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Sharing the Universe: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life

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For nearly five billion years, Earth has spun about the Sun untouched by the universe beyond. But as the 21st century of isolation is likely to burst. This book considers what present-day science can say about the nature of cosmic company. With what kind of neighbors will we share the universe?
Paperback, 206 pages
Published January 1998 by Berkeley Hills Books
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Nick Allen
Nov 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I never knew my great-grandfather all that well. When I was young, he was already in his 90s, and had settled down in California, far from my midwestern home. After his death, at the miraculous age of 102, few memories of him remained with me. I learned more about him through the impressions he made on my relatives and the stories they told about him than I ever did in my own personal experience.

I was intrigued then, upon discovering Sharing The Universe in a pile of books in my childhood home,
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Joel
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
For a book of reasonable brevity Seth Shostak convinces even the most skeptical reader that yes, there is probably intelligent life on earth, and yes we are not alone. Considering the age of this book now- it almost gives a slightly disingenuous or cynical view of the possibilities of E.T...

In one sweep of the broom Seth cleans all UFO, crop circle, and similar Alien tom foolery safely into the dust pile- and it seems the author has a way with words appropriate for the context of the novel. Anal
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Daniel Pasternak
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wasn't a bad read, there were definitely some interesting parts that made me think hard about the universe and it's size but the author is very opinionated and when I was craving for more scientific facts about the cosmos he stops and gives an opinion on extraterrestrial life.
Lou
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
A well written expose from an astrophysicist about the scientific Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and how Hollywood has shaped public opinion for better and (mostly) worse.
Dean Morris
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Too many unsupported hand-waving assumptions.
Don
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
author seems to have a chip on his shoulder
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