Creatures... that are born pregnant; with 20 different sexes;
that eat their own children; that can survive without water
for a quarter of a billion years. Absurd? Not at all. These
are creatures alive on planet Earth. And they show us just
how different alien life could be from anything we know.
What Does a Martian Look Like? is the paperback version
of Evolving the Alien. Obviously, the new title is
a sign that today's book buying public are evolving backwards.
Was Evolving the Alien too highbrow for the masses?
Yes, it would seem so. What Does a Martian Look Like?
leaves no room for confusion, and certainly couldn't be accused
of being an ambiguous title.
book is a clever idea. There are hundreds of books out there
that look at the possibility of existence of sentient live
on far off worlds, but I have not come across one before that
concentrates entirely on trying to prove that alien life forms
can exist anywhere and everywhere. This angle also makes our
quest for extra terrestrial life forms more desperate. It's
as though authors have given up on the hope of finding proof
of other life forms existing on Earth-like planets and are
instead starting to wonder if there could be life anywhere.
The authors also attack previous sceptical works that suggest
- because of the number of different events which need to
occur to kick-start life on this planet, as well as the number
of different things that need to be in place to ensure life
continues to thrive - that there is very little chance of
us finding proof of other worlds with intelligent life any
time soon. The authors of What Does a Martian Look Like?
state there could very well be life not too far away from
our own planet.
problem with this work is that it is pure speculation from
beginning to end and, while it uses creatures from this planet
as examples of what could be out there (creatures which are
born pregnant, some that have 20 different sexes and a species
which can survive without water for a quarter of a billion
years), they are forgetting that they do live on Earth and
so the atmosphere that sustains us also helps to sustain them.
Would they be able to live on the Moon?
Despite this very large hole in the whole argument this book
is fascinating reading. Just don't take it too seriously.
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