A stray entry on this website's Guestbook from David Grinspoon dated
2001 (you can see it here)
led to him commissioning
Borin to produce illustrations and cartoons for his new book: 'Lonely
Planets: the natural philosophy of alien life'
published in the US in
October, 2003 by Harper Collins (ISBN: 0060185406) and in the UK in
by Ecco (ISBN 0060185406) Hardcover, 464 pages.
The link was Borin's work on DNA over the years, in the making of
abstruse science accessible to the layman. The Buddha, garlanded by
saucers, showed up during initial preparations, but sadly had to be cut
during later severe editing of the book:
The award-winning author of
'Venus revealed' examines the most compelling
question of our day...
IS ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE?
Examining scientific data, reviewing historical records and analyzing
beliefs, Grinspoon presents a comprehensive history of ideas about
life and offers scientific speculation on where, when and how we may
More information on Lonely
Planets can be found on David's
Science website (see the link here.)
Since 1990, Professor David Harry Grinspoon has studied Venus as a
Investigator for NASA's Planetery Atmospheres and Venus Data Analysis
In 1997, his Funky Science project produced the book 'Venus Revealed: a
new look below the clouds of our mysterious twin planet' (ISBN
He also plays rhythm electric guitar. He lives in Denver.
The double-spread which covers the evolution of the multiverse from Big
Bang to Jimi Hendrix and fission chips (sorry about that).
Sample illustrations from the
book and website:-
2004 PEN center USA Literary Award
With a new
by the author about 2004's amazing new
Grinspoon tackles E.T. in a style that will satisfy science nerds and
majors alike. Drawing on astronomy, biology, and pop culture, the NASA
validates the big bang theory, traces the human search for aliens, and
that extraterrestrial life, at least on a microbial level, is out
Read closely: Illustrations such as the Cosmic Evolution chart that
Hendrix at the peak of complex civilization offer some of the wittiest
-- Jessica Hilberman (WIRED
Kirkus Reviews says (in a
An exuberant, provocative look at the possibility of extraterrestrial
what it might be like, and what it might mean.
In his opening pages, Grinspoon (Astrophysics and Planetary
of Colorado; Venus Revealed, 1997) lays down the history of scientific
in life beyond Earth, from the discovery that the planets are worlds
ours to the many theories that those other worlds might be inhabited.
second section summarizes scientific opinion on ET life, especially as
by the new discipline of astrobiology. Our knowledge about life is
to specimens from our world, Grinspoon reminds us; discovery of even
organism on another world would dramatically alter our perspective. He
out that the Drake equation, meant to estimate the prevalence of life
the universe, depends heavily on the expected lifetime of advanced
On the other side of the debate, Fermi's Paradox states the key
if intelligent life is common in the universe, why can't we detect it?
devotes some attention to possible answers, from the worst-case
(we are alone in the universe) to the possibility that ETs are already
secretly making contact with selected humans. The third portion
the far fringes of the subject, from UFO conspiracy theories and
to crop circles and mutilations of farm animals. The author resists the
temptation to look down his nose at the true believers, pointing out
organized skepticism often has trouble recognizing truths that don't
to the scientific model. He concludes with the suggestion that our
could be a mere stepping stone to some higher form of consciousness,
that truly advanced life forms may be immortal. Wisecracks,
musings, and personal anecdotes make his text as lively as it is
The best look at this subject since Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection
thought-provoking . . . David Grinspoon provides
a masterful synthesis of the history,
science, philosophy, and even theological
implications of extraterrestrial life."- Science