- Life in the Universe (2nd Edition), by Jeffrey O. Bennet and G Seth Shostak
- Life Everywhere: The Maverick Science of Astrobiology, by David J. Darling
- Is Anyone Out There? by Frank Drake* and David Sobel
- ASTROBIOLOGY PB (Natural World (Smithsonian)), by MM Grady
- Lonely Planets : The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life, by David Grinspoon
- Astrobiology: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, by Jonathan Lunine
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I'd just like to add that there are a number of free online resources for astrobiology information as well.
- Astrobiology Magazine has news and some articles available online. They also produce an associated astrobiology podcast
- The NASA Astrobiology site is good source for the latest astrobiology-related news, and if you have an astrobiology question, you can get an expert answer from their Ask an Astrobiologist service.
- Last year the National Research Council published a report titled The Limits of Organic Life in Planetary Systems. It discusses the chemistry of carbon-based life, alternative biochemistry, and exotic habitats that might support non-water-based life. It's technical, and it doesn't have pretty illustrations, but it covers some of the latest research - and it's free.
* Astrophysicist Drake is best known (to me at least) for the so-called Drake equation, which attempts to calculate the number of other civilizations in the galaxy with which we might hope to be able to communicate. According to Wikipedia, the current best estimates for all the variables gives a result of 2.3 - not many, given the vastness of space.
(link to Mike Brotherton via The World in the Satin Bag)
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