Confession Book Club: Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction


With Fox’s Cosmos being a big hit, and the GOP debating Climate Change, this book couldn’t come at a better time. Writer Annalee Newitz, io9 blogger, and author of “Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction” book explains why her fascinating, fast-paced, and informative book should be what we are reading next.

In its 4.5 billion–year history, life on Earth has been almost erased at least half a dozen times: shattered by asteroid impacts, entombed in ice, smothered by methane, and torn apart by unfathomably powerful megavolcanoes. And we know that another global disaster is eventually headed our way. Can we survive it? How?

Intrigued? I know we are! This its moving up the Confessions Book Club shelf. As we do, here is a positive and negative comment to give you all the info:

Fun, Imaginative, Informative
Charles Mann, author of 1491 said this: “As Walking Dead fans know, few things are more enjoyable than touring the apocalypse from the safety of your living room. Even as Scatter, Adapt, and Remember cheerfully reminds us that asteroid impacts, mega-volcanos and methane eruptions are certain to come, it suggests how humankind can survive and even thrive. Yes, Annalee Newitz promises, the world will end with a bang, but our species doesn’t have to end with a whimper. Scatter, Adapt, and Remember is a guide to Homo sapiens’ next million years. I had fun reading this book and you will too.” – doubleday books

I wanted this to be a great book, but it just isn’t. I absolutely agree with the strategies sounded out in the title (and for the most part, Newitz get the “pragmatic optimism” thing right), I felt like the book was short on exposition of some of the more interesting themes, including space colonization, the future of energy and the development of space-based economies. Also, the way in which she introduced just about all of her interview subjects – “Bigsby, a shy yet passionate researcher…” – was just awfully formulaic. Give them two adjectives, three quotes, done. This could have been, should have been, written much better. – TW4

And to top it all off, Annalee celebrates her book release in paperback by asking geek band, The Doubleclicks to create a book trailer. Which I found completely awesome! Enjoy.

If you have read it already, let us know what you thought in the comments below!

Read On,

Karen is one of the founders at Confession Girl, loves drinking wine, craft beer, reading and running. Studied nutrition and sport injury at University of Santa Barbara, but decided to follow a passion in creative. Follow me on Twitter @confessiongirl2

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