Humans have always been driven by both a fear of the unknown and a curiosity to know. They have prophesied, foretold, predicted, and tried to control the future. The Future: A Very Short Introduction considers some of our most burning questions: What is ‘the future’? Is there only one future or are there many possible futures? It introduces the exciting field of future studies, spanning social, cultural, and environmental innovations, as well as technological advances. It asks if the future can ever be truly predicted or if we create our own futures by our thoughts, feelings, and actions. The book concludes by exploring the grand global futures challenges.