Here's a book I started reading about when cruising around the internet at the weekend. Scarcely more cheerful reading than Cormac McCarthy's The Road, but this is a book I'm looking forward to tracking down.
Alan Weisman's The World without Us takes for its premise another end-of-the-world scenario. What would happen to our planet if all human beings simply disappeared for some reason? What would become of all the stuff we've manufactured and built as the years and the decades and the centuries pass by?
Steve Mirsky interviews Science writer Weisman in Scientific American and you can try this interactive Did You Know quiz, watch this video and read an extract from the book in Orion Magazine.
Off to the boondocks of Nibong Tebal for the day tomorrow to visit a school, so try not to miss me too much!