The Biological Universe: Life in the Milky Way and Beyond by Wallace Arthur
They will be thinly spread, to be sure. Yet the number of inhabited planets probably runs into the trillions. Some are close enough for us to detect evidence of life by analysing their atmospheres.
This evidence may be found within a couple of decades. Its arrival will be momentous. But even before it arrives we can anticipate what life elsewhere will be like by examining the ecology and evolution of life on Earth.
This book considers the current state of play in relation to these titanic issues.