The light’s on. Anybody home?
The search for extraterrestrial life is a funny thing in science. It’s like a private hobby, best not discussed at work with colleagues, nor with friends at parties. It’s OK now and again to illuminate the search for alien life, an interlude in the symphony of scientific work. And that’s just what we’re offering in this mini-issue of Nautilus.
Do We Share DNA with ET?: If there’s life beyond Earth, the genetic code might be our common bond, by Daniel Oberhaus
What Are the Odds of Alien Contact?: Bringing the Drake Equation up to date, by Richard Lawn
Galactic Settlement and the Fermi Paradox: The results of galactic colonization models are a mixed bag for SETI optimists, by Jason Wright
This issue also includes contributions from Tim Folger and Susan Schneider.