Everything Is Going To Kill Everybody: The Terrifyingly Real Ways The World Wants You Dead by Robert Brockway
Finished Reading: October 17th, 2016
Review Date: 10/20/2016
Format: Paperback, Three Rivers Press (Crown Publishing), Copyright 2010, First Edition
So I spotted this book for the first time back when it first came out, because I was working as a stockgirl in a warehouse, pulling this off shelves and out of boxes to eventually ship out to customers. And I decided that it was a great concept, especially when I took the precious few moments out of my work to skim the back of it.
I have a great personal fondness for natural disasters, for which the book is chalk full, though “natural” is a little flexible in some cases. It may be easier to say, progressional disasters. It’s a very neat little book, if infused with some truly dirty humor, that presents the disaster, follows the logical conclusions of how it may end a very serious disaster, and reminds you of points you may have missed previously.. or references disasters you haven’t read on yet.
The book is broken up neatly into segments, with two or three different sub chapters in each of the larger ones, ranging from how to make green energy terrifying to how to make green goo being somewhat more terrifying. Soylent green, anybody?
It also includes a bibliography in the back, pointing you to where the author gathered his information, and between this and the narrative of the book, you are somewhat heavily encouraged to go do more research on the topics at hand, or alternatively put your head between your knees and wait to die. Eh, weirder things happen.
Even if you’re not interested in world-ending disasters nature can throw at you (or human beings are encouraging) that doesn’t mean the book wont do you will. Authors can find a great measure of things using this book as a reference, students may find writing papers easier if they have this on hand, and script writers may find a great many ideas for horror films.
I’m very glad to have a copy, no matter how “outdated” it may seem, being written back in 2010 for disasters that could occur in the “near future”. On the other hand, I have the greatest urge to go find out if Solaren ever did manage to make their super hurricane summoning machine and track different mega-tsunamis around the globe.