Aliens, Interstellar Life and Science

By pjain      Published July 11, 2021, 12:52 a.m. in blog Programming   

Science about Life and Aliens

Life in Universe

ET Biology

Interstellar Life formulae

Fermi Paradox

There may be millions of life supporting planets out there, and some may be much more advanced than us mere earthlings and have produced whiz-bang technology that allows them to break the laws of physics as we think we know them.

  • Stephen Webb If the universe is teeming with aliens...where is everybody?: fifty solutions to the Fermi paradox and the problem of extraterrestrial life 2002

Drake Equation

  • Douglas A. Vakoch, Matthew F. Dowd, Frank Drake = The Drake Equation: Estimating the Prevalence of Extraterrestrial Life Through the Ages

r Astro Biology

  • dn ‘Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,’ by Avi Loeb (2021) about Oumuamua asteroid theorized could well be the product of an alien civilization.

  • dn Arik Kershenbaum, The Zoologist’s Guide to the Galaxy: What Animals on Earth Reveal About Aliens — and Ourselves 2021. Book makes some surprising conclusions based on Darwinian selection would be at work in any life form — and alien evolution will probably follow the path of our own, limiting the menu of possibilities. For one thing, he thinks they’ll be bilaterally symmetrical, like us, with two eyes or two legs — or maybe two antennae.

  • dn Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee, Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe, 2000 Two prominent scientists, argue that it’s highly unlikely that the conditions that led to life on Earth can exist elsewhere. Using research from the fields of astronomy, geology and paleontology, they point to the Earth’s composition and stability as being extremely rare. As an article in The Times assessing the book’s argument put it, “Most everywhere else, the radiation levels are too high, the right chemical elements too rare in abundance, the hospitable planets too few in number and the rain of killer rocks too intense for life ever to have evolved into advanced communities.” Phew!

  • Michael Ashkenazi What We Know About Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Foundations of Xenology 2017

  • David Duner, The History and Philosophy of Astrobiology: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life and the Human Mind 2013

  • J. Woods Halley (auth.) SpringerBriefs in Astronomy How Likely is Extraterrestrial Life? 2012

  • Jack Cohen Ian Stewart What Does a Martian Look Like? The Science of Extraterrestrial Life 2002

  • Joseph Seckbach, Maud Walsh Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology From Fossils to Astrobiology: Records of Life on Earth and Search for Extraterrestrial Biosignatures 2008

  • Jeffrey Bennett Beyond UFOs: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Its Astonishing Implications for Our Future 2008

  • David W. Koerner, Simon LeVay Here Be Dragons: The Scientific Quest for Extraterrestrial Life 2000

  • Lyssa Royal, Keith Priest Visitors From Within, 2e: Extraterrestrial Encounters and Species Evolution 1999

  • Robert A. Freitas Jr. Xenology - An Introduction to the Scientific Study of Extraterrestrial Life Inteliggence and Civilization 1979

  • Akihiko Yamagishi, Takeshi Kakegawa, Tomohiro Usui Astrobiology: From the Origins of Life to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 2019

Search for and Listening to ET


  • H. Paul Shuch The Frontiers Collection Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: SETI Past, Present, and Future 2011

  • John Traphagan Extraterrestrial Intelligence and Human Imagination: SETI at the Intersection of Science, Religion, and Culture 2015

Language of ETs

  • Daniel Oberhaus Extraterrestrial Languages MIT Press 2019
  • Lucas Ellerbroek, Andy Brown Planet Hunters: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life 2017

  • Seth Shostak Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 2009

‘Aliens: The World’s Leading Scientists on the Search for Extraterrestrial Life,’ edited by Jim Al-Khalili (2017) This collection, edited by Al-Khalili, a quantum physicist, gathers experts who have looked up at the night sky and pondered the question: Where is everybody? The consensus is that aliens will look and act nothing like the way we imagine them in the movies. As the astrophysicist Martin Rees explains in his essay, we will most likely encounter some kind of machine intelligence rather than actual beings. They might even be speaking to us now, though we aren't equipped to understand them.

  • Keith Cooper, The Contact Paradox: Challenging our Assumptions in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 9781472960443 Bloomsbury Publishing 2019

  • Freeman H. Quimby Concepts for Detection of Extraterrestrial Life, NASA SP-56 1964

  • John Billingham and Rudolf Pešek (Eds.) Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence 1979

  • Joseph A. Angelo, Jr. The Extraterrestrial Encyclopedia - Our Search for Life in Outer Space 1985

  • Stuart Kallen The Search for Extraterrestrial Life 2012

Space Missions --- xfr ---

Humans Adapting to Space

  • Elizabeth Song Lockard, Human Migration to Space: Alternative Technological Approaches for Long-Term Adaptation to Extraterrestrial Environments 2014

  • Gibson, Dirk C Terrestrial and extraterrestrial space dangers : outer space perils, rocket risks and the health consequences of the space environment 2015

Life Support, Recycling in Space

  • Erik Seedhouse, Handbook of Life Support Systems for Spacecraft and Extraterrestrial Habitats


  • Donald Rapp Use of Extraterrestrial Resources for Human Space Missions to Moon or Mars 2013

Geology of ETs, Alien Worlds --- xfr ---

Planetary Systems

  • Asit B. Bhattacharya, Jeffrey M. Lichtman Solar planetary systems: stardust to terrestrial and extraterrestrial planetary sciences 2017

  • Goldsmith, Donald Exoplanets: hidden worlds and the quest for extraterrestrial life, Harvard UniversityPress 2018


  • Daniel Harlov, Hakon Austrheim Lecture Notes in Earth System Sciences Metasomatism and the Chemical Transformation of Rock: The Role of Fluids in Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Processes 2013

Donald E. Brownlee, Accretion of Extraterrestrial Matter Throughout Earth’s History 2001

History, Aliens Archaeology -- xfr --

Human Origin Myths and Futures

  • dn Will Hart The Genesis Race: Our Extraterrestrial DNA and the True Origins of the Species 2003

  • dn Bruce R. Fenton; Daniella Fenton, Exogenesis: Hybrid Humans: A Scientific History of Extraterrestrial Genetic Manipulation 2020

  • dn Ida M. Kannenberg Project Earth from the Extraterrestrial Perspective: Mind and Species 2014

  • dn Maurice Chatelain Our Ancestors Came from Outer Space: A NASA Expert confirms Mankind's Extraterrestrial Origins Doubleday 1978

ET Opinion, Philosophy

  • Isaac Asimov Extraterrestrial Civilizations

Myths, Forbidden Archaeology

  • J Douglas Kenyon Forbidden history : prehistoric technologies, extraterrestrial intervention, and the suppressed origins of civilization 2005

  • Lynn Picknett The Stargate Conspiracy: The Truth about Extraterrestrial life and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt 2001

Alien Invasions


  • W.H. Mumfrey The Alien Invasion Survival Handbook: A Defense Manual for the Coming Extraterrestrial Apocalypse 2009

Space Politics, Law ---XFR---


  • Virgiliu Pop -Who Owns the Moon?: Extraterrestrial Aspects of Land and Mineral Resources Ownership 2008


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