logo

Lee Billings

  • Lem_HERO

    The Book No One Read

    Why Stanislaw Lem’s futurism deserves attention.

  • Lem_HERO

    The Book No One Read

    Why Stanislaw Lem’s futurism deserves attention.

  • Billings_HERO

    Looking for a Second Earth in the Shadows

    Scientists are blocking out the light of distant suns to look for life.

  • Billings_HERO

    Looking for a Second Earth in the Shadows

    Scientists are blocking out the light of distant suns to look for life.

  • Billings_HERO

    Brave New Epoch

    A search for humankind’s mark on the Earth.

  • Billings_HERO

    The Termite and the Architect

    Animal homes resist our understanding.

  • Jamesburg Earth Station

    The Best Way Yet to Talk to Aliens (If They’re Out There)

    “None knows whence creation arose; And whether he has or has not made it; He who surveys it from the lofty skies. Only he knows—or perhaps not.” This is an edited snippet from a 3,500-year-old Vedic creation myth. I sent each of its 143 characters streaming on a beam of radio waves on June 21, […]

  • placeholder

    How We Could Find Alien Life Soon—and Why We Probably Won’t

    Despite their great distance from Earthbound politics, exoplanets were the topic of a joint hearing on May 9th of the House space and research subcommittees. The recent discovery of a trio of temperate super-Earths was the hearing’s impetus, but most of the discussion was devoted to future prospects—chiefly, how and when scientists might learn whether […]

  • Desert planet

    Open Your Mind to What an “Earth-Like” Planet Could Be

    You are standing on a sandy plain lit only by the harsh, cold light of a blue-white spark flashing overhead in steady metronomic bursts. The pinprick of light almost seems like a distant star, but each flash raises a disturbing tingling sensation within you, suggesting the stroboscopic light source is somehow nearby, and must be […]

  • The_Fun_House_733x550

    The Fun-House Mirror Earths

    It’s been just over two decades since astronomers announced the first discoveries of exoplanets—planets orbiting stars other than the sun—and their progress in the intervening years has been so routinely remarkable its recitation now seems mundane: There are now thousands of cataloged exoplanets, and hundreds of billions more probably await discovery in the Milky Way […]