Life on other planets
Oct 16, 2013 — The Earth has existed for nearly 5 billion years and, to this point, no other forms of life have been identified in the seemingly boundless expanse of outer space. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says this simple fact has deep implications for who we are and how we should treat life here on our home world.
Oct 31, 2012 — NASA's Kepler Mission has been spotting many "Earth-like" planets within our galactic neighborhood. But what fraction of these Earth-like planets are really like our planet? The more we learn about Earth's remarkable properties, the rarer our planet seems to be. And with it, the life it hosts.
Nov 23, 2011 — Remembering the iconic fantasy writer Anne McCaffrey, author of the classic Dragonriders of Pern series.
Aug 11, 2011 — More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. Explore the winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey — an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.
Aug 8, 2011 — NPR coverage of A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 8, 2011 — NPR coverage of Anathem by Neal Stephenson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 8, 2011 — NPR coverage of Old Man's War by John Scalzi. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 8, 2011 — NPR coverage of Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 14, 2011 — These five sci-fi novels offer satisfying, intellectually chewy pleasures that are perfect for a summer afternoon.
Apr 1, 2011 — Science journalist Marc Kaufman says we're closer than ever to finding out if there's life on other planets in the universe. He details the current research and challenges for scientists in First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth.