In “Ghostbusters” the apocalypse arrives like this:
Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
Dr. Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Stanz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
In publishing, the apocalypse would have arrived with the choice of my book, Otherwise Engaged, as “The #1 Leadership Book of 2015!” by The Book Review Company, a UK-based enterprise. Fortunately for all of us, though, my book did not win. Instead, "The #1 Leadership of 2015!" is Wired for Authenticity by Henna Inam. You can go here to find out more about Henna's excellent book.
The selection process went something like this. The Book Review Company identified an initial list of 20 books--one of which, oddly enough, was Otherwise Engaged--which were then put to a vote of the general public. The top five vote-getters made it through as finalists; surprisingly, Otherwise Engaged made this cut, too. (Lucky for me that Donald Trump’s latest—Lincoln, the 2nd Most Terrific Republican of All Time, Was Right: You CAN Fool All Of the People Some of the Time!—wasn’t published last year.) The five finalists were then reviewed by a 10-person expert panel, which then submitted their rank-orderings to The Book Review Company.
Henna Inam's book justifiably won. Mine, justifiably, did not. And dogs and cats continue to live separately.