As part of the research I do for my novels and short stories, and because I like to keep on top of trends, I maintain a list of books, research, websites, and other resources that help me think about the future. The list consists of books, articles, research papers, and websites about future tech, and science – including material about climate change.
If you have a suggestion to add to the list, please let me know. I’m always reading!
Stuart Armstong, Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence
Jamie Bartlett, Radicals: Outsiders Changing the World
Russell Blackford and Damien Broderick, Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds
Nick Bostrum, Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Rutger Bregman, Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There
Ed Brooks & Pete Nicholas, Virtually Human
Grégoire Chamayou, Drone Theory
Edward Cornish, Futuring: The Exploration of the Future
Patrick Dixon, Futurewise: The Six Faces of Global Change
George Dyson, Darwin Among the Machines
George Friedman, The Next 100 Years
Jennifer Gidely, The Future: A Very Short Introduction
Jurgen Habermas, Future of Human Nature
Clive Hamilton, Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering
James Hansen, Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity and updated figures for the book here
Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Donna Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature
N. Katherine Hayles, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics
Jonathon Keats, You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future
Stephen D. King, Grave New World: The End of Globalization, the Return of History
Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
Elizabeth Kolbert, Field Notes from a Catastrophe: A Frontline Report on Climate Change
Elizabeth Kolbert The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
Ray Kurzweil, The Age of Intelligent Machines
Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity is Near
James Lovelock, The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning
Paul Mason, PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future
Donella Meadows, The Limits to Growth: The 30-year Update
Mary Midgley, The Myths We Live By
Dr. Miguel A. Nicolelis, The Relativistic Brain: How it works and why it cannot be simulated by a Turing machine
Mark O’Connor, To Be a Machine
Clayton R. Rawlings, Pardon the Disruption: The Future You Never Saw Coming
Martin Rees, Our Final Hour: A Scientist’s Warning
Joseph Romm, Climate Change (What Everyone Needs to Know)
John Searle, Minds, Brains, and Science
Murray Shanahan, The Technological Singularity (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series)
Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work
Philip Tetlock, Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction
Alvin Toffler, Future Shock
Alvin Toffler, The Third Wave
Norbert Wiener, The Human Use Of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society
Alan Weisman, Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World
Alan Weisman, The World Without Us
Magazines, Journals, and Podcasts
The Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia
The Foster Lab – multi-disciplinary studies of the climate of our past
University of Hawaii, Department of Political Science, Future Studies
Helix – HELIX is sixteen climate research organisations funded through the EU to work together to explore consequences and responses to the challenge of high-end global warming.
Imperial Tech Foresight, Imperial College London
US Environmental Protection Agency – snapshot of the old site – remarkably most of the valuable material taken down by the new US government.
The Economists Intelligence Unit, ‘The Cost of Inaction: Recognising the Value at Risk from Climate Change’
Ice melt, sea level rise and superstorms: evidence from paleoclimate data, climate modeling, and modern observations that 2 °C global warming is highly dangerous by J. Hansen, M. Sato, P. Hearty, R. Ruedy, M. Kelley, V. Masson-Delmotte, G. Russell, G. Tselioudis, J. Cao, E. Rignot, I. Velicogna, E. Kandiano, K. von Schuckmann, P. Kharecha, A. N. Legrande, M. Bauer, and K.-W. Lo
Foresight Report On Future Medicine, Human Brain Project Foresight Lab, King’s College, London.
Foresight report on Future Neuroscience, Human Brain Project Foresight Lab, King’s College, London
Future Computing and Robotics: A Report from the HBP Foresight Lab, King’s College, London
How We’re Predicting AI—or Failing To, Stuart Armstrong Future of Humanity Institute Kaj Sotala Machine Intelligence Research Institute
Nicola Pugno is an Italian Professor who works at the Laboratory of Bio-Inspired & Graphene Nanomechanics – here’s his web page.
What would the world look like if all the ice melted? – National Geographic
How We Know Global Warming is Real and Human Caused
ND-GAIN Country Index is a project of the University of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), summarizes a country’s vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges in combination with its readiness to improve resilience.
Flood Maps – allows you to see the impact of sea level rise around the world using Google Maps
Surging Seas Mapping Choices is an interactive global online map that allows anyone to search for a global location and visually compare the local potential consequences of different emissions and warming scenarios
Sheshat Global History Databank brings together the most current and comprehensive body of knowledge about human history in one place. The Databank systematically collects what is currently known about the social and political organization of human societies and how civilizations have evolved over time.
Real Climate Climate model projections compared to observations
The Climate Reanalyzer – This interactive visualization is a suite of weather and climate datasets as well as tools with which to manipulate and display them visually.
The Cli-fi Report – Dan Bloom’s research tool for academics and media professionals to use in gathering information and reporting on the rise of the emerging cli-fi term worldwide
Alan Winfield’s Web Log – Mostly, but not exclusively, about robots
IBM Research – The Invisible Made Visible
Lists and other resources
Big list of climate science resources – excellent list put together by a science librarian