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"Sharp and fascinating" - The Wall Street Journal
...a rollicking roller-coaster ride around the cutting edge of science with dozens of laugh-out-loud moments —The Scotsman
"stellar reviews everywhere and certainly one of the most interesting science books I've read for a long time...contentious subjects tackled in an approachable way" - New Statesman
"Stevenson's journey is a measured effort to take stock of the reasons for hope, and to keep faith with the enlightenment project... he makes a good case for believing that we can have a future worth making an effort to reach." - The Guardian
Stevenson puts the trends of tomorrow’s world into perspective with a quizzical, fast-paced, quick-witted tour of the scientific horizon. - The Times
"...infectiously enthusiastic... Despite the book’s title, Stevenson is not a relentlessly wide-eyed guide to the future. He is alive to the self-puffing of scientists and engineers he meets, and has a nice eye for the absurd." - Sunday Times
"[a] grand tour of charismatic technologies. Stevenson bags some impressive interviewees." - Financial Times
“Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason. That makes his journey intriguing… and ultimately exhilarating.” —Chris Anderson, TED.com Curator
"Essential...illuminating and refreshingly hopeful...an auspicious yet grounded vision" - The Atlantic
"A refreshing reminder that the future will always belong to the optimists" - New Scientist
"It’s invigorating to be led to the far-side by someone who sees the bright-side!”— Henry Pollack, author of A World Without Ice and Nobel Peace Prize winner
"a hilarious and inspiring romp" - Cory Doctorow @ Boingboing
...a brilliant book, Stevenson is the perfect guide to a dizzying future. The ideas come so quickly, with such great humour - it's like the smartest dinner party you've ever attended - Peter Miller, author 'The Smart Swarm'
"an absolute winner: entertaining, educational, jaw dropping.Never before have I been so captivated by a piece of non-fiction" - The Book Bag
"Uplifting and liberating: optimistic without being naive, fun but not silly, entertaining yet enlightening.. This is a book to gladden the gloomiest heart." —Michael Brooks, author of 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense
"Stevenson turns out to be an energetic tour guide to the cutting edge of science - like inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, but without that doomed feeling that can come from hearing Kurzweil's predictions." - Washington Post
"insightful...entertaining...Stevenson's restrained and rational enthusiasm makes for optimistic reading" - The Australian
"Part trendhunting, part rigorous research, part cultural anthropology, An Optimist’s Tour of the Future may just be our generation’s version of Bill Brysons’s iconic A Short History of Nearly Everything — a bold and entertaining blueprint for a future that’s ours to shape and ours to live." - Brainpickings
In questioning progress, Stevenson employs science, ethics and philosophy and never fails to be inspirational.” - Mind Food Magazine