There are so many ways the world could end, even in the next year, that it's impossible not to fantasize about some of them, some of the time. The question is, what do you do with these apocalyptic thoughts? It seems to me there are two basic choices.
Amazing line-up. If you're anywhere near Williams College from Oct. 22-24, you should make a beeline to the David Hartwell '63 Science Fiction Symposium, featuring Samuel R. Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Kolbert, Paolo Bacigalupi and tons more.