The Future of Geography: How the Competition in Space Will Change Our World

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6.4 X 9.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.97 pounds

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About the Author

Tim Marshall is a leading authority on foreign affairs with more than thirty years of reporting experience. He was diplomatic editor at Sky News and before that worked for the BBC and LBC/IRN radio. He has reported from forty countries and covered conflicts in Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Israel. He is the author of Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World; The Age of Walls: How Barriers Between Nations Are Changing Our World; and A Flag Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of National Symbols. He is founder and editor of the current affairs site


"In his typical style--wielding a wickedly clever pen--Marshall provides a thoroughly enjoyable, dizzyingly thought-provoking, and technologically plausible ride through the terrain of solar space. Along the way, he shows how irretrievably entwined with space humanity has become, pathways to a space future we could take and, fortunately for us, a few that we should. I'm envious. This is a book I wish I could have written. Fortunately, I got to read it." --Everett Dolman, professor of comparative military studies and strategy at the US Air Force's Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), and author of Astropolitik: Classical Geopolitics in the Space Age

"In The Future of Geography, Tim Marshall again demonstrates his unique ability to write wonderfully engaging must-read books which reveal startling facts. The Future of Geography takes us on a gripping and amazing journey, to guide us expertly and often amusingly into the exploration of space and its profound implications for those of us left behind on planet earth." --Ian Goldin, professor of globalisation and development at the University of Oxford, and author of Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years

"A chilling, insightful exploration of the political and military implications of our presence in space." --Brian Clegg, author of Final Frontier

"This stirring book shows why astropolitics matters for everyone on Earth--not just the scientists and the dreamers." --Dr Bleddyn E. Bowen, author of Original Sin and War in Space

"Astropolitics is a word I never thought would enter my lexicon--but after reading this fascinating book, I'm hooked!" --Dr. Becky Smethurst, astrophysicist at the University of Oxford and author of A Brief History of Black Holes
"The author of Prisoners of Geography examines how leaping into space is both technically feasible as well as economically necessary. . . . This is an engaging, informative read, and Marshall displays flashes of wit and a thorough understanding of the issues. A well-researched, insightful, infectiously enthusiastic book." --Kirkus Reviews
"Insightful, hopeful and endlessly fascinating, Marshall's latest non-fiction masterpiece sets out the possibilities and pitfalls that lie ahead." --Daily Express

"Written with insight and great wit, this is an essential take on power, politics and the future of humanity from the UK's most popular writer on geopolitics." --Daily Telegraph

"Thought-provoking. . . . Marshall's assessments intrigue, and he provides valuable insight into an overlooked aspect of space exploration." --Publisher's Weekly

"Compelling . . . Marshall demonstrates a refreshing understanding of the new space age - one in which humanity will go into space and stay there . . . His book is an important contribution to the growing work of space-power . . . readable, intelligent and forward-leaning. It provides a practical vision of our necessary future in space, and I recommend it." --Brandon J. Weichert, Times Literary Supplement

"Tim Marshall boldly goes where no geopolitical thinker has gone before." --Business Post

"Lead[s] the reader on a voyage of galactic discovery." --The Mail on Sunday

"Marshall is an engaging writer, good at explaining the science as well as the politics, and with an eye for a telling fact." --New Statesman

"[An] engaging exploration of power politics in space." --Irish Independent

"A superb survey of planetary politics' Bryan Appleyard." --The Sunday Times

"Tought provoking and worrying in equal measures." --Popular Science

"[Tim's] prose is brisk in pace and refreshingly crystalline in its clarity, affording a highly readable lesson in historical geopolitics . . . deeply thought-provoking." --BBC Sky at Night

"A prophetic vision of what the geopolitics of space could look like over the next 50 years."