Al Gore is prepping for a return to the New York Times bestsellers list.

Publishing giant Random House announced on Tuesday that it has secured the rights to the 62-year-old's next book, described as a look at our "global future."

Gore said in a statement that he intends the work to inspire a "conversation about the large-scale drivers of change that are defining and shaping our future — from the rapid development and integration of radically new technologies to the planet-changing impact of the climate crisis, to poverty, globalization and the democratization of knowledge accompanying the emergence of a ubiquitous Internet linking ever-more-intelligent devices.”

That's a heavy list of topics to condense into several hundred pages, but Gore has shown before in books like "The Assault on Reason" and "Inconvenient Truth" that he has a knack for helping readers make sense of complicated relationships.

“He’s proven over the last decade or more that he’s a man worth listening to,” said Random House Executive Vice President Jon Meacham. “And he’s bringing now decades — plural — of thinking and experience to this book, to take his arguments beyond climate change and really look at the global future.”

Random House plans to release Gore's next as-yet-untitled piece in World English, German and Spanish languages, first serial, audio, and e-book.

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New Gore book coming in 2012
Former VP to focus on globalization, technology, and climate change.