Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious)

Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious)

In the vein of Randall Munroe's What If? meets Brian Green's Elegant Universe, a writer from Space.com leads readers on a wild ride of exploration into the final frontier, investigating what's really "out there." We've all asked ourselves the question. It's impossible to look up at the stars and NOT think about it: Are we alone in the universe? Books, movies and television In the vein of Randall Munroe's What If? meets Brian Green's Elegant Universe, a writer from Space.com leads readers on ...

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Title:Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious)
Author:Michael Wall
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Genres:Science
ISBN:1538729377
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Out There: A Scientific Guide to Alien Life, Antimatter, and Human Space Travel (For the Cosmically Curious) Reviews

  • Sean
    Feb 07, 2019
    Three point five stars. Amusing, breezy, with enough brain candy to keep you engaged. Per Wall: life elsewhere? Probably. Intelligent life? Probably. Will we become robots? Probably, unless we commit collective suicide. Lots more besides, but those are my main takeaways. Contra Wall...
  • Brandie
    Dec 06, 2018
    ***I won this book from the Publisher via a Goodreads Giveaway*** Interesting read (mostly) on the search for alien life (mostly microbes and such, not little green men or the Greys!), (some) on human space travel, and just a little on Antimatter. Beautifully done book jacket! I lov...
  • K
    Jan 18, 2019
    Meh... I just found it on a stroll through the library, when I was looking for something not in my usual repertoire. Good overall review of the current state of space exploration. I appreciate that the author wanted to make it light, but could have done without the "cheeky" comments. ...
  • Sameh
    Dec 07, 2018
    Informative, based on scientific research and real observations, not speculations and guessing. ...
  • Elmwoodblues
    Dec 21, 2018
    More like 2.5 stars. A decent, for-the-novice look at alien life possibilities and future human space travel. A chilling, presumptive look at October 12, 1492, (Chapter 11: 'Will Aliens Kill Us All?') gave me great pause, and addressed the issue in a way I've not encountered before....
  • Sherri
    Feb 03, 2019
    3.5. easy reading, interesting topic and some hilarious asides added that made it feel like I was having a chat, not being lectured. (Of course, that could also be off-putting) ...
  • Barb
    Jan 26, 2019
    Wow. What a wild ride. I tend to battle with myself when it comes to nonfiction. I have trouble with a lot of the writing because, though the topic is always interesting, the writing can be sub-par, unorganized, un-engaging, too scientific, dry, and frankly- boring. I have only come...
  • Jim Ogle
    Jan 28, 2019
    I was surprised by how the writing was both accessible and interesting. I really enjoyed it. The narrator was awesome! ...
  • Aram
    Jan 23, 2019
    I tried to finish this book, but the "humor" was just too annoying. Maybe if you are a twelve year old, then you'd find this useful and interesting. There are just too many silly and tub to be cute comments constantly. For example he writes about again and how, sooner or later, they ca...
  • D.L. Morrese
    Jan 08, 2019
    A brief and superficial, but quite entertaining overview of current ideas about the potential for alien life and humanity's ability to find it. ...
  • Kirsten
    Oct 20, 2018
    Some interesting thoughts - I could have done without most of the illustrations (although some made me giggle). A decent, if brief overview of space science up to present day. ...
  • Kend
    Dec 31, 2018
    It's sharp, it's irreverent, it includes weird little drawings--what more could you want out of life or a book about aliens? Wall, who cut his teeth on writing public sci-comm articles for Space.com, rolls out his extensive knowledge and quotes his more specifically knowledgeable compa...
  • Bill Holmes
    Dec 31, 2018
    This is an entertaining, light weight survey of the search for other life in the universe and the prospects that humans or their progeny will leave this planet (or this time). If you are familiar with SETI, exobiology or the search for exoplanets, this book will seem pretty basic, albe...
  • Karrie
    Jan 28, 2019
    Conversational in tone, there are some fun and exploratory moments that would appeal to a casual reader, either adult or young adult, that pose some of the more complicated ideals science has offered to explain alien or extraterrestrial life. Exploring some of the more "outlandish"...
  • Darnell
    Jan 27, 2019
    Good subject matter, but too breezy and jokey for my taste. ...
  • Laurence
    Feb 11, 2019
    A light introduction to a number of space related topics. ...
  • Jeff
    Jan 09, 2019
    Lots of new information regarding old info and new. and 'what's next'? Very upbeat... ...
  • Will M.
    Jan 09, 2019
    Unfortunately I didn't really gain anything new from this novel. Everything that was tackled here I've already read somewhere else and it's more of questions than answers really. This novel isn't bad, it's just unfortunate that I already read a bunch of books like this before and those...
  • dana
    Jan 12, 2019
    what a fascinating universe! aren't you glad you live here? sooo so good!!! one of the best books i've read on the subject. we truly live in a remarkable time, settled right here on the very precipice of the second space age. wall is accessible, hilarious, and unbelievably smart -- ...
  • Lester Cockram
    Dec 07, 2018
    An excellent fun, easy to read science book covering Astro Physics and biology. Really like the authors style in using learned HS science skills to unlock secrets of the universe. Should be required reading of all first year science majors. ...
  • AuriferousBooksConsumed
    Jan 15, 2019
    If you want a book that will fill you head with wonderful ideas about aliens and exploring space, this is the book for you. The ideas are realistic and helpful for us humans in understanding how aliens would react to us and how we would react to them, or just the idea of finding them...
  • Noah Goats
    Feb 06, 2019
    I thought this book was a lot of fun. Out There speculates about what alien life might be like and how and where we might find it. Wall is a good guide to take us through these questions. He doesn't believe aliens have been to our planet yet (although, as he points out, if they came 60...
  • Linda Donohue
    Dec 11, 2018
    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. I was delighted the book was coming my way as it seems I have been doing some reading about UFO's and the Roswell incident. There is some speculation that the next coming of Christ will be from space, and the Catholic Church has a number of...
  • Jim
    Nov 23, 2018
    I won this book on Goodreads. Some interesting topics are discussed in this book which is based on science rather than just pure speculation. I was hoping for more though, I am not sure what I was hoping to read or take away from this book but I felt the book was lacking in some way. T...
  • Thomas Mihalich
    Dec 26, 2018
    The last time I grabbed one of these thin pocket science books, it was Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. This book was slightly less informative than that one (Michael Wall is not a physicist; he's a biologist and most of his space-related work involves contribu...
  • Conor
    Dec 25, 2018
    This cheeky little book attempts to digest all of the speculative and predictive thought about aliens, space travel, time travel, and tropes of sci-fi generally. For a dilettante like me without any background in physics or the hard sciences, it was the perfect level of detail, and the...
  • Mike He
    Dec 03, 2018
    While many new and emerging questions about the outer space and human relationship with it still remain unanswered, guesstimated or far from being appropriately explained, "Out There" captures years of the mankind's relentless efforts and accomplishments in understanding and exploring ...
  • Liam Owen
    Jan 21, 2019
    Pretty entertaining and entry level guide to the possibility of extra terrestrial life ...
  • Irie Parker
    Jan 30, 2019
    Fascinating mind blowing ideas about everything from genetics to time travel! 100% recommend it. ...
  • Raymond Tussing
    Dec 15, 2018
    Good easy and quick read. Informative and surprisingly up to date (Dec 2018), example: topic of Oumuamua). Equally humorous and informative. Good for a person with a non science background. ...