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Strangers in the Night

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Strangers in the Night: A Brief History of Life on Other Worlds
xii, 348 pp. Every one of us with an ounce of imagination has wondered, at least once or twice, whether or not living things make their homes... up there. Life on other planets is simply too compelling a subject to let go, and so we spend hundreds of millions of dollars looking for its traces. This search has been documented by the father-son team of cosmochemist David E. Fisher and writer Marshall Jon Fisher with Strangers in the Night, a clever, scientifically rigorous look at the evidence and the explorers hoping to answer the question "Does intelligent life exist elsewhere (or anywhere) in the universe?" From the lunar canals "discovered" by Schiaperelli in the 19th century to SETI to the Martian meteorite, the Fishers paint a picture of scientists struggling with the excitements and disappointments inherent to their work. Forced to draw inferences from the barest traces of indirect evidence, researchers from fields as diverse as oceanography, cosmology, and microbiology have banded together to develop the still-emerging discipline of exobiology. With a fair and competent assessment of the evidence, Strangers in the Night tells us that, though the answer to the question "are we alone?" is still elusive, we are coming ever closer and may just know for sure before long. Keep watching the skies! --Rob LightnerKeywords: STRANGERS IN NIGHT BRIEF HISTORY LIFE ON OTHER WORLDS SCIENCE NATURE BIOLOGY UNIVERSE PLANETS ASTRONOMY


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September 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: Strangers in the Night: A Brief History of Life on Other Worlds (Cornelia & Michael Bessie Series)
Author(s): David E Fisher, Marshall Jon Fisher
ISBN: 1-887178-87-2 / 978-1-887178-87-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Counterpoint / Perseus Books
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