed by de Villiers presentation and prognosis of how humanity might survive the inevitable.” – Booklist
“De Villiers’s even tone and humor make what could’ve been the most depressing story ever told oddly inspiring, finding something like hope in life’s struggles to continue in the face of the worst of everything.” – The Onion AV Club
The Skimmer - TIMEThe End By Marq de Villiers Thomas Dunne Books; 368 pages We're doomed. No matter what we do, something is going to get us eventually--a comet already whizzing toward Earth, maybe, or exploding...- Time Magazine
MARQ DE VILLIERS is a journalist and the author of thirteen books including Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource, Sahara: The Life of the Great Desert, and Windswept The Story of Wind and Weather. Born in South Africa, he now lives near Port Medway, Nova Scotia.
Marq de Villiers