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Darren: Right. I asked him quite a few times about that I worked at Impossible Pictures for a while a few years back and he always cleverly evaded me.

Moving on Wells, in particular by the part at the end where he goes to the far future and everything has changed: there are the giant crabs and so on. I was always artistic as a kid. I remember at the age of 8 or 10 years old, drawing comic strips, and one of them was actually my own retelling of The Time Machine. I had fun creating my own future creatures that had evolved from those of the modern day, featured there in the background.

Darren: [incredulously] You came up with that stuff as a kid? Dougal: Well, yeah, not that there was any scientific point to it: it was just the background to the story. The tiger will become extinct. And I began to think to myself — just as idle musings — if things do become extinct, what evolves to take their place? Well, that sparked off the whole idea again. I thought to myself: suppose the whale does become extinct, what might evolve to take its place?

That, of course, is where the whole idea of the giant, whale-like penguins of After Man came from. Darren: The Vortex. A couple of weeks later, I thought: I could use this.

I could devise a popular-level book on evolution, but a book that did something quite different. Other popular-level books used evolution to tell the story of the past, but nobody had taken the whole process — the observable trends — and projected them into the future. I thought: I could do this.

At this time, I was working in publishing — I was involved in encyclopedias — and I knew how to present a crazy idea to a publisher with a likelihood of being taken seriously.

So I decided to create illustrated spreads, dummy text and so on… I took the idea to publishers the next time I was in London, and the rest is history. They understand the concept of the book you were aiming to create? Dougal: Yes, I was very excited about the project, and there were lots of ideas about how it could be tied in to broader efforts concerning publicity. I was told by the publisher that a science-based radio programme on Radio 4 would be interested in covering the story behind the book, and that it would be Barry Cox reviewing it [Prof.

Cox hated it. However, as other reviews began to roll in, things changed — certainly, the review in New Scientist changed the very low opinion I had of myself.

Darren: It must have been very exciting. Dougal: Yes. Darren: That raises a question I have about that book. Were you coming up with the speculative animals first, or were you led by the zoogeography angle? Dougal: It would have been a bit of both, I think hard to remember all the details after all this time, of course.

On balance, it was the pushing of the zoogeography — a fairly unfamiliar aspect to so many people — that was the main impetus here.

I often wonder, however, with these books whether the people that look at them simply see them as picture books of funny animals. Quite a few people have said that some of the ideas that feature in The New Dinosaurs presaged modern discoveries. Darren: So you were definitely inspired by the controversial ideas of the Dinosaur Revolution during this project? Dougal: Oh yes, very much. Darren: There have been a couple of recent articles that have drawn attention to this.

Darren: Exactly, yes. Dougal: Remember that the whole of The New Dinosaurs was very much a cognitive exercise in the same vein as After Man. I was interested in patterns, and pushing the patterns to an extreme. Darren: If you were to do The New Dinosaurs today, would you do it any different? Dougal: Yes I would.

Darren: Absolutely. I mean, come on! Even if we accept that many of the starting stock species were genetically engineered and have some latent special capabilities "built in", the time it takes them to evolve into a completely new form is laughably short - just a few Compared with the other titles by Dixon, this is a major misstep.

Even if we accept that many of the starting stock species were genetically engineered and have some latent special capabilities "built in", the time it takes them to evolve into a completely new form is laughably short - just a few hundreds or few thousands of years like, only !

Even us, the currently last human species, have had a vaguely unchanged form for 40 years and yet we are still evolving, even though it's visible only in small details over the many millenia and not some kind of Hollywood Turbo Evolution tm as in this book! Furthemore, while the posthuman stuff in the early chapters of the book is pretty much fully believable, many of the latter species that crop up in the book are borderline cartoonish or act nothing like an extinct or existing natural species would Doug seems to understand evolution pretty well, but I just get the feeling he can't resist the urge to make "clap your hand if you believe, because this is cool shit" assumptions, that needlessly bring the book's atmosphere into the realm of uneducated pulp sci-fi.

And this isn't the first time he's done the same mistake: Even his true classics, After Man and The New Dinosaurs, are often burdened by needlessly out-there species - for instance, the "parashrew" of After Man shook my suspension of disbelief, which until then had no problems with the fictional future animals presented.

The concept of the parashrew was laughably stupid and that particular creature seemed less like the work of Dixon and more like something out of the fantasies of a five year old. That's basically, what most of the future human species in Man After Man are - very promising speculative ideas overburdened by piling irrelevant, random and overall daft pseudo-scientific crap on top of them, killing any semblance of seriousness.

Nov 30, Yael rated it it was amazing. Dougal Dixon's books on speculative biology are among my favorite reading material. Illustrated lavishly in color with pictures of possible future species or species that might have existed today if not for this or that cosmic catastrophe are worth collecting as much for their beauty and humor as for the scientific information and science-fiction texts they contain.

