"Lemonick, a science writer, spotlights 'Exoplaneteer Rock Stars,' the scientists who detect planets by marking the telltale wobbles and flickers of the stars that they orbit. He also captures the fascinating lead up to the Kepler mission, which has discovered hundreds of possible worlds."—Scientific American "A frank and vivid account of planet hunting."—Nature "It is a fascinating journey, and at the end of Mirror Earth, the reader is ready to be inspired by what the planet hunters will discover next. Most importantly, though, Lemonick has elegantly and convincingly captured the magnitude of the discoveries that have happened in our lifetimes."—New Scientist "Lively . . . Readers will be rewarded with insight into how these scientists dreamed up ambitious ways to search the heavens trillions of miles away, then pulled strings and twisted arms to execute those ideas." —Discover magazine "In Mirror Earth, Michael Lemonick describes what may be the single most important quest in science, the search for Earthlike planets around other stars—and thus for alien life itself. He’s immersed himself in the science and in the personalities, the rivalries and dreams of the players, and accomplished a great piece of nonfiction writing. I love this book and love the quest."—Richard Preston "As a science writer, I was thrilled by Mirror Earth's account of cutting edge astronomical research and discovery. As a twin, I was moved by this touching and poignant tale of humanity's yearning for cosmic companionship."—Margaret Wertheim, author of Pythagoras' Trousers and Physics on the Fringe "Leave it to veteran science journalist Michael Lemonick to not only capture the science behind the search for exoplanets, but to eavesdrop on the occasionally quirky lives of the planet hunters themselves."—Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History "An informal and accessible view into the work of 'exoplaneteers.'" —Publishers Weekly
Michael D. Lemonick has written more than fifty Time magazine cover stories on science, and has been published in Discover, Wired, and Scientific American. He is the author of four books, most recently Echo of the Big Bang and The Georgian Star, and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.