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Aliens and Other Worlds

True Tales from Our Solar System and Beyond

Lisa Harvey-Smith


A voyage of discovery to other worlds, seeking the answer to one of life's great questions: are we alone?


Did life on Earth arrive on a meteorite from outer space? Are there living beings on planets beyond our solar system? If they are out there, what might these aliens look like? Would they be smart, curious, scared? Would they even want to meet us?

Revealing the wonders of scientific inquiry, astrophysicist and best-selling author Lisa Harvey-Smith guides Earthlings young and old through our search for alien life. On the way, she considers where our best chances are to find any galactic neighbours; ponders whether they might already be living among us; and looks at what we might learn about aliens from life at Earth's extremes.

Asking all the important questions, answering some and explaining why others need further investigation, Aliens and Other Worlds explores the mystery of life beyond Earth. With illustrations by acclaimed artist Tracie Grimwood, this mysterious, awe-inspiring journey will thrill anyone with eyes fixed on distant horizons.

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'Engaging and informative … Children interested in space and extra-terrestrial life will adore this book … [the author’s] passion and interest in alien life is clear to see in every part of the book … The illustrations by Tracie Grimwood are a lot of fun as well, extremely creative, and full of colour'

Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 23.0 x 16.5 cm

Extent: 120 pp

Publication date: 3 February 2022

ISBN: 9781760761165

About the Author

Lisa Harvey-Smith is an award-winning astronomer and Professor at the University of New South Wales. In 2018 she was appointed as the Australian Government's Ambassador for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She is the author of When Galaxies Collide and best-selling children's book Under the Stars. She has appeared in several TV series and documentaries as a guest scientist and is a presenter alongside Professor Brian Cox on ABC TV's Stargazing Live.