The Day It Finally Happens by Mike Pearl
eBook review copy; 304 pages
The Day It Finally Happens: Alien Contact, Dinosaur Parks, Immortal Humans-and Other Possible Phenomena
by Mike Pearl is a very highly recommended entertaining, yet serious
look at nineteen different events that may spark some fear or
trepidation from people.
Pearl writes: "I’m not a statistician or a physicist. In fact, I’m terrible at math,
but I do like to predict the future, and I’ve made a job of it. I just
approach it a little differently because my main qualification is a
paralyzing fear of things that are going to happen. My fear comes from
an anxiety disorder - a very common mental illness. It’s a mixed blessing
for someone who works as an explanatory journalist: it fills my head
with ideas, but I hate the ideas."
This is very well written examination of events that includes
research, entertaining speculation, statistics, practical discussions,
and a measure of personal anxiety. The scenarios he presents open with the title of the event to be discussed and/or feared then there is a breakdown covering: Likely
in this century?; Plausibility Rating? (rating is a number out of a
possible 5); Scary? (an assessment of how scary the situation is); and finally the question is posed,
Worth changing habits? Pearl goes on to present the facts and
information along with his thoughts about each situation, but does so in
a funny, personable, and logical manner. It all combines to make The Day It Finally Happens a very interesting and entertaining look at events that can and do cause anxiety in many people. After the epilogue Pearl includes notes from each chapter.
The widely varied, yet potentially frightening events contemplated include: The Day the UK Finally Abolishes Its Monarchy; The
Day a Tech Billionaire Takes Over the World; The Day Doping Is
Allowed at the Olympics; The Day Humans Become Immortal; The Day
Anyone Can Imitate Anyone Else Perfectly; The Day the Last
Human-Driven Car Rolls Off the Lot; The Day Saudi Arabia Pumps Its
Last Barrel of Oil; The Day a Real Jurassic Park Opens; The Day
Antibiotics Don’t Work Anymore; The Day the Last Fish in the Ocean
Dies; The Day the US Completely Bans Guns; The Day Nuclear Bombs
Kill Us All; The Day a Baby Is Born on the Moon; The Day the
Entire Internet Goes Down; The Day the Last Slaughterhouse Closes;
The Day Humans Get a Confirmed Signal from Intelligent
Extraterrestrials; The Day the Next Supervolcano Erupts; The Day
the Last Slave Goes Free; The Day the Last Cemetery Runs Out of Space.
My review copy was courtesy of Scribner.