Kevin W. Plaxco is a professor of chemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Michael Gross is a science writer based in Oxford. He is the author of Life on the Edge: Amazing Creatures Thriving in Extreme Environments.
A comprehensive yet concise introduction to the field. -- The Space Review A good read for all those who are fascinated by the search for extraterrestrial life and the origin of life on our own planet. I shall certainly value it in my own library. -- Chemistry World An accessible guide to this young and interdisciplinary field. -- Physics World Certainly the most readable introduction to astrobiology now available. -- Chemical and Engineering News Plaxco and Gross bring us as close to aliens as we can currently get. I recommend this book to anyone interested in science's newest kid on the block. -- Astronomy Now Plaxco and Gross do an excellent job . . . Theirs may well be the best textbook available on the subject. -- Choice Tantalises the imagination and leaves you wanting to know more. -- Australasian Science Magazine The fascinating world of extremophiles is well presented, and a broad overview of the searches for evidence of life beyond Earth rounds off the book. The text is liberally illustrated with relevant figures that greatly enhance the content, and entertaining snippets of information detailing the quirks of research in this field nicely supplement the scientific content. -- Astrobiology