Life beyond us

What would life be like if it evolved in a cold ocean beneath an impenetrable shell of ice? Or on a world whose haze obscured any view of the universe beyond? Is there a common template for life, or can we expect to find preciously fragile silicon creatures drifting in seas of liquid nitrogen? How would finding alien life change our society?

Life Beyond Us, a new anthology by the European Astrobiology Institute and Laksa Media, depicts the timeless quest for finding alien life in 22 science fiction stories and 22 short science essays. The Kickstarter campaign was from 12 april to 12 may 2021 and was a great success, unlocking all stretch goals. The Anthology will publish brilliant science fiction by authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal or Peter Watts and support science understanding and critical thinking.

This book will be edited by Julie Nováková, in collaboration with Lucas K. Law and Susan Forest from Laksa Media.

Julie is an evolutionary biologist by study, active in science education and outreach, one of the many founding members of the EAI, co-leader of the EAI outreach working group,  and acclaimed author, editor and translator of speculative fiction. She edited or co-edited four anthologies so far in three different languages (English: Dreams From Beyond: Anthology of Czech Speculative FictionStrangest of All: Anthology of Astrobiological Science Fiction; Czech: Terra nullius; Filipino: Haka, co-edited with Jaroslav Olša, Jr.). Her stories and translations appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Analog, Tor.comF&SF and elsewhere, and she occasionally publishes nonfiction in Clarkesworld and Analog.

Lucas is a Malaysian-born editor and author who divides his time and heart between Calgary and Qualicum Beach. He edits Laksa Media’s award-winning anthology series (with Susan Forest—Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Shades Within Us, Seasons Between Us—and with Derwin Mak, Where the Stars Rise). When he is not editing, writing, or reading, he is a corporate and non-profit organization consultant in business planning and development. Lucas is a life member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Susan is the author of (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award-winning Bursts of Fire, as well as over 25 internationally-published short stories. She edits an award-winning anthology series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Shades Within Us, Seasons Between Us) for Laksa Media, and has appeared at many local and international writing conventions. The second novel of her seven-volume Addicted to Heaven series, Flights of Marigold, is available now. Susan is the past Secretary for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Laksa Media Groups Inc. publishes inspiring and hopeful social issue-related fiction and non-fiction. We have published speculative fiction anthologies on mental health, caregiving, migrations, ageism, discriminations, and cultural identities. Our tagline is ‘Help Us Change the World, One Book at a Time.’  The charitable causes dear to our hearts are literacy, education, public libraries, elder care, mental health, affordable housing, and prevention of abuse or bullying