10 Mind-Blowing Visions of Alien Life

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In our podcast episode "Grizzly Bears from Outer Space," Joe and I discuss the morphological possibilities for life elsewhere in the galaxy, as well as a few standout science fiction visions of what alien anatomy might consist of. In keeping with this, let's explore 10 notable examples of fictional extraterrestrial life. They underline what might be possible when we take out understanding of life on earth and gaze upward into the void.

Of course, as we discuss in the episode, some cosmologists actually argue in favor of the Star Trek (or perhaps Conehead) model for largely humanoid intelligent extraterrestrial life. Our only model for life involves the technological ascension of bipedal mammals. Perhaps that's the winning design elsewhere in the galaxy as well, but let's turn our attention to more exotic forms...

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.