It might be a bit strange to write a book focusing on a question without an answer but that is precisely what author Lee Billings has done with his new book Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars. Billings, who spent several years researching the topic and interviewing leading experts in the search for extraterrestrial life profiles several personalities whose contributions have played key rolls in the ongoing search.

Tantor Audio have a sample MP3 available here.

PloS’s NeuroTribe blog has an interview with the author here.

Science and technology website Ars Technica has a detailed review.

The audiobook of this title can be placed on hold here.

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