It’s the end of the world—but not as we know it . . .

As the new millennium approaches, speculations about Earth's destruction abound. This collection presents twelve world-ending scenarios that are all too frightening—and all too real.

“Fermi and Frost” by Frederik Pohl
“A Desperate Calculus” by Gregory Benford
“Evolution” by Nancy Kress
“A Message to the King of Brobdingnag” by Richard Cowper
“. . . The World, As We Know’t” by Howard Waldrop
“The Peacemaker” by Gardner Dozois
“The Screwfly Solution” by Raccoona Sheldon
“A Pail of Air” by Fritz Leiber
“The Great Nebraska Sea” by Allan Danzig
“Inconstant Moon” by Larry Niven
“The Last Sunset” by Geoffrey A. Landis
“Down in the Dark” by William Barton

Cover Art by Phil Heffernan

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, 1995

Printed in the United States of America

eISBN: 978-1-62579-107-8

Copyright 2013 by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

Electronic version by Baen Books