Many thanks to K.C. Cole for reviewing FATE for the L.A. Times. K.C., author most recently Something Incredibly Wonderful Happens: Frank Oppenheimer and Astonishing Exploratorium, writes: Guterl sees optimism as our only choice, and reminds us that the same creative (and rational) thinking that made the world a mess will be essential for setting it right. There’s no going back to some pre-scientific world.
Download my audio interview with the Desiree Schell on Skeptically Speaking here.
Steve Heilig at Huffington Post puts FATE on his list of top books of 2012.
I had a fun hour chatting with Chris Tsakis at the WFMU studio in Jersey City. We took a bunch of call in questions, mostly from people who wanted to argue with me about vaccines.
Wired blogger Maryn McKenna did a fun Q&A with me. Here it is. Maryn, aka Scary Disease Girl, is author of her own disaster books, namely Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA, and Beating Back the Devil: On the Front Lines with the Disease Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service. So I felt very well understood.
Here’s a link to my interview on the Leonard Lopate show on WNYC. We talked for nearly 30 mins about the end of the world, the fate of humanity, and whether we’re too smart for our own good.
Thanks to Fareed Zakaria for the shout out on his CNN show: “This week’s “Book of the Week” is “Fate of the Species” by Fred Guterl. In elegant, compelling prose, the author, who is one of the great science journalists of today, lays out the megachallenges we confront — super viruses, climate change, disappearing species — it is enough to make even an optimist like me very worried.”
More praise for FATE OF THE SPECIES:
“It feels strange to call a book about the end of humanity elegant and engaging, but so be it. Fred Guterl has researched the many, many ways in which we could bring destruction down upon our own heads, bringing them up to date with the latest research in climatology, synthetic biology, and computer science. I hope the world doesn’t crash, but if it does, I can’t say Guterl didn’t warn me.”
Carl Zimmer, author of A Planet of Viruses
“An important, awe-inspiring book. This is a straight-from-the-shoulder assessment of the future of a humankind trapped by its own technological prowess. The Fate of the Species is written by a master of his craft with provocative, thoughtful elegance. Guterl combines measured optimism with scary scenarios in a telling synthesis of cutting edge science made understandable. This book should be required reading for everyone, and I mean everyone.”
Brian Fagan, archaeologist and author of Elixir and The Great Warming
“Guterl has written ‘How We Die’ for the human species. From reverse genetics that creates a deadly flu virus to climate change that kills the Asian monsoons, his scenarios are so fascinating and compelling you almost forget what’sat stake. Almost.”
Sharon Begley, former science columnist for Newsweek and The Wall St. Journal
“This is a beautifully written book that will make you think and worry. Fred Guterl explains everything that could go wrong in lucid prose. It is an arresting, though unnerving combination.”
Fareed Zakaria, author of The Post-American World and host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS