Books Five Billion Years of Solitude The Search for Life Among the Stars by Lee Billings Hardcover, 294 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $27.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleFive Billion Years of SolitudeSubtitleThe Search for Life Among the StarsAuthorLee Billings Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary An intimate history of Earth and the quest for life beyond the solar system traces the discoveries of thousands of "exoplanets" throughout the past two years, including some with Earth-like characteristics that could possibly support life. Genres: Nonfiction Science & Health Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Five Billion Years of Solitude Even if we find other life out there, in the depths of space, life here will still be a rare gem that must be worshipped and preserved at all costs. ESO hide caption toggle caption ESO 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Alone Among The Stars, For Now October 16, 2013 The Earth has existed for nearly 5 billion years and, to this point, no other forms of life have been identified in the seemingly boundless expanse of outer space. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says this simple fact has deep implications for who we are and how we should treat life here on our home world.