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Which Future for Humanity?

Science  12 Sep 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5639, pp. 1483-1484
DOI: 10.1126/science.1088787

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Our Final Hour A Scientist's Warning; How Terror, Error, and Environmental Disaster Threaten Humankind's Future in This Century--On Earth and Beyond. by Martin Rees. Basic Books (Perseus), New York, 2003. 238 pp. $25, C$39. ISBN 0-465-06862-6.

Our Final Century The 50/50 Threat to Humanity's Survival. by Martin Rees. William Heinemann, London, 2003. 238 pp. £17.99. ISBN 0-434-00809-5.

Exploring reasons why the prospects for human survival on Earth may be dire, Rees provides a calm consideration of apocalyptic scenarios that science and technology have made possible.