Alien Hunter's Handbook: How To Look For Extra-Terrestrial Life

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Given the mind-bogglingly large number of other galaxies and planets in the Universe, odds are pretty good that we may have neighbors out there somewhere. The Alien Hunter's Handbook: How To Look For Extra-Terrestrial Life is a practical and entertaining introduction to the field of Astrobiology which shows readers how life evolved on planet Earth, and how to go about finding other forms of life in other parts of the Universe. Although this is a fun, quirky, and visually inventive approach to the search for ...

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Overview

Given the mind-bogglingly large number of other galaxies and planets in the Universe, odds are pretty good that we may have neighbors out there somewhere. The Alien Hunter's Handbook: How To Look For Extra-Terrestrial Life is a practical and entertaining introduction to the field of Astrobiology which shows readers how life evolved on planet Earth, and how to go about finding other forms of life in other parts of the Universe. Although this is a fun, quirky, and visually inventive approach to the search for aliens, it is entirely based on real facts and ongoing, international research, and is written by Mark Brake, a founding member of NASA's Astrobiology Institute. Through five easy-to-follow chapters, the reader will find out where to look for an alien habitat, how long aliens may have been in existence, what they might look like, how we might communicate with them, and whether they may have made contact with-or even visited-planet Earth.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The first step to finding extraterrestrial life? That would be understanding terrestrial life, according to Brake. A mix of science and speculation, the book opens with an overview of the defining characteristics of life and some of Earth’s remarkable creatures, such as the microscopic tardigrade, which can exist in the vacuum of space. Topics like the development of solar systems, the speed of evolution, and the formation of language also get attention, laying factual groundwork for suppositions about what alien life could look like. Creatures with all manner of tentacles and antennae populate the pages, creating a lively atmosphere (so to speak). Ages 9–up. Illustrators’ agents: (for Jack) Shannon Associates; (for Ford) the Art Agency. (Oct.)
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"A surprisingly thorough and accessible journey into the possibilities of life outside of planet Earth."

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Kirkus Reviews
A surprisingly thorough and accessible journey into the possibilities of life outside of planet Earth. It must be a marketing strategy, for both the title and the cover of Brake's book lead one to think this will be a jokester-ish foray into intergalactic bioweirdness. And the design--with its hot colors and snippets of text housed in tons of boxes and drawings of aliens with eyes on stalks or eyes like licorice Necco wafers--suggests whimsy or frivolity. But no, this is actually a fairly serious grounding in just what we understand it means to be alive--"life," after all, hasn't exactly been nailed down--and what that means when contemplating life in the great beyond. The information comes in bite-sized nuggets that can't go very deep, but it is arresting and runs between biology and astronomy. Each two-page topic tackles the importance of microbeasts or thoughts on the evolution of language or the composition of planets--some made of diamonds, others gas or rock or fire or ocean. There is a bit on the role of wobbly stars and the critical juncture of the Goldilocks Zone and the promising environment of red dwarfs. There is just a whole lot here on biology both terrestrial and astral, in language that is upbeat and concise and with artwork that is good fun. Sharp extraterrestrial inquiry--and a lesson in not judging a book by its cover. (Nonfiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753468852
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 948,572
  • Age range: 9 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK BRAKE is an author, broadcaster, and communicator of science. Once an academic, he now writes popular science books, and does science communication work in film, television, and radio on five continents, including work with NASA, Seattle’s Science Fiction Museum, and the BBC.

 

COLIN JACK lives in Toronto, and when he isn’t illustrating children’s books, he works as a Character Designer for various animated TV series, commercials, and video games.

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