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Extraterrestrial Civilizations Paperback – May 12, 1980
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Stephen Webb's Fifty solutions to Fermi's Paradox.
I suspect Isaac's book here has gone into the history's dustbin because it say's what most people interested in E.T's don't want to hear; there's not that many out there!
Keep in mind he wrote this 25 years ago.
Now scientists have discovered "earth-like" planets as he predicted. Maybe in another 25 years we will finally find a "message" or other signs of an intelligent species out there.
It would have been wonderful if Issac has been around to see how the Hubble Space Telescope, more recent flybys of the various planets, and how high-speed computing and digital signal processing have greatly advanced the fields of astrophysics & astronomy, not to mention non-terran planetology ... alas, such was not to be.
It's very enjoyable reading. It's fun, and nostalgic at times, to see him write about the scientific principles that some of his earlier works of fiction depended upon ... like how many stars are visible to the naked eye, against the backdrop of a classic novel like "Nightfall". It's also wonderful to watch as Asimov arrives at various conclusions, and how well they've held up in the face of additional advances after his death, and at how other things are a bit off (his mass-driven guestimate of the number of stars in the milky way, and in other galaxies, are a bit off, due to the confirmation of the existence of black holes, both here and elsewhere).
Very enjoyable, and recommended. This is exactly the sort of book that more modern science popularists, like superstring theorist Brian Green, probably cut their teeth on ... they're continuing in the footsteps of others before them - like Issac Asimov.
I do have one nit however ... the title is a bit of a misnomer.Read more ›
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Although this book was written some time ago, it does indeed cover all of the bases related to the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligent life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ATL_Historian
I read this book a few years after it came out. I guess that's over 30 years ago, though I don't recall exactly. My review is based on what I remember. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thomas M. Sipos
Excellent and lucid writing. The concept of free worlds reminds one of the Rama series by Arthur C Clarke. Same thoughts, same concepts. Read morePublished 12 months ago by RockBAAZ
I love Asimov but the title and front cover are misleading. I was expecting something like Last and First Men. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J.M.
As this book was written at the beginning of man's first adventures in space, a lot of history and science and exploration have only added to the logic Isaac has used. Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by R J Crymes
This is the first nonfiction book I have read by the grand master of sci-fi. I saw him speak a long time ago at Youngstown State, about the same time this book was written. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Miona E Jansen