Alien Encounter: A Scientific Novel by Dirk Schulze-Makuch

By Dirk Schulze-Makuch

It has been approximately a hundred years because the Apollo moon landings, while Jack and Vladimir, astronauts on a undertaking to Venus, find a mysterious void regarding indigenous existence on this planet. therefore extra voids are detected in the world, Mars, Titan, and, fairly ominously, inside of a planetoid rising from the Kuiper belt.

Jack is distributed to enquire the voids within the sunlight process and intercept the planetoid - which, as turns into more and more transparent, is inhabited by means of alien existence kinds. Jack and his staff can have little time to appreciate their alien biochemistry, skills, habit styles, resilience, and expertise, but additionally how those lifestyles kinds relate to the voids.

Humankind's first come upon with those unique existence kinds could not be extra fateful, changing into a race opposed to time to save lots of existence on the earth and to bare the genuine nature of the voids, which appear to be intrinsically concerning existence and the universe itself. during this novel, the writer combines many subject matters concerning state of the art examine within the box of astrobiology with fictional parts to supply an exciting web page turner.

This new edition considerably develops the astrobiological denouement of the plot and lines an in depth non-technical appendix the place the underlying technology is gifted and discussed.

From the reports of the 1st version (Voids of Eternity: Alien Encounter)

Here's an exciting yarn within the top "hard SF" culture of Asimov, James Hogan, and Ben Bova, written through a scientist who is aware all concerning the probabilities of lifestyles within the sunlight approach and past. Dirk Schulze-Makuch weaves into his booklet the entire astrobiological issues he is labored on lately -- hypothesis approximately creatures within the surroundings of Venus and on and lower than the skin of Mars and Titan -- including a few well-informed japanese philosophy and a cracking strong house conflict. an excellent first novel from a emerging expertise. hugely steered. David Darling, on amazon.com, 2009

The learn pursuits of Dr. Schulze-Makuch, at the moment a professor at Washington nation college, specialise in evolutionary variation ideas of organisms of their traditional surroundings, fairly severe environments resembling discovered on different planetary our bodies. Dirk Schulze-Makuch is better identified for his guides on extraterrestrial lifestyles, being coauthor of 3 books at the subject: We are usually not by myself: Why we now have Already stumbled on Extraterrestrial Life (2010), Cosmic Biology: How lifestyles might Evolve on different Worlds (2010), and Life within the Universe: expectancies and Constraints (2004). In 2011 he released with Paul Davies A a method challenge to Mars: Colonizing the crimson Planet and in 2012 with David Darling Megacatastrophes! 9 unusual methods the area might End.

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No. They probably don’t know what to make of it. ” said Vladimir as he entered the control room. “We know what we saw and measured, and it will make a great paper in some really fine journal. ” They were all assembled in the control room for the telecon. Jack established contact with mission control. ” Fred greeted them. ” “Yes, great. All are in good health and spirits” Jack responded. Fred continued with some small talk, which started to annoy them. Jack finally interrupted Fred. ” “Very interesting,” Fred responded.

No questions,” Jack replied. He would be spending a great deal of time in the company of these people and wanted to have a healthy working relationship with them, even if he didn’t really want to be involved in their philosophies. His own primary goal was to get back into space as soon as possible and this mission required him to train in a way he had never before experienced. He would give it his all, even if he was skeptical of the practical benefits of the training. In a way he was excited to be experiencing something new.

Jack sat in the CCS module with Vladimir, Carmen, and Janine and went through their planned mission to the Venusian surface step by step. “You, Carmen and Janine, will have to take the number two shuttle that is anchored to the station: it’s usually reserved for emergencies. ” Janine asked. “We, ahem, had a technical problem a few days ago with the other shuttle and I’m afraid only Vladimir has a sensitive enough touch to get the controls un-jammed if that were to happen again. Carmen looked somewhat nervous, Jack could tell.

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