Named a “Best Book of 2017” by Science Books and Films.

Published by Yale University Press

Available at bookstores and online retailers

Praise for Future Humans:

“When it comes to evolution, the question everyone often asks is, “Where is it going?” In Future Humans, Scott Solomon brings the latest scientific research to bear on that question. This book is a fascinating excursion through natural selection in our own time, and what it may mean for the future.” —Carl Zimmer, author of Parasite Rex and Evolution: Making Sense of Life

“…enjoyable and well-researched, and beautifully clarifies the fact that larger populations, greater genetic interchange and ever-older breeding males all greatly increase what evolution has to work with.” New Scientist

“Books abound that speculate on the future evolution of the human species. Most, however, fall into the realm of pure fantasy—perhaps fun to read, but not based on superior science. Solomon’s easily accessible book does not fall into the genre of science fiction. Rather, he carefully studies the scientific evidence for recent evolutionary changes in the human species and reflects on how these may alter the course of human evolution. . . . Solomon’s careful focus on solid science makes this volume both an important and an entertaining read.” Choice

“Solomon’s review of the scientific literature he believes to be most relevant to assessing the likely evolutionary future of humanity is lively and thought-provoking… Solomon’s ability to explain complicated science from a variety of fields is impressive.” Commonweal

“[Solomon] comes across as informed and sensible. He’s the kind of guy I wish I had as a professor when I was in college.” The Chronicle of Higher Education

“…a well-crafted and entertaining read that gives an admirably clear account of the evidence that humans are still evolving… if what you want is an evidence-based assessment of what the evolutionary human sciences can – and cannot – contribute to our understanding of the future of human evolution, this is a good place to start.” Trends in Ecology and Evolution

“A marvelous, up-to-the-minute account of human adaptation throughout the world, including proof that our evolution is ongoing. Scott Solomon brings science and scientists to life. He shows us that they’re having fun, and invites us in, too.” —Melvin Konner, author of Women After All and The Tangled Wing

“Clearly written and beautifully motivated by human interest stories, this is a book I will recommend enthusiastically to students and friends. His message is important.” —Stephen Stearns, author of Evolution: An Introduction

Future Humans is a short, clear, crisply written book about the ways in which our species has evolved in the past, is currently evolving, and may evolve in the future. By rigorously summarizing the numerous contrary arguments, Solomon provides a most useful service.” —Christopher Wills, evolutionary biologist at the University of California, San Diego and author of Children of Prometheus: The Accelerating Pace of Human Evolution


Interviews and Media Coverage:

Author Events:


Oct 13Sierra Club, Houston, TX

Oct 25Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, Houston, TX

Nov 1 Rice Science Café, Houston, TX

Nov 3 Texas Master Naturalists Gulf Coast Chapter, Rosenberg, TX

Nov 7Rice Campus Store, Houston, TX

Dec 6 – Garden District Book Shop, New Orleans, LA


Jan 30 Explorer’s Club, New York, NY

Jan 31Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

Feb 8The Avid Reader, Davis, CA

Feb 21Science Café, College Station, TX

Mar 16Tattered Cover, Denver, CO

Mar 23Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA

Apr 8Bayou City Book Festival, Houston, TX

May The Book Stall, Chicago, IL

May 11 Science Under the Stars, Austin, TX

Interview on WLS-AM Radio