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The Future Starts Here: Adventures in the Twenty-First Century

John Higgs

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21st century history: from c 2000 -, Social & cultural history, Popular culture, Impact of science & technology on society

John Higgs is back with another surprising, eclectic book, this time looking to the future to make sense of who we are and where we're going

'The future hasn't happened yet. The idea that our civilisation is doomed is not established fact. It is a story we tell ourselves.'

In the 1980s, we gave up on the future. When we look ahead now, we imagine economic collapse, environmental disaster and the zombie apocalypse. But what if we are wrong? What if this bleak outlook is a generational quirk that afflicted those raised in the twentieth century, but which is already beginning to pass? What if we do have a future after all?

John Higgs takes us on a journey past the technological hype and headlines to discover why we shouldn't trust the predictions of science fiction, why nature is not as helpless as we assume and why purpose can never be automated. In the process, we will come to a better understanding of what lies ahead and how, despite everything - despite all the horrors and instability we face - we can build a better future.

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Praise for The Future Starts Here: Adventures in the Twenty-First Century

  • A bravura piece of writing - Bill Bryson on acid

  • A book for our times - Observer on Watling Street

  • An illuminating work of massive insight

  • Brilliant, discursive and wise

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John Higgs

John Higgs is the author I HAVE AMERICA SURROUNDED, THE KLF, STRANGER THAN WE CAN IMAGINE, WATLING STREET, THE FUTURE STARTS HERE and the forthcoming WILLIAM BLAKE NOW. He lives in Brighton with his partner and their two children.

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