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Futurist Resources

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

Peter Brannen, The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions

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

Eric Drexler, Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology (Anchor Library of Science)

George Dyson, Darwin Among the Machines

Kevin Fong, Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century

George Friedman, The Next 100 Years

Jennifer Gidely, The Future: A Very Short Introduction

Jenniger Gidley, Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures (Critical Studies of Education)

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

Joi Ito, Jeff Howe, Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future

Annie Jacobsen, The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency

Michio Kaku, Physics of the Future: The Inventions That Will Transform Our Lives

Michio Kaku, The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest To Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind

Michio Kaku, Parallel Worlds: The Science of Alternative Universes and Our Future in the Cosmos

Michio Kaku, Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration of the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation and Time Travel

Michio Kaku, Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the Tenth Dimension

Jonathon Keats, You Belong to the Universe: Buckminster Fuller and the Future

Kevin Kelly, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our 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

Thomas Ligotti, The Conspiracy Against the Human Race

James Lovelock, The Revenge of Gaia: Why the Earth is Fighting Back and How We Can Still Save Humanity

James Lovelock, The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning

Michael E. Mann, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy

John Markoff, Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots

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

H Moravec, Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence

Max More (Editor), Natasha Vita-More (Editor), The Transhumanist Reader

Mark Nelson, Pushing Our Limits

David Noble, The Religion of Technology

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

P W Singer, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

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

Wendell Wallach, A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control

Norbert Wiener, Cybernetics: Second Edition: Or the Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine

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

Anthropocene Magazine

Environmental Research Letters

H+ Magazine

Journal of Future Studies

The World Future Society

The Futurology Podcast

Review the Future


Acceleration Studies Foundation

Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Arlington Institute

Association of Professional Futurists


Bristol Robotics Laboratory

British Antarctic Survey

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge

The Climate Research Unit, University of East Anglia

The Club of Rome

Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies

Energy Transitions Committee

European Climate Foundation

Flood Maps

Forum for the Future

The Foster Lab – multi-disciplinary studies of the climate of our past

Futures Academy

Future Earth

Future of Humanity Institute


Global Challenges Foundation

Gold Mercury International

Good Judgement Project

University of Hawaii, Department of Political Science, Future Studies

Hadley Centre 


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.

Human Brain Project Foresight Lab, King’s College, London

Imperial Tech Foresight, Imperial College London

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Institute for the Future

International Panel on Climate Change

Kairos Future Consultants 

London Futurists

Long Now Foundation

National Intelligence Council US Government mid and long term planning publishes global trends report, the one for 2030 is here

NASA Climate Change

New Climate Economy: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

NOAA  a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate.

Oxford Research Encyclopedias – climate science

Paralelni Polis

Project 2049 Institute 

Singularity University



Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

US Environmental Protection Agency – snapshot of the old site – remarkably most of the valuable material taken down by the new US government.

Venus Project

World Future Society

World Future Studies Federation


IPCC Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis

IPCC Projections of Future Changes in Climate

UK Office of Science and Technology 2012 paper, ‘Intelligent Infrastructures. Futures – Scenarios Towards 2055

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

Contribution of Antarctica to past and future sea-level rises, Robert M DeConto and David Pollard, Nature

Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World’s Cities

Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature

Carbon choices determine US cities committed to futures below sea level

The climate response to five trillion tons of carbonKatarzyna B. Tokarska, Nathan P. Gillett, Andrew J. Weaver, Vivek K. Arorand Michael Eby

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

Antarctica and climate change, British Antarctic Survey

Climate Change Unit Information Sheets

Climate Change Unit list of research and publications

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s report on Future Products of Biotechnology, and its shortcomings with respect to cellular agriculture

Examining the Alternative Media Ecosystem through the Production of Alternative Narratives of Mass Shooting Events on Twitter

Introduction to the D-Wave Quantum Hardware

How We’re Predicting AI—or Failing To, Stuart Armstrong Future of Humanity Institute Kaj Sotala Machine Intelligence Research Institute

US National Climate Assessment Report

Future climate forcing potentially without precedent in the last 420 million years

Global Challenges Foundation Annual Report on Global Catastrophic Risks

World Health Organisation, Climate Change and Health

Impact of Climate Conditions on Occupational Health and Related Economic Losses

The Royal Society on the future of machine learning

Modeling the Macroeconomic Effects of a Universal Basic Income

High-End Climate Change Impacts in Europe

Less than 2 degrees C warming by 2100 unlikely, Nature

Committed warming inferred from observations, Nature

Parasite biodiversity faces extinction and redistribution in a changing climate

Climate Accountability Institute, Carbon Majors Database

An adaptability limit to climate change due to heat stress

Royal Society Publishing collection on climate science

Should coastal planners have concern over where land ice is melting?

Global Risk of Deadly Heat

Nicola Pugno is an Italian Professor who works at the Laboratory of Bio-Inspired & Graphene Nanomechanics – here’s his web page.

Climate updates: progress since the fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the IPCC, The Royal Society

Climate Change Conspiracy Theories 

A good life for all within planetary boundaries

Droughts, heat waves and floods: How to tell when climate change is to blame

Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

Declines in methane uptake in forest soils

Climate change: the human and economic outlook for Europeans


On Climate Deniers Using Tobacco Industry Tactics to Discredit the 97% Scientific Consensus on Climate Change

Earth’s climate entering new ‘permanent reality’ as CO2 hits new high

The world in 2065: what do social scientists think the future holds?

57 tube stations at high risk of flooding, says London Underground report

The Great A.I.Awakening

The Strange Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body

MIT 10 Breakthrough Technologies, 2017

How climate change will transform business and the environment

What would the world look like if all the ice melted? – National Geographic

This is how your world could end

How We Know Global Warming is Real and Human Caused

Are Habitable Exoplanets Possible?

Domino-effect of climate events could push Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state


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

How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic: Responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming

How to respond to people who say global warming is a hoax

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.

100,000 stars

The NASA Sea Level Change Data Analysis Tool (DAT)

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.

Virtual Earth System Laboratory

Resource Watch

A disruptive table of technologies, Imperial College London

Useful Websites

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

James Hansen’s website at Columbia University

Alan Winfield’s Web Log – Mostly, but not exclusively, about robots

What’s Next

US Environmental Protection Agency Climate Change Science

NASA Global Climate Change site

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

US National Climate Change Assessment Report

BBC Future

IBM Research – The Invisible Made Visible

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

Lists and other resources

Big list of climate science resources – excellent list put together by a science librarian

BT Future Innovation Timeline

Future Timeline

Reddit Futurology

BBC Timeline of the Far Future

BBC Timeline of the Near Future

Imperial College London, Timeline of Emerging Science and Technology

Climate Impacts Online

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