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Life beyond Earth: The Intelligent Earthling's Guide to Life in the Universe

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List of Figures
List of Plates
Authors' Note About Units & Notation
Life in the universe
The architecture of life; Fable 1; Earth's biosphere and what it eats; How Earthlife evolved; Fable 2; The origin of Earthlife: an unsolved problem
What is life?; Conditions for life
Life beyond Earth
Chemical life; Mars; Fable 3; Life on small, cool objects; Ho
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published January 28th 1980 by William Morrow & Co. (NY) (first published 1977)
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Andrew Breslin
Oct 18, 2010 Andrew Breslin rated it liked it
This book provided a lot of interesting ideas about the possibilities for life in the universe. But I couldn't help but be reminded of a song parody about Star Trek featuring the voice of Spock saying "It's life, Jim, but not as we know it." Because this intellectual exploration primarily addresses the possible existence of life forms that are far removed from what we think of as life. Entities that exist on the surface of stars themselves, for example, composed of plasma, preserving and replica ...more
Arthur Hinds
Nov 12, 2012 Arthur Hinds rated it it was amazing
Even though some of the science in this book may be dated, the intellectual exercises here are still of great value. The wonderful variety of life possibilities are explored and the reader is forced to abandon preconceptions. Great read for the inquisitive mind.
Jan 16, 2010 Nathan rated it it was amazing
This book is explains the possible variations of life on other planets, covering even more exotic forms such as lifeforms living in nebulas or stars. While its scientific explanations are simplistic, it was highly entertaining, informatative and inspiring for me as a child.
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