We live at a time in which scientists race to reanimate extinct beasts, our most essential ecosystems require monumental engineering projects to survive, and chicken breasts grow in test tubes. The old distinctions—between natural and artificial, science fiction and science fact—are losing all meaning. Looking at the lopsided battle between industry and nature, Nathaniel Rich suggests here that while the world of the past is irretrievable, we can still decide what kind of world we are going to inhabit.
"[A] vividly reported survey…. Frightening but with an undercurrent of humor, Rich's study is packed with moving insight."—Publishers Weekly