An Optimist's Tour of the Future

  • by Mark Stevenson
  • Narrated by Mark Stevenson
  • 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mark Stevenson has been to the future a few years ahead of the rest of us - and reckons it has a lot going for it. His voyage of discovery takes him to Oxford to meet Trans humanists (they intend to live forever), to Boston where he confronts a robot with mood swings, to an underwater cabinet meeting in the Indian Ocean, and Australia to question the Outback's smartest farmer. He clambers around space planes in the Mojave desert, gets to grips with the potential of nanotechnology, delves deep into the possibilities of biotech, sees an energy renaissance on a printer, a revolution in communications, has his genome profiled, and glimpses the next stage of human evolution... and tries to make sense of what's in store. Insightful and often very funny, An Optimist's Tour of the Future is a book that tracks one curious man's journey to find out 'what's in store?'

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What the Critics Say

"Certainly one of the most interesting science books I've read for a long time." (New Statesman)
"A rollicking roller-coaster ride around the cutting edge of science with dozens of laugh-out-loud moments" (Scotsman)
"[A] grand tour of charismatic technologies and their prophets ... Stevenson bags an impressive list of interviewees." (Financial Times)
"He makes a good case for believing that we can have a future worth making an effort to reach." (Guardian)
"Mark Stevenson is the perfect tour guide: optimistic without being naive, fun but not silly, entertaining but enlightening." (Michael Brooks - author of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense)
"A refreshing reminder that the future will always belong to the optimists." (New Scientist)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

No fire and brimstone...

...what's a girl to do?! Thank God and gods for this view of the world. A view that means that we can, and should, take responsibility for making it better, not resorting to the malady of 'the other' - often remote in ideology, location and fortune.

Read it, listen to it and enjoy it. If you don't I can guarantee that the noise that you are listening to is probably the Titanic's onboard band. Enjoy your daiquiri at the bar. Or get in a boat and start rowing for the future.
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- Marcus

The perfect antidote to pessimism

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is written in a chatty style with humour by someone who is not a scientist. He writes about the fascinating and almost unbelievable breakthroughs in technology that will shape the future for us and our children. This is no science fiction it is what is already being done.


What was one of the most memorable moments of An Optimist's Tour of the Future?

That the worlds oil problem maybe solved by genetically engineered bacteria


Which character – as performed by Mark Stevenson – was your favourite?

Not applicable


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several but I won't spoil it for you


Any additional comments?

Become an optimist and read this book

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- Mr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Ltd