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Dr. Travis S. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past twenty years.  His expertise includes advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space based beamed energy systems, future combat technologies, and next generation space launch concepts. Taylor is also the author of pulse-pounding, cutting edge science fiction novels such as the highly-popular One Day on Mars, Tau Ceti Agenda and his ground-breaking Warp Speed series and a regular on the History Channel’s Life After People and The Universe series.

Dr. Bob Bowan has been an active member of the space community for over a quarter of a century, with an expertise in SIGINT and communication systems and concepts.

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Disappointing read -- poorly researched and written 22 septembre 2011
Par m888 - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I was looking forward to this book, as the premise "Should we consider that extraterrestrials may be hostile?" is interesting. However, I found the book poorly written and researched.

Some particularly incredible moments are in Chapter 3 (Motivators), which lists reasons aliens may conquer us including "looking for new sexual partners... to avoid the weakness of the populace caused by inbreeding" and "seeking religious freedom". Seriously? The authors devote Chapter 6 to an amateurish design for a Sixth Column secret defense network, I will spare you the more lurid writing but it does include insightful decisions like the need for a zero tolerance policy for drug abuse and cheating on spouses.

The authors have an annoying habit of including a mathematical equation and then treating the results as proven without any critical thought. On p. 22 the authors conclude the earth can support a population of 100 billion people which will be reached in 10 million years. This conflicts with more thoughtful answers to this important question, and the difference would be interesting if there was some thought behind the authors' assertion. But their justification is a trivial exponential equation and graph, after which they cheerfully apply the same exponential function to explain that aliens would seek to conquer us for population growth space. I would like to see discussion of economic questions, such as whether the collosal energy cost of moving tens of billions of creatures across instellar distances is an effective way to free up real estate.

Weak reasoning aside, the writing style is almost a caricature of an untalented academic, with constant space-filling platitudes such as "These arguments and other arguments should be carefully dissected and considered" (p 159). At times the authors assign homework to the reader such as creating discussion groups.

The premise of the book is on the fringe of science fiction, but I did hope for some serious science and and perhaps even some tongue in cheek moments. Instead I found it hard to read and alarmist. I'd stick to high quality science fiction on this topic, it is more entertaining and has better science.
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Good enough analytically-Not as sharp as the Docuumentary 14 octobre 2013
Par spudboy100 - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
It is a military science sort of book, that uses the results of other studies, to buttress the analysis which is all good, in my opinion. My only issue is that, of course, this work as a bit drier than the documentary, which had some rally nice computer animation. I am also, not, convinced, that a superior civilization, could not, through agriculture, or more likely, massive, industrial, biosynthesis, produce enough chlorophyll, and protein for themselves. This was one of the draws on why would beings/AI expend lots of energy to come here to conquer or exterminate?

From a cost-price comparison just the human species, for example deciding it required protein and chlorophyll, could with just a few technical advances, produce it massively. It would cost up the yang, compared to farming, but if we required teratons of it, yeah I suppose we could? Slow traveling aliens (10% of light and under) might escape our attention on their approach to Earth, but something traveling, fast, requires a high energy maser, or laser, or antihydrogen. It would produce curious visual, infrared, and radio signatures on Earth's telescopes, even from light years distant. I liked this book quite a lot as a well-reasoned thought experiment, and since we are near the anniversary of Orson Welles Mercury theatre broadcast of Well' War of the Worlds, 1938, it is not a bad read.
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Preparing for the Unknown 1 juin 2011
Par Bill Jordin - Publié sur
Format: Broché
Alien Invasion (2011) is a nonfiction book concerning the defense of the Earth against an extraterrestrial attack. It is an updated version of An Introduction to Planetary Defense. It contains a foreword, an introduction, and seven chapters.

The Foreword is written by Tim Williams, Supervising Producer of the National Geographic documentary When Aliens Attack. This video was based on the previous edition of the book.

The Introduction states that this book is only a starting point for the serious study of defense and offense against alien invaders.

Chapter 1 (Is an Alien Invasion Likely?) discusses and updates prior calculations on the possibility of an attack from outer space.

Chapter 2 (Warfare with ET -- Human vs. Aliens: Weapons, Tactics, and Strategies for Human Defense) considers advantages and disadvantages on both sides during such attacks.

Chapter 3 (Motive-based Classifications of Extra-terrestrials) examines possible motivations for alien visitations to the Earth.

Chapter 4 (The "Need to Know") regards the public's need to know about alien visitations as opposed to imminent invasions.

Chapter 5 (First Response, Second Response, Third Response -- Did We Get It Right? Did We Win?) considers the blunders of past UFO investigations.

