Contact - Carl Sagan

"The Doomsday Chiliasts were uneasy with the whiff of world community in the air and troubled by the steady annual decline in the global stockpiles of strategic weapons. The most readily available means for fulfilling the central tenet of their faith was being disassembled day by day. Other candidate catastrophes-overpopulation, industrial pollution, earthquakes, volcanic explosions, greenhouse warming, ice ages, or cometary impact with the Earth-were too slow, too improbably, or insufficiently apocalyptic for the purpose."

 

This guy loves to make social commentary along the story. Not very objective, but funny.