Sunday, March 02, 2008

Evolution of life and stories about alien biologies

Welcome! “Alien Life” tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. You may notice that this and future entries are shorter than usual; career, family and book deal commitments have forced me to cut back some of my projects. Now, here’s today’s news:
g Life - Book alert: “Astrobiology: Origins from the Big-bang to Civilisation”, by Julián Chela Flores, Guillermo A. Lemarchand and John Oró, concerns the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the universe. It discusses the transition from inert matter to cellular life and its evolution to fully developed intelligent lifeforms on Earth.
g Message - Quote of the Day: “The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me!” – Blaise Pascal
g Imagining - Like stories about alien biologies/environments? Be sure to scour your favorite used bookstores for any of these fine novels by James White: "Hospital Station" (1962), "Star Surgeon" (1963), "Ambulance Ship" (1979), "Sector General" (1983) and "Code Blue–Emergency" (1987).

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