A harrowing but ultimately hopeful vision of the aftermath of the age of oil, The Long Descent: A User's Guide to the End of the Industrial Age explores the approaching end of an industrial civilization based on cheap, abundant fossil fuel energy. Rather than the sudden catastrophes imagined by so many social critics today, The Long Descent explores the possibility that our civilization is facing the well-worn path of gradual, uneven decline that so many other cultures have followed in their time, and proposes concrete steps to deal with a future very different from the ones our cultural narratives lead us to expect.
John Michael gives an overview of the book:
About John Michael
Born in the gritty Navy town of Bremerton, Washington and raised in the south Seattle suburbs, I began writing about as soon as I could hold a pencil. SF editor George Scithers' dictum that all would-be writers have a million words of so of bad prose in them, and have to...