Are We Alone?: Scientists Search for Life in Space


Could there really be life beyond Earth? Readers visit scientists the world over who ambitiously seek to answer that question. Through a combination of captivating narrative and scientific facts, author Gloria Skurzynski skillfully demonstrates how the quest for extraterrestrial life is real, widespread, and growing.

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Could there really be life beyond Earth? Readers visit scientists the world over who ambitiously seek to answer that question. Through a combination of captivating narrative and scientific facts, author Gloria Skurzynski skillfully demonstrates how the quest for extraterrestrial life is real, widespread, and growing.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Is anybody out there? How is life on other planets different from ours? This well researched, nonfiction text attempts to answer these questions for middle and high school readers. Topics covered in the text include flying saucers, extraterrestrial civilizations, and the high tech telescopes that must be in place for scientists to explore life on other planets. The second part of the book explores topics such as; what creates life on other planets, along with how that life influences our planet. Although the science words are often unfamiliar, readers will find the definitions included with the text and some of the more difficult words located in the glossary. The book is perfect for middle and high school science classrooms and libraries. Students will enjoy the in depth look at other planets and the possibilities of life beyond ours. 2004, National Geographic Society, Ages 13 to 18.
—Mindy Hardwick
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-The age-old question in this title is answered here in a scientific and satisfying manner. Reports of UFOs, alien crashes, and crop circles are not ignored, but a healthy skepticism is encouraged. The chapters that follow describe the efforts modern scientists are making to find, identify, and communicate with life on other planets. Studies and experiments being conducted to discover exactly what conditions are absolutely necessary for life to arise are also presented as part of the overall investigation. Considerable attention is given to existing and planned means of detecting life and intelligent beings. The interconnectedness of the many scientific disciplines discussed is made clear. The well-presented text and beautifully designed format make the book interesting as well as entertaining. A full-page, full-bleed color photograph or illustration faces each new chapter beginning. A generous number of additional color photographs and illustrations appear throughout. Sidebars profile scientists working with SETI's Phoenix Project as well as other scientific and educational agencies. Their own words invariably express the lifelong passion they feel for their work, and their specific endeavors are described in the main text. Enticing works on aliens, UFOs, and alien abductions abound. There are also some excellent books with a narrower focus such as Ellen Jackson's Looking for Life in the Universe (Houghton, 2002), which concentrates on Jill Tarter, head of the Phoenix Project. No other title on this topic weaves together the work of so many disciplines so seamlessly.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792265672
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,271,069
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Gloria Skurzynski has written more than 30 children’s books. Her nonfiction book, Almost the Real Thing, won the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. She has written several nonfiction books for National Geographic including Are We Alone, an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Young People and an IRA/CBC Young Adults’ Choice for 2006. She lives in Boise, ID. Visit Gloria Skurzynski at her Web site:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    Are We Alone?

    This is a great informative read that really gets you thinking. Please remember though that Extraterrestrial life is probably nothing like E.T. from the movie. It could manifest in many forms, even single-celled organisms. Great for fans of Dr. Jill Tarter and her works, as well as for those interested in SETI.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    I Don't Think We Are

    I am an alien book lover. I have strong feelings of E.T.'s really existing. I do not feel that what people say about being abducted, crop circles, and/or UFO's is a joke. I really want to get this book. I just had to come here and type my feelings about aliens.

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