February 25th 2022
Where are they? The search for extraterrestrial life in the observable universe has turned up nothing. Perhaps most surprising, it seems to me, is the absence of extraterrestrial life in our own solar system. Neptune, Pluto, Uranus, Saturn, and Jupiter are of course too cold, and Mercury and Venus too hot, but our neighbor – the one we wrote all our science fiction books about – seems like it should have some signs of life. And yet, nothing.
We’ve sent our probes, and nothing has been turned up. We’ve used our superior advanced telescopes, with the same result. Not even the smallest life form has been detected. Which leads us to ask, if it can happen once in our solar system, why is it that it evidently cannot occur twice?
The only thing that remains is for us to visit the planet ourselves. But it would be futile, there’s of course nothing there. Just an endless empty terrain.
I am sure my colleagues would agree. Of all the mysteries in the universe, perhaps the most surprising is that there are no signs of life on Earth.
Prof. Ernest Smith
Valles Marineris University
Olympus Mons, Mars
Author Bio: Brett Abrahamsen has made sales to the Sci Phi Journal, The Fifth Di.., and Creepy Podcast. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY
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