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"I know that my students and I will enjoy consulting this book in the years to come for its coverage, enjoyable style and background material." Nature
"Aimed at the scientifically knowledgeable, as well as those with a basic knowledge of biology, the volume is packed with information for all levels of general audiences and for high school and college students. With an extensive bibliography and glossary of terms, the book can be used effectively as a teaching aid. The fascinating account of the seemingly impossible places where life is possible and the speculations on the origin of life and extraterrestrial life make this book compelling reading." Science Books and Films
"Interesting discussion on what these organisms can tell us about the origins of life and the possibilities of finding life on other planets." Northeastern Naturalist
"A fascinating biological study." Paper Clips
Preface; 1. Introduction: extreme life; 2. Be it ever so humble …; 3. Life without water; 4. The hot club; 5. Cold Lazarus; 6. More tough choices; 7. 'It's life, Jim, but not as we know it!'; 8. An extreme biology; Bibliography; Glossary; Index.