Tuesday, June 26, 2007

If We Weren't Here

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!


nel said...

I got his essay writing on Earth Without People published in the book title The Best American Science Writing 2006 (ISBN-13: 978-0-06-072644-7). Alan Weisman, right? Never knew he came out with a book on that topic.

Madcap Machinist said...

The article Nel is referring to (I have the same book) was very nicely written, and I really enjoyed it. Would love to read Weisman's book!

Amir said...

Sharon! In your second paragraph you did not need the apostrophe for "it's premise."


bibliobibuli said...

ouch amir!

will correct it.

i was rushing is my only feeble excuse. (i aint no cormac mccarthy!)

nel and machinist - i should read "the best science writing"

xmocha said...

Sharon, many years ago, i read Jean Hegland's Into the Forest -same end of the world premise.. not terribly literary, but interesting plot, you might want to check it out.