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  • First Contactby Marc Kaufman

    Simon & Schuster 2011; US$ 16.00

    Are we alone in the universe? Almost certainly not. In First Contact, Marc Kaufman provides a gripping tour of the magnificent new science of astrobiology that is closing in on the discovery of extraterrestrial life. In recent decades, scientists generally held that the genesis of life was unique to Earth: It was too delicate a process, and the... more...

  • The Rock From Marsby Kathy Sawyer

    Random House Publishing Group 2006; US$ 25.95

    In this riveting book, acclaimed journalist Kathy Sawyer reveals the deepest mysteries of space and some of the most disturbing truths on Earth. The Rock from Mars is the story of how two planets and the spheres of politics and science all collided at the end of the twentieth century. It began sixteen million years ago. An asteroid crashing into... more...

  • Civilized Life in the Universeby George Basalla

    Oxford University Press 2006; US$ 26.99 US$ 23.21

    From Plutarch and Kepler to Stephen Hawkings and Carl Sagan, this book offers a fascinating history of scientific speculation about life in outer space. Basalla traces an unbroken but twisting chain of ideas passed from one scientist to the next, and from science to popular culture. He even examines the influence of popular culture on science--Sagan... more...

  • Lonely Planetsby David Grinspoon

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.99

    It's been nearly four decades since Carl Sagan first addressed the general public from a scientist's perspective, confronting the possibility of extraterrestrial life. We've learned a lot in those years, and planetary scientist David Grinspoon is well prepared to explore this field with a new generation of readers. In Lonely Planets , Grinspoon investigates... more...

  • Talking about Lifeby Chris Impey

    Cambridge University Press 2010; US$ 32.00 US$ 26.24

    Containing interviews with astronomers, geologists, biologists, and writers, this book will fascinate anyone who has ever wondered 'Are we alone?' more...

  • Historical Eclipses and Earth's Rotationby F. Richard Stephenson

    Cambridge University Press 1997; US$ 72.00 US$ 59.04

    A scientist who has studied eclipses for many years tells their story and explains their importance today. more...

  • Strange New Worldsby Ray Jayawardhana

    Princeton University Press 2011; US$ 24.95 US$ 19.96

    Soon astronomers expect to find alien Earths by the dozens in orbit around distant suns. Before the decade is out, telltale signs that they harbor life may be found. If they are, the ramifications for all areas of human thought and endeavor--from religion and philosophy to art and biology--will be breathtaking. In Strange New Worlds , renowned astronomer... more...

  • Visions of Marsby Howard V. Hendrix; George Slusser; Eric S. Rabkin

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 40.00

    Seventeen wide-ranging essays explore the evolving scientific understanding of Mars, and the relationship between that understanding and the role of Mars in literature, the arts and popular culture. Essays in the first section examine different approaches to Mars by scientists and writers Jules Verne and J.H. Rosny. Section Two covers the uses of Mars... more...

  • Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeistby Aaron John Gulyas

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 40.00

    Since the 1950s, men and women around the world have claimed to have had contact with human-like visitors from space. This book explores how the "contactee" subculture has critiqued political, social and cultural trends in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Not merely quaint relics of the 1950s Atomic Age, contactees have continued... more...

  • Current Aspects of Exobiologyby G. Mamikunian; M. H. Briggs

    Elsevier Science 2013; US$ 72.95

    Current Aspects of Exobiology covers the philosophical aspects, scientific approach, and related research problems in exobiology. Most of the chapters are presented at the Current Research in Exobiology Symposium, held at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on February 26-28, 1963. This book is composed of 10 chapters and begins with an overview of the... more...