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New York City, the near future: Mitchell Zukor, a gifted young mathematician, is hired by a mysterious new financial consulting firm, FutureWorld. The business operates out of an empty office in the Empire State Building; Mitchell is employee number two. He is asked to calculate worst-case scenarios in the most intricate detail, and his schemes are sold to corporations to indemnify them against any future disasters. This is the cutting edge of corporate irresponsibility, and business is booming.

As Mitchell immerses himself in the mathematics of catastrophe—ecological collapse, war games, natural disasters—he becomes obsessed by a culture’s fears. Yet he also loses touch with his last connection to reality: Elsa Bruner, a friend with her own apocalyptic secret, who has started a commune in Maine. Then, just as Mitchell’s predictions reach a nightmarish crescendo, an actual worst-case scenario overtakes Manhattan. Mitchell realizes he is uniquely prepared to profit. But at what cost?

At once an all-too-plausible literary thriller, an unexpected love story, and a philosophically searching inquiry into the nature of fear, Nathaniel Rich’s Odds Against Tomorrow poses the ultimate questions of imagination and civilization. The future is not quite what it used to be.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Scarily prescient and wholly original.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Mitchell’s intensely fraught journey from man of intellect to man of action is one the [listener] will not soon forget.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “With its fits of paranoia and eerily prescient scenario, this book is not comfortable [listening], but it’s also nearly impossible to put down. An oddly affectionate portrait of disaster relief that deftly mocks the indemnity mindset of a culture under siege.”

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About the Author

Nathaniel Rich is the author of the novel Mayor’s Tongue and the critically acclaimed nonfiction title San Francisco Noir. His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Paris Review, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. Nathaniel lives in New Orleans.