Chapter 6 (The Sixth Column -- Somebody Should Be Preparing) provides an organization chart for an ultrasecret agency to plan and prepare for alien attacks. This agency would also conduct investigations of all possible alien sightings.

Chapter 7 (Conclusions and Discussion) is a summary of the previous chapters.

Notice the recent publication of The Puppet Masters and Farnham's Freehold and the announced reprint of Sixth Column. These Heinlein novels are used as examples within this book. They are also published by Baen.

This book has been updated, but still lags behind current advances in military technology. Airborne direct energy weapons have been tested recently. Anti-missile defenses have also been improved. The current administration, however, does not seem to be interested in such devices and has cut military research budgets.

This book needs some copyediting. Some text is repeated word for word within the books. Although repetition is effective for retention of important information, some repeats seem to be oversights.

OTOH, some subjects are only slightly covered. If at all possible, no politician should be informed about the ultrasecret agency. They have too cozy a relationship with the media and the media has never seen a secret they didn't want to publish. This makes the creation of a secret governmental agency rather difficult.

This book suggests that the population construct shelters much like those in Farnham's Freehold. Such shelters could provide protection against natural disasters, terrorist attacks and terrestrial warfare as well as extraterrestrial threats. The key concept is Prepare now to Survive Later.

This book also recommends creation of a secret governmental agency much like those in The Puppet Masters and Sixth Column to coordinate efforts within the government. It would investigate sightings, prepare plans for various contingencies, and research means of responding to such visits and attacks. Unlike other secret agencies, this organization should be hidden from the public. If its existence is known to the ET invaders, it would probably be targeted for destruction during the initial stage of the invasion.

Despite the contentions of conspiracy theorists, large secret organizations seldom remain secret for very long. Notice that the Manhattan Project was infiltrated by Russian agents. Naturally, the organization portrayed herein is smaller than the Project, but larger than the examples used in the book.

The biggest problem is budgets for secret governmental organizations. Certain people HAVE to know about a budget or Congress will cut it. Large budget items attract public notice. Maybe the best way is to disguise it as a pork barrel project, although such earmarks are now being closely investigated.

The next problem is personnel. The more people involved in a secret, the larger possibility of the secret being leaked. Some people will take home classified material or want out of the organization or will be subverted. This issue is addressed in the book, but not to the extent that it should be examined.

Another problem is Who Watches the Watchers? Counterintelligence will be necessary to watch the workers; who else is going to perform the polygraph exams or check living patterns? Large secret organizations require more internal CI personnel.

Since these CI personnel have more access, they are investigated more thoroughly than normal workers. Yet CI personnel also can be turned, so other CI personnel are needed to check on the first line CI agents. While not necessarily having access to the core secrets, these second line CI investigators do know that a secret organization exists and this presents further risks.

An alternate approach might be to establish a private nongovernmental organization supported by public subscription, but with a secret agenda. Possibly governmental funding also could be provided, much like that for National Public Radio or the arts. Any good ideas could be passed to DoD for incorporation into their normal research and development cycle. If the extraterrestrial aspects are kept secret, such projects would look like typical military R&D.

Another alternative is a small contractor organization with a private agenda. Research on weapons and defenses is being conducted by DoD and other governmental agencies through contractors. These companies issue subcontracts for advanced designs. So the ultrasecret agency could become merely one more contractor in the governmental contract system.

Some functions -- such as investigation of sightings -- also might be outsourced to reduce the number of people knowing the core purpose of the organization. Standard audits should keep private agencies from curbstoning -- i.e., making up reports -- or downplaying sightings as the Air Force did with UFOs.

Other functions that might be outsourced are near space and stellar searches. These functions are already being conducted by various organizations, so the secret agency could just monitor reports. The agency might also provide anonymous funding of additional searches not covered by the usual resources.

As the book states, these are merely primary proposals. More analysis is necessary to produce a workable organization. Surely the authors would appreciate reasonable comments and suggestions.

Recommended for science fiction fans and for anyone else who is concerned with visitors from outer space. Read and think!

-Bill Jordin
A MUST READ!!!!! 27 août 2014
Par Dr. Leonard C. Holifield - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is a serious work on "What If" the earth is invaded by visitors from another world. It is an in-depth scientific study on the possibility of earth coming in contact with "hostile" aliens from another world and how we would deal with such a threat. The authors Drs. Travis S. Taylor, Ph.D and Bob Boan, Ph.D are both scientise and physicists with expertise in both defense and military signal intelligence and experience working with both the Department of Defense and NASA.

Very informative!
Fun 19 mars 2013
Par NickHale - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
...and scary if you really thing about it. Personally, I don't believe in aliens, but these guys thought it way through and came to some cool conclusions. Spoiler alert:proteins and chlorophyll, whoduthunkit?
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