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

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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 shows proliferate that attempt to answer this question and explore it. In OUT THERE senior writer Dr. Michael Wall treats that question as merely the beginning, touching off a wild ride of exploration i ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
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Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Informative, based on scientific research and real observations, not speculations and guessing.
Will M.
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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 were more in depth.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 humor sped things along apace. Really enjoyed this very quick read.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 -- i absolutely devoured this book. i highly highly highly recommend it to anyone interested in mankind's inevitable future as a space-exploring species. we have so much to look forward to!
Lester Cockram
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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***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 love the touch of DOS green.

Wall lightens up the whole book with humor. I haven't read any of his articles on but I'd say the humor and the style are probably similar. That being said, I think most of the inform
Thomas Mihalich
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 contributions to SETI and the website.) but I will say it was more entertaining.

Out There mostly involves postulations involving what alien life could look like based on what we know about biochemistry, how likel
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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 through our technology. One idea presented, that I enjoy very much, is that ET would most likely leave us alone. This is because if they have the power to visit us than that means they already know about us. They al
Linda Donohue
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 telescope and astronomers on the payroll. The book was informative about a number of aspects about space and the current and future space probe travel and resettling on another planet. At the beginning of the book ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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, rolls out his extensive knowledge and quotes his more specifically knowledgeable compatriots in astrophysics, SETI, and other related fields. It's a quick read, and probably the perfect book to bridge teen readers from Contact to more intensive nonfiction science reads. It fits beautifully on a book ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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. There are some references to science fiction movies and TV shows throughout the book, and for those who haven't viewed them may be at a loss. I haven't seen them all so some of the reference points didn't register w ...more
Bill Holmes
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: astrobiology
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, albeit fun. Perfect for someone new to the topics who is looking for a high-level overview leavened with a bit of humor. The book includes a short bibliography and plenty of references to weightier tomes.
Mike He
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 the cosmos, leading the reader with insights and logical thinking toward future scientific research and exploration endeavors.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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. However, the ratio of science to trendy humor ultimately grated.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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.
D.L. Morrese
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A brief and superficial, but quite entertaining overview of current ideas about the potential for alien life and humanity's ability to find it.
Raymond Tussing
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.
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Liam Owen
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty entertaining and entry level guide to the possibility of extra terrestrial life
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of new information regarding old info and new. and 'what's next'?
Very upbeat...
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Michael Wall is a former Chief Press Secretary for the New Zealand Government. He has also worked in the Office of the Prime Minister, under the administration of Sir Robert Muldoon.

He now lives at Te Ore Ore in the Wairarapa where he writes and breeds sports horses. He has written a series of thriller novels, including Museum Street, Friendly Fire, The Cassino Legacy, The Temptations of Frederick