By Nathaniel Rich
Manhattan urban, the close to destiny: Mitchell Zukor, a proficient younger mathematician, is employed by way of a mysterious new monetary consulting enterprise, FutureWorld. The enterprise operates out of a cavernous workplace within the Empire kingdom construction; Mitchell is worker quantity . he's requested to calculate worst-case eventualities within the most complex aspect, and his schemes are bought to organisations to indemnify them opposed to any destiny failures. this is often the innovative of company irresponsibility, and company is booming. As Mitchell immerses himself within the arithmetic of catastrophe--ecological cave in, international struggle, normal disasters--he turns into obsessed by means of a culture's fears. but he additionally loses contact along with his final connection to fact: Elsa Bruner, a chum along with her personal apocalyptic mystery, who has began a commune in Maine. Then, simply as Mitchell's predictions achieve a nightmarish crescendo, an exact worst-case situation overtakes long island. Mitchell realizes he's uniquely ready to learn. yet at what expense? immediately an all-too-plausible literary mystery, an unforeseen love tale, and a philosophically looking out inquiry into the character of worry, Nathaniel Rich's Odds opposed to Tomorrow poses the last word questions of mind's eye and civilization. the long run isn't rather what it was once.