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

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By: Julie Nováková(Editor), Lucas K Law(Editor), Susan Forest(Editor), Stephen Baxter(Introduction By), Wolf D Geppert(Afterword by)
584 pages
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How would first contact – on earth, in space, on another planet – transform our understanding 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 cutting-edge knowledge about exploration for life in the universe.

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Julie Nováková is an evolutionary biologist by study, active in science education and outreach, one of the many founding members of the EAI, and an acclaimed author, editor and translator of speculative fiction. She has edited or co-edited four anthologies in three different languages (English: Dreams From Beyond: Anthology of Czech Speculative Fiction; Strangest of All: Anthology of Astrobiological Science Fiction; Czech: Terranullius; Filipino: Haka, co-edited with Jaroslav Olsa, Jr.). Her stories and translations appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Analog,, F&SF and elsewhere, and s he occasionally publishes nonfiction in Clarkesworld, Analog and other venues.

Stephen Baxter was born in England in 1957. He worked as a teacher of maths and physics, and in information technology. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, and a Vice-President of the HG Wells Society. Stephen has been a full-time author since 1995, and his science fiction novels have been published in the UK, the US, Germany, Japan, France, and elsewhere, and have won several awards. His non-fiction includes Deep Future, Omegatropic, The Science of Avatar, and Revolutions in the Earth: James Hutton and the True Age of the World.

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 Lukacovicová
- Premee Mohamed
- G. David Nordley
- Malka Older
- Deji Bryce Olukotun
- Tomás Petrásek
- Brian Rappatta
- Arula Ratnakar
- D.A. Xiaolin Spires
- Bogi Takács
- Peter Watts
- 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
- Tomás Petrásek
- Joanna Piotrowska
- Giovanni Poggiali
- Amedeo Romagnolo
- Stefano Sandrelli
- Floris van der Tak
- Jan Toman
- Sheri Wells-Jensen
- Raymond M. Wheeler

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By: Julie Nováková(Editor), Lucas K Law(Editor), Susan Forest(Editor), Stephen Baxter(Introduction By), Wolf D Geppert(Afterword by)
584 pages
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