This book, however, also had one extra, added attraction: What is our future? What evolutionary pathways will our species take as time goes on? What will our descendants be like in a thousand years, ten thousand years, a hundred thousand years, a million years? How will our future evolution affect other creatures on our planet? The book begins with the premise that we are a species "outside evolution," supported by highly advanced technology that shapes nature to fulfill our short-term requirements.

Actually, we aren't "outside evolution" -- natural selection still operates on all of us, as can be quickly determined by talking with anyone who has suffered an iatrogenic disease, a mugging, a miscarriage due to unexpected side-effects of a prescription medication, the business end of some warlord's campaign, a drive-by shooting, etc. Selective pressures are still there, and survival of the luckiest is the name of the game.

The only thing that has changed is the nature of particular selective factors, which have shifted radically in the last ten thousand years or so, not the fact of natural selection itself. Do not ask for whom Darwin's Bell tolls -- it tolls for thee, regardless of whom thou art, even me.

But don't let that spoil the story.

Dixon asks if old age, illness, and bad luck can be held at bay forever? The result is Man After Man , a richly illustrated anthropology of the future. It shows several possible evolutionary paths for humanity: A select group of humans in outstanding condition leave Earth for colonies on worlds of other stars. Others, supported by ingenious technology that counteracts their increasingly deteriorated genotypes and physiology, remain on Earth, the lords of life there.

Trying to find a way to free themselves from the immobility and weaknesses conferred on them by their genes and necessitated by the type of technology used to care for them, the stay-at-home humans develop bio-solutions in the form of organic life-support systems into which they fit snugly. These systems enable them to move and work the way their able ancestors did, by their own initiative and metabolic power.

Still others, who have not succumbed to the genetic weaknesses of the technocrats, have developed a way of life much like their Neolithic forebears, living in small settlements, growing their own crops, raising bees for honey and pollination, making their own tools, and otherwise living as independently as possible from the machines upon which their cousins have become fatally dependent.

But the process of Earthly evolution doesn't stop there. The Hiteks -- Homo sapiens machina diumentum -- decide that they will replenish the Earth with new creatures to replace older species that had died off due to human activities.

Accordingly, using advanced bioengineering techniques, they create the Plains-Dweller, Homo campis fabricatus , with a large belly accommodating the enlarged digestive tract of an obligate herbivore, teeth configured to eat grass, long legs and feet configured somewhat like those of a dog to enable fast running, and blade-like calluses on its fingertips that can be used as weapons as well as tools, for protection and food-gathering.

The ancestors of the Hiteks had created aquamorphs, humans genetically modified to live and work underwater on various tasks important to the world economy; and vacuumorphs, humans genetically modified to live and work in space, in gravity-free environments, without protective spacesuits, and the ability to retain huge amounts of oxygen to reduce the number of times they would have to return to their space-based homes for another breath while working outside. Those same ancestors had also shared the Earth with "quatties," normal humans living in the ruins of once-proud cities, and other people not dependent on advanced technology, some of which had given rise to the unmodified humans of years in our future who keep bees, grow their own crops, and live apart from high-tech culture.

Now the Hiteks want to go their ancestors several times better, starting with their engineered plains-dweller.

That engineered species is followed in quick succession by the Forest-Dweller, Homo silvis fabricatus , the Tundra-Dweller, Homo glacis fabricatus , and the Temperate Woodland-Dweller, Homo virgultis fabricatus. An advanced version of the older and and now extinct Aquamorph is also created, Piscanthropus submarinus. And then, slowly but surely, especially after Homo sapiens machinasdiumentum dies off, these genetically engineered, radically altered versions of humanity begin to evolve in adaptive response to changes in their environment.

Five million years go by. The world goes through its changes, ice age giving way to a more temperate climate which then returns to an ice age, over and over again.

Areas that were above water are submerged; land that had been below the surface of the oceans is left high and dry. Without humanity's factories and other sources of pollution, the Earth has healed of the wounds we inflicted on it. And then. Strange lights appear in the night sky, moving against the background of stars whose proper motions through the heavens over the eons are not discernible by members of species which, descended from bioengineered versions of humanity, have given up the intellectual lives and abilities and cultures of their remote, unaltered ancestors.

Resolving into large structures of worked metal, they alight on Earth and disgorge their passengers. Humanity has returned from its far-flung interstellar colonies -- but not in the form it had when it first left Earth for the stars. These weird creatures have been so heavily reworked to meet the demands of their inconceivably technologically and biotechnologically advanced culture that they barely retain any resemblance to the original parent stock at all.

