250,000 stars in a tiny spot in the universe, the Kepler Space Telescope has already found 2000 exoplanets, fourteen or more orbiting their suns in the habitable (Goldilocks) zone, where water could slosh about on their surfaces.
M (or red) dwarves like Kepler 186f.
Cygnus, it’s reality makes the phrase “we are not alone” suddenly more profoundly meaningful. When future NASA missions—the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James Webb Space Telescope—are launched, we will be able to confirm the existence of more rocky exoplanets closer to Earth and to test their atmospheres, which will tell us something more definite about life possibilities there.
Rasmussen’s Center for Fundamental Living Technology and Christopher Langton’s older Workshop in Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems.
self-organization and natural selection play a major role in producing life from scratch, whether or not it begins in warm or freezing biochemical soups. The best—most efficient? or quickest?—biochemical
reactions find each other and crowd out others so that primitive natural selection—a rudimentary auto-catalysis—speeds up the process until self-replication can guarantee survival over the long run.
Author of The Webs of Varok
Nautilus silver award 2013 YA
ForeWord finalist 2012 adult SF
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Cary's first novel and Webs of Varok prequel A Place Beyond Man was originally published in 1975 by Charles Scribner’s Sons, Dell, and Millington, London. Cary re-released A Place Beyond Man as an Author’s Guild Backinprint edition, now available from online booksellers. Its themes of sustainability and interspecies cooperation have now grown into new adventures for its human, elll and varok family as they travel the alternate 21st century Solar System in the five-volume Archives of Varok, coming from Penscript Publishing House in 2012–2014. Cary’s other works include two musical science fiction comedies “U.F.F.D.A.!” and “Petra and the Jay,” as well as newspaper and magazine articles, essays, short stories, and book reviews for The Christian Science Monitor.