Faint Echoes, Distant Stars

  • by Ben Bova
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Our neighboring planets may have the answer to this question. Scientists have already identified ice caps on Mars and what appear to be enormous oceans underneath the ice of Jupiter's moons. The atmosphere on Venus appeared harsh and insupportable of life, composed of a toxic atmosphere and oceans of acid - until scientists concluded that Earth's atmosphere was eerily similar billions of years ago.
An extraterrestrial colony, in some form, may already exist, just awaiting discovery. But the greatest impediment to such an important scientific discovery may not be technological, but political. No scientific endeavor can be launched without a budget, and matters of money are within the arena of politicians. Dr. Ben Bova explores some of the key players and the arguments waged in a debate of both scientific and cultural priorities, showing the emotions, the controversy, and the egos involved in arguably the most important scientific pursuit ever begun.


What the Critics Say

"This book will excite science buffs while being accessible to general readers hoping to one day meet our extraterrestrial relations." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good info but out of date.

The first few chapters of this book provide some basic science. Mostly it is stuff that one would learn in a first year community college class. This book deals primarily with the politics of 2003. It is woefully out of date with current policies, politics, funding, and discoveries.

The book is well written and well read. If you want to know the basics behind a SETI project I do suggest you read this book.
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- Miskatonic

Good Job, Ben

This is a story that needs to penetrate the world's psyche! As a society, we need to remain curious enough to expend resources on questions like this.....Good Job, Ben!!!!
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- Mike

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios