Fermi and the Great Filter. Or, Some Thoughts on Why We Haven’t Heard from Aliens (Yet!)

Fermi and the Great Filter. Or, Some Thoughts on Why We Haven’t Heard from Aliens (Yet!)

In recent weeks, I’ve been writing a lot about Fermi’s Paradox (“Where is everybody?” aka. where are all the aliens?) As you can imagine, this has involved a lot of research! So much has been said and so much ink has been spilled on the potential reasons why humanity has not found evidence of cosmic counterparts, despite seventy years of looking and the sheer vastness of the Universe.

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Beyond Fermi’s Paradox Series!

Beyond Fermi’s Paradox Series!

A few weeks ago at Universe Today, I started a series that takes a look at the Fermi Paradox. For those who are not familiar, this refers to the contradiction that was observed by famed Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi. This contradiction can be summarized as “if life is statistically so likely in the Universe, why haven’t we found any evidence of it yet?”

Or, if you prefer the short version, it can be summarized as:

“Where the hell are all the aliens?”
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The Colonizing Mars Series Over at Stardom!

The Colonizing Mars Series Over at Stardom!

Hey all! As I mentioned in a previous post, I recent joined the good folks at Explore Mars and began making regular contributions to their affiliated website – Stardom! In addition to doing a series on the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), I also completed a series on the colonization of Mars.

It’s called “Making the First Martians,” and deals with the different aspects and challenges of creating a permanent human presence on the Red Planet. Here’s the full list:

Coming soon, a series on colonizing the entire Solar System!

The SETI Series Over at Stardom!

The SETI Series Over at Stardom!

Hey folks! Recently, I joined the Explore Mars organization, which is dedicated to advocacy, science education, and promoting the exploration of Mars by the 2030s. And as a perk, I also get to write for Stardom, a space news site that is an affiliate.

Recently, I completed a series on the subject of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) that I wanted to share. It comes in seven parts, which starts with the conceptual stuff, moves into the speculative realm, and then takes a look at the history of our efforts and what we’ve been found.

If you’re interested, head over to Stardomspace.com and have a gander:

This series is one of many that I’ve done or am in the process of doing. More on that soon!

This is My Must-Read List. There are Many Like it, But This One is Mine!

This is My Must-Read List. There are Many Like it, But This One is Mine!

Recently, some friends and I were talking about books that made a significant impact on our lives. These included all the books that changed the way we saw the world, taught us something about ourselves, and/or inspired us to action! I really liked this exercise because it made me think of the literature that has stuck with me over the years.

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Advise for Aspiring Writers

Advise for Aspiring Writers

Good morning! There’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time now but never got around to it. And that is, share some tidbits of wisdom that I have learned over the years about writing. Most of these tidbits are things I learned from people who really knew what they were talking about, so I was sure to listen! Some others are just things I concluded along the way.

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The Jovian Manifesto’s First Five Star Review!

The Jovian Manifesto is available for purchase on kindle and iPad. Get it now for the low price of $0.99!

Good news! The Jovian Manifesto, which was released a little more than a week ago, has just got its first review. And it was quite positive. And just so you know, the book is on sale for one more day. So if you still want a copy, get it while it’s still just $0.99, or grab the first and second book for the bundle price of $3.98!

The commenter, let’s just call them CWG, had the following to say:

I can’t wait for the next one!

I don’t think I’ve been so involved in a science fiction series since I read the Honor Harrington books by David Weber. I snapped up a copy of The Jovian Manifesto as soon as possible, having immensely enjoyed The Cronian Incident when it first came out.

What’s so good about it? Everything! But to be a bit more specific:
– believable science. This is a relatively near future series, Man has settlements pretty much all over the Solar System but hasn’t ventured past that yet. Nano technology is imaginative but not crazy. It makes sense.
– believable politics. Corporations and governments vie for power and most are just as corrupt as we have today. A long period of peace threatens to erupt into war, incidents are staged to trigger conflict, each situation pits several agendas against each other… it’s complicated but this too makes sense.
– likable characters. Williams has created multi-faceted characters whose lives are skillfully woven together to create a fantastic tapestry.
– fast-paced plot. It’s hard to put this one down, each chapter pulls you into the next until suddenly you’re all done and wanting more.

Last Chance to Get the Jovian Manifesto on Sale!

Good news and bad, everyone. Bad news first, tomorrow is the last day to buy my recently-published second book, The Jovian Manifesto, for the low price of $0.99 (£0.99 in the UK). The good news is, if you missed the first installment (The Cronian Incident), you can get them in a bundle deal for $3.98. Also, The Cronian Incident goes on sale after tomorrow for the low price of $0.99 (£0.99), so there’s still deals to be had.

Follow the links to get your copies. And thanks again to everyone who made this possible and who has provided support along the way!

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The Jovian Manifesto has been Released!

The Jovian Manifesto

Good news everyone! The Jovian Manifesto, the second book in the Formist Series, has just been released! After many months of writing, editing, polishing and laising with my publisher, the sequel to The Cronian Incident is now available. As you can imagine, this is a pretty big milestone for me since it is my second professionally-published novel to date. And until August 23rd, it is available for pre-order at the low price of $0.99!

Follow the link to get your copy, and don’t forget to leave a review 🙂

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped made this possible. First and foremost, there’s my darling wife Carla, our cat Jazzy, and my loving parents. There are also countless people who offered their time, energy, and constructive criticism. While I don’t have the space to name them all, I assure you, you know who you are. And if not, I will spend the next few days letting you know 🙂

And in an added bit of good news, the first book in the Formist series, The Cronian Incident, is also available for $0.99 from August 23rd to the 27th. So if you missed this novel and want to get caught up before reading the sequel, be sure to get it while it’s one sale. Here’s the link:

Elon Musk Read My Article!

Well, he commented on twitter about it, at any rate. But basically, the publication World and Science, which is permitted to republish articles published by Universe Today (for whom I work) recently posted one of my articles on their website. It was titled “New Model Predicts That We’re Probably the Only Advanced Civilization in the Observable Universe.” While the title may sound a little final and disappointing, the subject matter was actually a study that takes a fresh look at the famous Drake Equation. And in the end, they don’t claim we are alone, but rather there’s a lot of uncertainties still present in the equation, which is why we need to search for extra-terrestrial life more!

In any case, the article has gotten a pretty big response given the controversial nature of the topic. And when World and Science tweeted the story out, guess who commented on it? Yes, Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, Paypal, Tesla, Solar City, and the Boring Company. It all began about 16 hours ago, when Musk tweeted: “So strange” in response to the article. A discussion naturally followed where people dismissed or disagreed with the article or questioned the study’s validity (like I said, it’s controversial!).

In the midst of it, Musk tweeted, “Let’s find out. It would be amazing to encounter an alien civilization, provided it is not their invasion fleet!”, followed by multiple UFO emojis. Inevitably, Musk declared that the study underlined the important of space exploration, tweeting “This is why we must preserve the light of consciousness by becoming a spacefaring civilization & extending life to other planets”, and “It is unknown whether we are the only civilization currently alive in the observable universe, but any chance that we are is added impetus for extending life beyond Earth”.

No disagreement there. But at the same time, the study underscores the importance of the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). Since it indicates that, based on the uncertainties still present in the Drake Equation – for example, how likely are potentially-habitable planets to give rise to life, and how often is intelligent life likely to emerge from that?, etc. – it’s more likely to conclude humanity is alone in the visible Universe at the moment. But that’s nothing if not a declaration that we need to correct for those uncertainties by getting out there and studying the conditions under which life can emerge in far greater detail.

Needless to say, I was flattered and excited that someone like Musk was commenting on an article penned by little ol’ me. And I certainly told him as much! I hope he comments back! I also hope he likes science fiction, because I hope to tell him I’ve got a book coming out in just a few weeks! More on that soon enough! 🙂