the last ape standing (walter) - compress our last 200,000 years and then weep; we almost didn't make it - hair's breathe stuff - but we did; cue ... neoteny and the skipping of the hardwiring ... well, most of it;
the unnatural history of the sea (roberts) - think 75% of the planet ... think 0.006 per cent eco protection zones ... think total shifting baseline ignorance ... think lilliputian fish size averages ... think ecological catastrophe ... think barbarians on the high seas ... that's us ... got it!
into the cool (sagan) - one Rule to rule them all, one Rule to find them, one Rule to bring them all and in the darkness bind them! life the universe and everything at entropy's edge - of course artifical life had this well covered a while ago;
"But you forget that there is one value that is greater than all others: human freedom. Because no matter how perfectly you set the world up for humanity, they will always rebel simply to exert their own selves. You cannot win."