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 senior 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 tele In the vein of Randall Munroe's What If? meets Brian Green's Elegant Universe, a senior writer from Space.com leads rea...

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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...
  • Donna
    Feb 25, 2019
    The first thing I noticed when cracking open Out There was that the typeface was twice as big as I'd expect, which is a big red flag for me when it comes to short nonfiction. And sure enough, the book involved way too much padding for my taste. It's written in a breezy, simplistic s...
  • 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...
  • Amanda
    Feb 26, 2019
    This was a quick and fun read. The author takes these subjects and tackles them with a large sense of humor. I already knew some of what was in the book, but also learned other things too. A good intro book for someone who is interested in the search for extraterrestrial life and futur...
  • Andrea
    Mar 02, 2019
    Due to it?s light tone and larger typeset, Out There can be a very informative introduction to the subject for budding enthusiasts and young readers. I didn?t learn a ton of new stuff, but I did enjoy the geeky humour and the intriguing bibliography. I?ll make sure to check out s...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ed Bernard
    Feb 25, 2019
    A hugely entertaining survey of the search for intelligent life in the universe, covering core concepts of astrobiology, the physics of space travel, SETI projects, the controversy over Mariner project?s discovery of possible evidence of life on Mars and much more. It?s all fascina...
  • 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...
  • Harry Steinmetz
    Feb 17, 2019
    A wonderful book. The near perfect combination of mind bending speculation, backed by the best science we know, and gentle reading for non-scientists. Wall is a terrific writer with lots of humorous asides that relate to our current lives. But his strength is relating complexity in ter...
  • 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. ...
  • Frederick Gault
    Mar 26, 2019
    A breezy quick read full of droll asides. Fun, quick, suitable for kids and young adults. ...
  • William Schram
    Apr 02, 2019
    Are we alone in the universe? It is a good question to ask. Given the size of the universe and the diversity of life on earth, it seems rather unusual for us to insist that we are the only intelligent beings. Out There is a measured, scientific look at Extraterrestrial Life and the imp...
  • 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. ...
  • John Lawchamp & LIT
    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...
  • Nicholas Smeaton
    Apr 02, 2019
    This book is a good overall of the current state of the search for extra-terrestrial life, including where it might be found in the solar system and where it might be found outside the solar system. While the author is clearly in favour of searching for extra-terrestrial life and intel...
  • 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...
  • jedioffsidetrap
    Feb 18, 2019
    A good intro for people new to thinking about alien life, but too pop-y & basic for my advanced level of comprehension & familiarity with the subject. Wink, wink, wink... ...
  • 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 ...
  • Nicholas Conrad
    Apr 16, 2019
    A competent survey of the history and current state of the explored concepts for a general audience, but doesn't bring anything new or interesting to established fans of space and science. Michael tries too hard to make sure there's a snarky joke or pop-culture reference every few sent...