Aliens and Alien Societies explains science to help you make your fiction plausible. You’ll avoid bringing characters from solar systems unlikely to support life. Discover the galaxy’s vastness and imagine the technology needed to cross it. Put biochemistry on your side to put viable creatures on your pages. Learn how engineering shapes life and why this suggests that intelligent inhabitants of other planets might have similarities to humans. Develop well-founded cultures and logical languages. Introduce aliens to people or other aliens. Portray them as individuals, true to their species.
In this book, possibilities abound and lines between knowledge and conjecture blur enthrallingly.
Aliens and Alien Societies is thoughtful, clear and utterly fascinating. It is filled with facts to help you write believable fictions about the things in heaven and earth.
I don't tend to buy SF magazines any more -- too many books, too little time, so I have to prioritise, and I tend to prefer novels to short stories nowadays. And when I do choose to read short stories, in books, they come lumped together as author collections or themed anthologies. But, I was given a copy of this issue [disclaimer: by one of the included authors], read it, and was reintroduced to the experience of reading a bunch of stories and articles related neither by author nor by theme (apart from all being SF, of course). It made a pleasant change.