A fascinating piece of historical scientific writing, written in 1913 by E. Walter Maunder (F.R.A.S.), the Superintendent of the Solar Dept. at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.  The book is a snapshot in time showing the evolution of thinking on the solar system and cosmology.  The author considers, in fine detail, the plausibility of life on other planets within our solar system, the requirements for such life, and the barriers that life faces.  Whilst many of the beliefs and conventions stated within the book are now out of date, it is enlightening to hear how theories and opinions have changed in just over 100 years.  This is perfect listening for anyone with an interest in scientific history and cosmology.


About The Narrator

Read by NEIL GARDNER. Award-winning writer, producer and director, former UK & international radio broadcaster, Neil has voiced many audiobooks and commercial audio productions.




Our audiobooks download as zipped files (due to their size and for your convenience). Once unzipped you will find all of the mp3 files for your audiobook named, and in correct file order.  Due to the way Apple has designed iOS, iPhones and iPads don’t recognise these zip files automatically (unlike Android devices).  So, if you buy one of our titles via your iPhone or iPad, there are two ways to find and listen to your files:

[1] Download for FREE iZip for iOS – then download the audiobook using the link provided either on the webpage or the email we sent you. After the file has downloaded click on the Open With option and choose iZip. The app will open and ask if you want it to unzip all the files, say yes. A minute or so later you will have a list of mp3 files in order, and you just need to tap on the one you want to play and it will start playing in the Audioplayer. You can easily play, pause, jump forward or back.

[2] Slightly easier – download the zip file to your PC or MAC, unzip it to a folder you know the location of (such as your Music or Documents folder), then use iTunes to transfer the files in the same way you would a music album.

We hope you enjoy your audiobook and come back for more soon!


Neil Gardner


Tanja Glittenberg


Neil Gardner


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