Five Billion Years of Solitude

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Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars
Five Billion Years of Solitude - bookcover.jpg
First edition cover
Author Lee Billings
Country United States
Language English
Subject Science, Astronomy
Genre Non-Fiction
Publisher Current, a member of Penguin Group
Publication date
October 3, 2013
Media type Print, e-book, audiobook
Pages 304 pp.
ISBN 978-1617230066

Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars is a non-fiction work by the science author Lee Billings. The text was initially published on October 3, 2013 by Current.


In this book, Billings explores the scientists and science behind the ever-expanding universe of exoplanets. Since the first detection of a planet orbiting another Sun-like star in 1995,[1] scientists have discovered an increasing number of worlds beyond our solar system through detections by telescopes and spacecraft. Billings reveals the scientists behind these discoveries and their thoughts on not only exoplanets, but also their triumphs and frustrations in their quest to solve one of the greatest mysteries of humankind: Are we alone? Billings includes interviews with Frank Drake, Geoffrey Marcy, Greg Laughlin, James Kasting, Matt Mountain, Wesley Traub, Sara Seager, and many other prominent researchers.

Topics covered[edit]

The book has 10 chapters:

  • Looking for Longevity
  • Drake's Orchids
  • A Fractured Empire
  • The Worth of a World
  • After the Gold Rush
  • The Big Picture
  • Out of Equilibrium
  • Aberrations of the Light
  • The Order of the Null
  • Into the Barren Lands


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The exoplanet next door". Nature. 2012. 

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