In 1956, an influential group of leaders published The Fabulous Future: America in 1980, in which they attempted to project how various aspects of life might look in 25 years or so. Some of it they got right, some of it wrong. It’s a noble task and an interesting concept for which editors might gather the opinions of leaders in their fields.

Our friend Gary Saul Morson and his colleague (and Northwestern University President) Morton Schapiro have rebooted this concept for their new book, The Fabulous Future? America in 2040. Drawing on prognosticators of religion, technology, politics, medicine and more, this book paints a possible picture of what we may face in the next 25 years. A great effort by two fine minds.