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What Writers Need To Know About Mass Extinction

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The end of the world has become a popular theme over the last few years, spread by the popularity of vivid stories like The Walking Dead and The Hunger Games. If you want to write a book about our unhappy future, you should study the science and history of mass extinction.

io9 editor and author Annalee Newitz published a nonfiction book about the subject (Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction), giving writers some valuable insight into the different catastrophes that have wiped out life on planet Earth.

We asked Newitz three questions for writers over email, and she responded with a long list of new ideas and reading suggestions for all authors writing about our future on this planet. All her answers follow below…

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Tie for Philip K. Dick Award

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The annual Philip K. Dick Award resulted in a tie this year, as “Emissaries from the Dead” by Adam-Troy Castro (Eos Books) will share the award with “Terminal Mind” by David Walton (Meadowhawk Press).

Sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, the 2008 contest was judged by Tobias Buckell, M.M. Buckner, Walter Hunt, Rosemary Kirstein, and Bill Senior.

Here’s more from the release: “The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States.”