By Alok Jha
Demise by way of Euphoria. Dysgenics. inhabitants loss of life Spiral. Genetic Superhumans. Geomagnetic Reversal. Galactic Collision. Strangelets. no matter if we love it or no longer, everything's going to come back to an attractive disagreeable halt on our planet at some point soon sooner or later. What we do not recognize is what shape our extinction is probably going to take. during this available and enjoyable ebook, acclaimed author Alok Jha explains the head-spinning apocalyptic technology at the back of 50 scary doomsday situations.
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