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The Long View
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Richard Fisher is a senior journalist with BBC Global News in London, where he writes, commissions and edits stories for BBC Future and bbc.com, specialising in science, technology and health journalism. From 2019-20, Richard was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Immaculately researched, splendidly written and an antidote to despair.
*Literary Review*

Fisher has poured a decade's worth of thinking [into the problems of short-termism] into The Long View. The result is an erudite survey of a subject he believes could decide the fate of humanity ... compelling ... I hope our political class reads and absorbs this book.
*The Sunday Times*

In this uplifting and hopeful book, science journalist Fisher explores the folly of short-termism and invites us to revise our attitude to time, to embrace the long view, not as a solemn duty but for a deeper, more fulfilling life.
*SAGA Magazine*

The Long View is a manifesto calling for a radical reconception of our relationship with time. Richard Fisher documents the social, psychological, and economic reasons we have become stranded on the Island of Now - and charts routes for us to get back to the mainland.
*Marcia Bjornerud, author of TIMEFULNESS*

Few books can claim to shake your perspective on life, but The Long View does exactly that ... a landmark book that could help to build a much brighter future for many generations to come.
*David Robson, author of THE EXPECTATION EFFECT*

A soaring hymn to all that might lie in the future; alongside the diverse and beautiful ways to think about it. Overflowing with wisdom and insight.
*Thomas Moynihan, author of X-RISK: HOW HUMANITY DISCOVERED ITS OWN EXTINCTION*

Hope-filled and revelatory... Beautifully readable and scholarly, rich and personal, this book shows how, to leave a robust legacy for the future, we need to overcome our bias for the present.
*Rowan Hooper, author of HOW TO SPEND A TRILLION DOLLARS*

A wise, humane book laced with curiosity and hope. It will open your mind and horizons - and leave you giddy at the prospect of all that we may yet become.
*Tom Chatfield, author of HOW TO THINK*

Urgent and profound. Richard Fisher's The Long View shows how thinking differently about time can change the world. The future begins with how we imagine it.
*David Farrier, author of FOOTPRINTS: IN SEARCH OF FUTURE FOSSILS*

Moving beyond the abjection that dominates today's headlines about the future, Richard Fisher charts a hope-fuelled path toward the twenty-third century. Lucidly written, The Long View challenges us to remove our temporal blinkers and embrace a more long-minded awareness of humanity's future possibilities. An astounding read.
*Vincent Ialenti, author of DEEP TIME RECKONING*

I cannot recommend enough! Profoundly thought-provoking, and at times movingly personal, it's a deep exploration of our relationship with time and how we can navigate the coming centuries.
*Prof. Lewis Dartnell, author of THE KNOWLEDGE*

Philosophical, insightful and entertaining. In a world of short-sightedness, The Long View is a helpful guide to understand and connect us to the future. In the light of the climate emergency, long-term thinking is more urgent than ever.
*Andri Snær Magnason, author of ON TIME AND WATER*

Some of our greatest powers derive from our ability to think about the future. Fisher takes us on a fascinating tour of long-mindedness, and why it matters.
*Thomas Suddendorf, Professor of Psychology, University of Queensland, and co-author of THE INVENTION OF TOMORROW*

A captivating guide... The Long View is simply crammed with interesting ideas. This is a beautifully turned, calmly persuasive but urgent book.
*Ian McEwan, Sunday Times bestselling author of ATONEMENT and LESSONS*

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