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Most major religions have predictions about the end of the world; the Mayans may have provided a date. But many of the proposed end-of-the-world scenarios are unrealistic, or are at least are millions of years off. Ron Miller separates the honest threats from pseudoscientific theory, and somehow both assuages our fears and gives us brand-new ones we'd never considered. The writing is at a middle-school level, which is fantastic because there's really nothing else written at this level on the topic--nothing worthwhile, anyway. The lack of bias is incredible; Miller makes no assumptions about the readers' knowledge or background. (Even his introduction of Christianity makes reference to 'a man named Jesus,' not assuming his readers are well-steeped in Christian tradition.) He does make reference to movies to illustrate his points sometimes, and this is my main quibble: he mostly chooses movies that are either old , or lack teen appeal, or both--movies like Dr. Strangelove or Children of Men. Information is current (includes the Japan earthquake from March 2011), but the suggested fictional titles at the end only include 3 teen books: The Hunger Games (2008), Life As We Knew It (2008), and Z For Zachariah (listed as 2007; actually published 1974). Endmatter includes index, glossary, bibliography, and suggestions for further reading/viewing/researching.