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  • Published: 27 February 2007
  • ISBN: 9780143038498
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $24.99

Life as We Do Not Know It

The NASA Search for (and Synthesis of) Alien Life



An engrossing and revelatory first look at the search for alien life—on Earth and beyond For the past twenty years, Peter Ward has been at the forefront of popular science writing, with books such as the influential and controversial Rare Earth. In Life as We Do Not Know It, Ward, with his signature blend of eloquence, humor, and learned insight, vividly details the latest scientific findings, cutting-edge research, and intrepid new theories on the subject of alien life and the possible extraterrestrial origins of life on Earth. In lucid, entertaining, and bold prose, Peter Ward once again challenges our notions of life on earth (and beyond).

  • Published: 27 February 2007
  • ISBN: 9780143038498
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Peter Ward

Peter Ward was born in 1958 and grew up in different places all over the Far East, England and Germany. He has had a peripatetic career: before graduating from Leeds University with a degree in English, he earned his living as a swimming-pool attendant, hod carrier, joiner's mate, canteen assistant on a North Sea oil-rig, plumber's merchant store-picker in the US, van-driver, painter and decorator, antiques dealer and sales room assistant at Sotheby's in Bond Street. After graduating he worked in the media and communications industry and in the property services. He is now self-employed. He lives with his wife, daughter and two sons in Putney, south-west London. Dragon Horse is his first novel.

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Praise for Life as We Do Not Know It

A fascinating guided tour . . . [Ward’s] comfortable style delivers ample doses of personal warmth and humor along with a wealth of information and dazzling speculation. (The Seattle Times)

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