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The planet’s resources must have become a particularly important subject, given the number of writers who have decided to build their essays and novels around them. What will life be like without oil? Without electricity? Without an economic recovery worthy of the name? and what if humankind discovered that immortality actually exists? Four stories with answers to all these questions.

THE CALCUTTA CHROMOSOME, Amitav Ghosh, Picador, 1995, 309 pp

LA TERRA SVUOTATA, Ugo Bardi, Editori Riuniti, Rome, 2011, 295 pp

SEA OF TRUTH, Andrea De Carlo, Rizzoli Ex Libris, 2008, 320 pp

READY PLAYER ONE, Ernest Cline, Random House, 2011

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