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Life Beyond Us: An Original Anthology of SF Stories and Science Essays

By Mary Robinette Kowal & Peter Watts &
Life Beyond Us: An Original Anthology of SF Stories and Science Essays by Mary Robinette Kowal & Peter Watts &  digital book - Fable

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How would first contact—on earth, in space, on another planet—transform our understandings of technology, philosophy, and what it means to be human? What kind of cognitive dissonance would society experience, if we discovered a previously unrecognized sentience on Earth?

 

What would life be like if it originated in a frigid ocean beneath an impenetrable shell of ice? Or on a world whose haze obscures any view of the universe beyond? Or on an unfathomable scale in the depths of space? Or . . .

 

Life—beyond us.

 

Dive in as the European Astrobiology Institute presents fifty-four original SF Stories and Science Essays on life, from microbial to macro, from automatic to sagacious. Each speculative story is followed by a professional essay illuminating the scientific underpinnings of the story and providing a new window into the cutting-edge knowledge about exploration for life in the universe.

 

SF STORIES BY: Eugen Bacon, Gregory Benford, Renan Bernardo, Jana Bianchi, Tobias S. Buckell, Eric Choi, Julie E. Czerneda, Tessa Fisher, Simone Heller, Valentin D. Ivanov, Mary Robinette Kowal, Lisa Jenny Krieg (translated by Simone Heller), Geoffrey A. Landis, Rich Larson, Liu Yang (translated by Ladon Gao), Lucie Lukačovičová, Premee Mohamed, G. David Nordley, Malka Older, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Tomáš Petrásek, Brian Rappatta, Arula Ratnakar, D.A. Xiaolin Spires, Bogi Takács, Peter Watts, and B. Zelkovich.

 

SCIENCE ESSAYS BY: Jacques Arnould, William Bains, José A. Caballero, Dimitra Demertzi, Martina Dimoska, Tessa Fisher, Dennis Höning, Valentin D. Ivanov, Fabian Klenner, Nina Kopacz, Geoffrey A. Landis, Natuschka Lee, Ania Losiak, Stephen Francis Mann, Connor Martini, Tony Milligan, Philippe Nauny, Julie Nováková, Erik Persson, Tomáš Petrásek, Joanna Piotrowska, Giovanni Poggiali, Amedeo Romagnolo, Stefano Sandrelli, Floris van der Tak, Jan Toman, Sheri Wells-Jensen, and Raymond M. Wheeler.

 

INTRODUCTION BY: Stephen Baxter

FOREWORD BY: Julie Nováková

AFTERWORDS BY:  Wolf D. Geppert; Lucas K. Law and Susan Forest

 

EDITED BY: Julie Nováková, Lucas K. Law, and Susan Forest

 

Previous anthologies by Laksa Media (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise, Shades Within Us, Seasons Between Us) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.

 

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Valentin D. Ivanov

Lisa Jenny Krieg

Ladon Gao

Lucie Lukačovičová

Tomáš Petrásek

Wolf D. Geppert

Jacques Arnould

William Bains

José A. Caballero

Dimitra Demertzi

Martina Dimoska

Dennis Höning

Fabian Klenner

Nina Kopacz

Natuschka Lee

Ania Losiak

Stephen Francis Mann

Connor Martini

Tony Milligan

Philippe Nauny

Erik Persson

Joanna Piotrowska

Giovanni Poggiali

Amedeo Romagnolo

Stefano Sandrelli

Floris van der Tak

Jan Toman

Sheri Wells-Jensen

Raymond M. Wheeler

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