Synopses & Reviews
Aliens are big in America. Whether theyve arrived via rocket, flying saucer, or plain old teleportation, theyve been invading, infiltrating, or inspiring us for decades, and theyve fascinated moviegoers and television watchers for more than fifty years. About half of us believe that aliens really exist, and millions are convinced theyve visited Earth.
For twenty-five years, SETI has been looking for the proof, and as the programs senior astronomer, Seth Shostak explains in this engrossing book, its entirely possible that before long conclusive evidence will be found.
His informative, entertaining report offers an insiders view of what we might realistically expect to discover light-years away among the stars. Neither humanoids nor monsters, says Shostak; in fact, biological intelligence is probably just a precursor to machine beings, enormously advanced artificial sentients whose capabilities and accomplishments may have developed over billions of years and far exceed our own.
As he explores what, if anything, they would tell us and what their existence would portend for humankind and the cosmos, he introduces a colorful cast of characters and provides a vivid, state-of-the-art account of the past, present, and future of our search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
About the Author
Seth Shostak is a scientist, author, and frequent commentator on TV and radio. He writes a monthly column on SPACE.com, and often lectures on his work at SETI. He lives in Palo Alto, California.