The best books on the future of the human race

Who am I?

Tom spent the first 30 years of his professional life at the cutting edge of the broadcast industry. He has always been fascinated by new technology and more specifically how it allows humans to evolve and work smarter and better. He is also a sci-fi fan and has a keen interest in both cosmology and metaphysics. He says that today's metaphysics is tomorrow’s physics. So his book choices mirror his fascinations which are in what lies in the future for humanity, bearing in mind that science fiction especially has a tendency to become science fact at some time or other. If we humans are capable of imagining something, then we seem to develop the ability to make it happen.


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Soulwaves: A Future History

By Tom Evans,

Book cover of Soulwaves: A Future History

What is my book about?

Soulwaves is a metaphysical and cosmological adventure across space and time. If you’ve ever wondered where we are heading, this book explores a possible near-future for humanity and the Earth.

Soulwaves are the missing dark energy and dark matter that cosmologists can’t find. They bond people to people, moons to planets, planets to stars, and stars to other stars to form galaxies. When this book begins in 2059, China has become the predominant force on the world stage. You will discover that events on planet Earth, and all other sentient planets, are managed and directed by more pervasive, yet unseen, forces.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Stories of Your Life and Others

Tom Evans Why did I love this book?

This book of short stories gave me the inspiration to finish writing Soulwaves, a novel I first drafted 15 years and 15 other books ago. The film Arrival is based on the short story in the title. I love his writing as it’s similar to mine. He takes technology and turns it on its head and he loves playing with time, as I do. The alien encounter in the book and film is like no other. No ray guns or planetary takeover, just communication and a deep message for mankind.

By Ted Chiang,

Why should I read it?

11 authors picked Stories of Your Life and Others as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'A science fiction genius . . . Ted Chiang is a superstar.' - Guardian

With Stories of Your Life and Others, his masterful first collection, multiple-award-winning author Ted Chiang deftly blends human emotion and scientific rationalism in eight remarkably diverse stories, all told in his trademark precise and evocative prose.

From a soaring Babylonian tower that connects a flat Earth with the firmament above, to a world where angelic visitations are a wondrous and terrifying part of everyday life; from a neural modification that eliminates the appeal of physical beauty, to an alien language that challenges our very perception of…


Book cover of Death from the Skies!: The Science Behind the End of the World

Tom Evans Why did I love this book?

This is not a fiction book per se but each chapter sets out a possible future, in a story-like form, of how life as we know it might be terminated on Earth. We know for a fact that mass extinctions have happened before but this time, we may well have the smarts to do something about it. This book inspires us to look up not down and marvel at the cosmos that made us but that also might unmake us. It is a clarion call for us to become planetary caretakers, rather than planetary abusers.

By Philip Plait,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Death from the Skies! as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

With wit, humor, and an infectious love of astronomy that could win over even the science-phobic, this fun and fascinating book reminds us that outer space is anything but remote. The scientist behind the popular website badastronomy.com, Philip Plait presents some of the most fearsome end-of-the-world calamities (for instance, incoming asteroids and planet-swallowing black holes), demystifies the scientific principles at work behind them, and gives us the odds that any of them will step out of the realm of sci-fi to disrupt our quiet corner of the cosmos. The result is a book that is both terrifying and entertaining?a tour…


Book cover of 1984

Tom Evans Why did I love this book?

So we’ve just experienced a global pandemic where it is likely the exact truth has not been revealed about what started it. Media and governments are mistrusted in equal measure. When a politician speaks these days, often we feel they are from the Ministry of Truth. In the Western world, for the most part, we can challenge the powers that be and the status quo. Sadly, a large number of people live under the shadow of authoritarian regimes where what they say might lead them to be incarcerated in Room 101. Orwell’s novel and Winston’s Smith fate are enduring and as relevant now as when the book was written in 1949.

By George Orwell,

Why should I read it?

40 authors picked 1984 as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU . . .

1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party's power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party's department for propaganda, Winston Smith's job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair. As he writes the words 'DOWN WITH BIG…


Book cover of Brave New World

Tom Evans Why did I love this book?

Just like Orwell, Huxley was a visionary who was ahead of his time. This dystopian tale is precautionary and a warning of what could happen to society if we lose our way and our rhyme and reason. Again much of the technology that he writes about in the book has become a reality. We are capable of creating and manipulating the creation of life at a genetic level these days. The hope, as always, is that this ability is used for the right reasons.

By Aldous Huxley,

Why should I read it?

18 authors picked Brave New World as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

**One of the BBC's 100 Novels That Shaped Our World**

EVERYONE BELONGS TO EVERYONE ELSE. Read the dystopian classic that inspired the hit Sky TV series.

'A masterpiece of speculation... As vibrant, fresh, and somehow shocking as it was when I first read it' Margaret Atwood, bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale.

Welcome to New London. Everybody is happy here. Our perfect society achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family and history itself. Now everyone belongs.

You can be happy too. All you need to do is take your Soma pills.

Discover the brave new…


Book cover of Cosmic Memory: The Story of Atlantis, Lemuria, and the Division of the Sexes

Tom Evans Why did I love this book?

This might sound like a weird choice as it really is an alternate view of human history and evolution. At the very end of the book, Steiner gives some pointers about where we might be heading and how we could evolve. When I read this, I felt intuitively that it gave a truer picture of how we may have got here than one held as gospel by materialistic science. Again, Steiner was a visionary and a meta-scientist. If you do read it, be mindful not to take some of the language literally. When he writes about the Saturn Phase, think accretion disc for example.

By Rudolf Steiner,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Cosmic Memory as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In the best tradition of the literature of ancient wisdom, Cosmic Memory reconstructs, from the akashic record, events that span the time between the origin of the Earth and the beginning of recorded history. This spiritual research includes a profound investigation of the origins, achievements, and fate of the Atlanteans and Lemurians - the remarkable 'lost' root races that developed the first concepts of 'good' and 'evil,' manipulated natural forces, laid the foundation for human legal and ethical systems, and defined and nurtured the distinctive yet complementary powers of men and women that brought humankind, many centuries ago, to its…


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By J.C. Gemmell,

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In 2038 a devastating pandemic sweeps across the world. Two decades later, Britain remains the epicenter for the Fornax variant, annexed by a terrified global community.

David Malik is as careful as any man to avoid contact with the virus. But when his sister tests positive as an asymptomatic carrier, she must relocate to Fornax Island to join the isolated population of contagious untreatables. Fortunately, the British prime minister’s latest manifesto includes reintegrating the islanders with the nation. Yet, he does not survive a visit to Fornax Island to unveil his new policies.

The military suspects one of its junior officers is responsible for his death. Malik seizes his chance to represent the possible assassin, allowing him to protect his sister. Yet within days of taking on the case, he finds himself accused of masterminding the assassination. 

The Fornax Assassin

By J.C. Gemmell,

What is this book about?

2038: a devastating pandemic sweeps across the world. Two decades later, Britain remains the epicentre for the fornax variant, annexed by a terrified global community.

David Malik is as careful as any man to avoid contact with the virus. But when his sister tests positive as an asymptomatic carrier, she must relocate to Fornax Island to join the isolated population of contagious-untreatables.

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