Is Anybody Out There?: The Search for Life Beyond Our Planet...

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Does intelligent life exist beyond our planet? This is the big question that everyone wants answered as we approach the millennium. In this mind-stretching new book, award-winning science writers Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest take readers on a gripping journey of discovery to find out. 48 pp. Ages 8 and up. Pub: 3/98.

Explores the possibility of life on other planets from both scientific and mythological perspectives.

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Overview

Does intelligent life exist beyond our planet? This is the big question that everyone wants answered as we approach the millennium. In this mind-stretching new book, award-winning science writers Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest take readers on a gripping journey of discovery to find out. 48 pp. Ages 8 and up. Pub: 3/98.

Explores the possibility of life on other planets from both scientific and mythological perspectives.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Opening with a recap of aliens as depicted in science fiction movies, the authors move to an explanation of the origins of life. Then readers open a four-page spread featuring the Drake equation-the alien calculator. It is a method for guessing the number of potential civilizations in the Universe. The speculation on the variety of life forms and current and past searches for extraterrestrial intelligence and what should happen on first contact make up the balance of this intriguing and thought provoking book. There is a glossary and index. Also in this trilogy are Black Holes and Big Bang.
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Gr 4-6-Seventeen short chapters filled with full-color drawings and photographs take readers from a discussion of the evolution of life on Earth to Project SETI, with stops along the way to speculate on the form extraterrestrial life might take. The text consists primarily of a series of disjointed captions for the numerous illustrations, making it difficult to glean any solid information from the presentation. The discussion of life on the planet "Peg" and its moon is not clearly labeled as speculation, and the unwary may easily be misled. The DK signature format is a popular one, but both researchers and browsers will be much better served by titles such as Dennis Fradin's Searching for Alien Life (21st Century Bks., 1997) and Isaac Asimov's Aliens and Extraterrestrials (Gareth Stevens, 1995), which present a lot more information in a less-glitzy format.-Elaine Fort Weischedel, Turner Free Library, Randolph, MA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789427984
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 12.34 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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