Future Evolution: An Illuminated History Of Life To Come (2001)
Fiction Review by The Gravedigger
I've been wanting to read this book for a long time, so when I found this in my library's "$1.00 bin" I was ecstatic. While it's well-written, along the lines of an extended thesis paper, I was expecting something along the lines of Dougal Dixon's AFTER MAN, which featured some cool speculation on "future animals". In fact, the author goes out to cite that work, saying that it's "great fun" and in "The realm of fantasy". Well, Dixon's book is far more entertaining. Nevertheless, Ward does have some good points--particularly that the majority of future animals species will be descended from among the current most successful animal species-- our domestic animals, which we've been breeding and modifying for 6,000 years. As I said, this is not as entertaining as such speculation as THE FUTURE IS WILD but does pose some food for thought. Recommended.