A Nature Book From The Distant Future

Via Monster Brains, a glimpse at the breathtaking illustrations inside scientist/author/artist Dougal Dixon’s rare and much sought-after Man After Man: An Anthropology of the Future, a book exploring the many possible disturbing changes which humanity may undergo in the far future:

The book begins with the impact of genetic engineering. For 200 years modern humans morphed the genetics of other humans to create genetically-altered creatures. The aquamorphs and aquatics are marine humans with gills instead of lungs. One species – the vacuumorph – has been engineered for life in the vacuum of space. Its skin and eyes carry shields of skin to keep its body stable even without pressure. Civilization eventually collapses, with a few select humans escaping to colonize space. Other humans, the Hitek, become almost totally dependent on cybernetic technology.

  • Damabupuk

    This is an amazing book, as are his others “After Man” and “The New Dinosaurs.” If you can get your hands on them, they’re worth every penny. (Oops, they’re phasing those out here in Canada. Worth every nickel, perhaps.)

    • Anarchy Pony

      I found that new dinosaurs book in the library when I was little, at the time I couldn’t comprehend it.

    • IokSotot

      Me too. I remember feeling a bit off after reading AM as a young lad. None of the shiny future books of the period with their space colonies and super highways mentioned stuff like the growth covered plug-in brain hybrid people.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    I’ve thought of writing a sci-fi story in a similar vein. Pretty cool.

  • BuzzCoastin

    if you don’t think you’re a cyborg yet
    try living without electricity and see how far you get

    I’ve done it enough to know
    it can’t be done completely or for long periods of time
    if you want to enjoy the benefits of civilization

  • arfer

    given millions of years and nuclear waste, folks sure are gonna look interesting. i can see my son’s roman nose now on a triple headed barbed protein lung.

  • IcyFaye

    This is a visceral representation of how easily we can abuse our intelligence.