Of After Man, The New Dinosaurs and Greenworld: an interview with Dougal Dixon

One person above all others can be regarded as the ‘parent’ of the Speculative Zoology Movement, his several books and innumerable ideas inspiring virtually everything that’s appeared since. I refer of course to writer, artist, editor, consultant and visionary Dougal Dixon, author of a huge number of books and winner of an intimidating number of awards relating to educational journalism and authorship. Dougal has been the go-to person for speculative zoology ever since the 1981 publication of his famous, beautifully illustrated book After Man (Dixon 1981). This was followed by The New Dinosaurs (Dixon 1988), a book that told the story of a parallel Earth where the end-Cretaceous extinction event never occurred, and Man After Man (Dixon 1990), a fantastic and slightly disturbing look at a possible future for humankind. Dougal was also substantially involved in the TV series The Future Is Wild and wrote the accompanying book (Dixon & Adams 2004). And then there’s Greenworld (Dixon 2010), on which more below…

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carmarthenfan said: :-( :-( we could drunk Skype watch dinosaur movies. I can see if the library has jp1…


Would you ever wanna take awesome scuba pictures of a reef or anything?
nemertea nemertea Said:

Yes. Yes right now. God yes. Underwater camera stuff is v. Expensive, though. But dear god yes.

greycloaks said: I would say “but cupcakes are good” but you can’t eat them, can you?

Nope. I’m here with a bottle of wine and a lot of bitterness.

So there is nothing worse than being surrounded by cupcakes, beer and excessively gendered expectations for your future nibling at Passover.

Please send drunk asks.

Ideal baby shower, for Carmarthen.

Describe your ideal baby shower.
nemertea nemertea Said:

I will draw you a picture.

Asker drcalvin Asks:
DINOSAURS! (if they are doing things in a Rómeó és Júliaish way, I will not mind...)
nemertea nemertea Said:


I have no favorite Dinotopia character, so I will go with Jurassic Park and the obvious, Clever Girl. Sorry, not R és J-ish but you probably don’t really care about sentient raptors anyway.

Haven’t rewatched JP1 recently, so I can’t remember if this quite fits the timeline but whatever, I’m not exactly writing anything the movie creators would ever have thought of.

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Yes good

…are open until further notice, since my sister is having a baby shower (which requires that I become very drunk) and carmarthen asked me to (and I will do anything that carmarthen asks me to do)