The New Yorker headline reads, “Alan Weisman’s Thought Experiment Becomes a Reality–The writer’s 2007 best-seller, The World Without Us, imagines what Earth would look like if everyone vanished.”
“Say a Homo sapiens-specific virus—natural or diabolically nano-engineered—picks us off but leaves everything else intact,” he wrote. “What then?”
How would the planet reclaim its surface? What creatures would emerge from the dark and swarm? How would our treasured structures–our tunnels, our bridges, our homes, our monuments–survive the unmitigated impact of a planet without our intervention? In his revelatory, bestselling account, Alan Weisman draws on every field of science to present an environmental assessment like no other, the most affecting portrait yet of humankind’s place on this planet.
Since the pandemic began, Weisman’s iconic book has experienced a renaissance. People have been citing it online—posting references to it alongside images of flowers pushing through cobblestone, deer in Grand Rapids, a coyote in Chicago, and Weisman is receiving calls from media outlets around the world.
Author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best sellers The World Without Us and Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?, Alan is an award-winning journalist whose reports have appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Discover, and Orion, among others, and on National Public Radio.
We’re thrilled to be working with Alan again, please contact Kathlene Carney to schedule media interviews.