Saturday, September 11, 2010

30 ways the world could end

What is it about "the end" that is so fascinating that we just can't seem to get enough of it?

For me, it's the aftermath and how survivors would cope with whatever is left that's interesting. If there's any human survivor at all. It also makes you appreciate what you have now.

As a self-proclaimed "doom and gloom fictioneer" equipped only with my new-found interest in eschatology, post-apocalyptic aftermath, survival techniques (research for my writing = brain food), the last couple of weeks has been very educational, at times overwhelming but never boring. I'm always finding interesting content such as Discover Magazine's article on 30 ways the world could end - as part of their 30th anniversary.
Here's the list:
  1. Information Overload
  2. Genetically odified Superhumans
  3. Space Colony Uprising
  4. Alien Plague
  5. Superbomb
  6. Weather-Control Mishap
  7. Time Travel
  8. Strange Matter
  9. Dark Matter Clump
  10. Solar Shutdown
  11. Asteroid Impact
  12. Gamma-ray Burst
  13. Collapse of the vacuum
  14. Rogue Black Holes
  15. Giant Solar Flares
  16. Reversal of earth's magnetic field
  17. Flood-basalt volcanism
  18. Global epidemics
  19. Global warming
  20. Ecosystem collapse
  21. Biotech Disaster
  22. Particle accelerator mishap
  23. Nanotechnology disaster
  24. Environmental toxins
  25. Global war
  26. Robots take over
  27. Mass insanity
  28. Alien invasion
  29. Divine intervention
  30. Someone wakes up and realizes it was all a dream
See the expanded explanation here and here.

[Via Discover Magazine]

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