Tiny, with clusters of minute arms without hands, but with servoconnections for manipulating controls which, in turn, activate machines that do their work for them, these creatures have no legs. Their legs have been sacrificed in order to enable them to fit better into saddles mounted on machines or bioengineered living mounts, which then serve as their legs, powerful and enduring beyond anything nature could have given us.

Dougal Dixon - After Man- A Zoology of the Future (PDF)

Unheeding or, perhaps, ignorant of the fact of their ancestral origins on this blue, living world, they take it over for their own purposes. They fill it with factories that produce everything they need, using local resources as raw materials -- including, when appropriate, the flesh of the animal life around them.

They begin modifying that life to suit their needs and desires, turning the children of men into ugly, pathetic caricatures of living organisms, not to mention humans and their strange but natural descendants in the process. Finally, having robbed Earth of most of her mineral wealth and biological resources for their factories, turning Earth into a blasted, ravaged,low-oxygen wasteland and Earth's seas into heavily polluted sinks in the process, the little horrors leave, probably still ignorant that this was the homeworld of their ancestors.

And in the seas, the surviving members of Piscanthropus profundus , the ultimate descendants of the original Aquamen of the 25th Century, rise up out of the water to watch the rocket exhaust of the factory ships dwindling to nothing in the poisoned skies of Earth. View 1 comment. Beautiful book on It reads like a collection of short stories from viewpoints of different creatures , connecting into one big narrative of what could become of humans after genetic engineering and natural evolution millions of years in the future.

LOVED the illustrations and the reasons for one or another adaptation of the creatures. Beautiful book, if a little bit sentimental at times. Aug 15, Zac Cronin rated it really liked it. Love it. So cool. Love the pictures. Jun 18, Amy rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book, despite all the negative reviews I have seen. It was a real trip. Once I opened this book up, I couldn't put it down.

People say that it's far fetched I agree , depressing yeah, much of it is , and inaccurate in many ways. I'm no scientist so I'm not going to complain about the scientific inaccuracies much. But I can, from a layman's point of view, pretty much agree with that too. The book is basically about man's future on Earth and begins years in the future. Ma I really enjoyed this book, despite all the negative reviews I have seen.

Man has pretty much wrecked the planet, and he's on his way out, so it seems. Scientists begin making genetically engineered humans that can live in places regular homo sapiens cannot. For instance, outer space. The Vacumorph is an odd, bug-looking like critter that lives in space and fixes space vessels.

From the outside, it doesn't look human at all; but there is a skeletal structure diagram that shows a very human-like skeleton. This skeleton is protected by a tough shield, so the creature can withstand the vacuum of space.

And that's just one of the more interesting morphs in this book. Others include the Tics, who are these gig, blob-like creatures that body parts are grafted onto a homo sapien lives inside the "blob," which is referred to as a cradle. Before the tics, cradles were machines there is one picture of one guy inside what sort of looks like a steam shovel. Man has advanced far enough to where certain people that could not live like normal humans can be kept alive in the "cradles". They are on life support and eat synthetic foods.

They're very vulnerable outside their cradles. Another of the freakiest "future men" are the parasites and hosts.

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Way down the line, a few million years or so, certain humans that resemble the Abominable snowman without hair develop into big eating machines that serve as "hosts" for smaller, blood sucking, vampire-bat-like humans. They latch on, sucking blood of the host. Really crazy stuff! That's just a few. I saw this more of a sci-fi fictional type thing than a factual book which others have said. It was very entertaining, yet dismal. According to Dixon, man's future is not very bright.

The Homo sapiens that were left when man was in decline developed into sort of "tribes" in the ruins of the cities where they had to fend for themselves. Basically, they became cavemen again. Only a select few were chosen to go into space and try to colonize elsewhere.

Dougal Dixon - After Man- A Zoology of the Future (PDF)

Homo sapiens eventually die out, and the genetically engineered critters are left to do whatever they do. One thing they do is evolve into even more freaky creatures.

The saga ends at 5,, years in the future. By now, "man" isn't even recognizable. I won't spoil the ending for you. You need to experience that for yourself. Good news is that the book is available online — though probably not legally. But with cover that awesome, I want a physical copy. Might have to keep an eye out on trademe NZ equiv of ebay , none there at the moment thou: Your email address will not be published.

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Skip to content. Temporary Public Key: Merry X-Mas! Anthropology of the Future. Vacumorph - a deep space adapted human. Hitek in his organic cradle.

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Your email address will not be published. The only thing that has changed is the nature of particular selective factors, which have shifted radically in the last ten thousand years or so, not the fact of natural selection itself. It shows several possible evolutionary paths for humanity: on other worlds; in space, that is, a gravity-free environment; under water, in the oceans; and on the soils and sands of Earth's surface.

What I did with that concept, quite a few years previously, is create an alien biota for an Earth-type planet in a far solar system, but based on the same biochemical processes that created life today.

I was always artistic as a kid.