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Whether or not you believe in life on other planets, the artist's renditions of creatures such as Cheelas, Mesklinites, and Radiates from SF novels, as well as mathematical "alien messages" to decipher, are a real treat. (Here's an easy one: "Aliens are waiting for humanity to replace the question mark with the next value in the sequence before they will consider us worthy for further communication: 77, 49, 36, 18, ?") He also raises interesting issues; for example, what form would art take for creatures sensitive to smells or heat rather than light? To top it off, Pickover includes examples of potential interplanetary humor taboos: "Don't make puns around Scolexes because it outrages their sense of linguistic symmetry, which they've fought holy wars over." SF fans will enjoy this entertaining and thought-provoking book. --C.B. Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fun, but not much to it. If you are looking for science, look elsewherePublished 9 months ago by robert
This book is a very nice overview of extraterrestrials; just about anything alien is covered here: whether or not they exist; how they might look & think; whether they can be... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thomas C. Fletcher
If you are tired of the same old alien characters who are really just dressed up humans with the same set of morals and basic idealogies, this book will help you realise the vast... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Carl Jenkins
Some of the ideas are a bit crazy but the analysis of how to really build an alien species is important for writers.Published 21 months ago by Chad
I enjoyed this very creatively written book for it's exploration of the unknown as well as known aliens, i.e. Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by J. S. Harbour
A balance of conceptual investigations, terrestrial precedents, and fictional examples make this book a rare treat. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by E. Black
The author gives an overview about many aproaches that our present science can foreseen about aliens, including aliens science, sociology, sex, civilization and existence. Read morePublished on August 3, 2005 by Paulo F. V. Amaral
Clifford Pickover covers a lot of bases. He explores the different kinds of creatures on Earth and suggests that aliens might take similar routes. Read morePublished on April 3, 2005 by CT
? = 8
The product of the two digits equals the next number.
7 x 7 = 49; 4 x 9 = 36; 3 x 6 = 18; 1 x 8 = 8.