This is one of my favorite books ever. I remember my father having this book back when I was born, 1981, same year as it was published. When I was younger I was into the imaginative drawings of the creatures that may crop in non-earth environments. These fond memories got me to search out the book and buy it as an adult. While the book may be outdated it is still fascinating and informative on evolution and what life may be possible in our universe. An easy winner of my Best Book Ever award.
Since there were no characters per say i would say how the author explained everything really added a easy view into what darwinism was. My favorite part of the book would have to be when life first started and DNA was first getting made with the deoxyribose and phosphate backbone and the base pairs getting made. the writing style was straight to the point and that really helped understand everything going on because there was nothing that had to be side explained to make to confusing. the novel moved a little quicker than most people would want but it goes back billions and billions of year to the big bang theory when (i believe) the universe started. i can make a connection because u believe in the big bang theory and how life started with the deoxyribose and phosphates.
gene bylinsky is my grandfather, he died in 2008 when i was 3. i didn't know him that much so all of my memories of my grandfather are in this book which i finished yesterday after seeing it on my dads bookshelf. there might be some bias in this review, and this might be note much to say, because if i was 3 in 2008 you can do the math to how old i am now, but this is one of the most interesting books i have ever read, and if i have to remember my grandpa by only this book, which i am pretty much already doing, it wont be the worse thing in the world.
A rather simplistic, and unavoidably outdated overview of evolutionary and earth history, setting up grounded speculation on some of the evolutionary paths alien life might be expected to take, and why technological intelligence is in no way inevitable. He makes a good argument against the likelihood of non-carbon biochemistries, but has an oddly fervent predilection towards tetrapodal chauvinism.
An excellent companion book for Civilized Life in the Universe by Basalla, and Extraterrestrial Civilizations by Asimov.
We start out with speculation on how real-life began in the universe and expand to speculation of what could have been and maybe.
Contents: Building Life’s Stage The Curtain Rises Conquest of the Land The Turns and Twists of Evolution on Earth Dictates of the Environment The Look of Life Ocean Kingdoms and the Insect Wolds Life beyond Darwin Future Man Planet Search Contact!
This is a good starter book but keep in mind the copyright is 1981 and concepts (even history) changes constantly.
A wonderful, extremely original book. Written in the early 80s, this book uses the continents (especially Australia) and their varied plant and wildlife as a sort of "microcosm" to imagine what life might be like on other planets. There is an old audio book out there somewhere, which has that sort of "transports you" quality.