The book is the story of scientists' struggle to understand how life began on Earth. It's a mystery story with a fascinating cast of real-life characters, and an exploration of one of the biggest questions in modern science - a question that has fascinated me for years.
From the back cover: "By asking how life came to be, we are implicitly asking why we are here, whether life exists on other planets, and what it means to be alive. This book is the story of a group of fragile, flawed humans who chose to wrestle with these questions."
The Genesis Quest has been a labour of love that's taken three years, plus a decade of journalistic legwork to amass the knowledge and contacts to attempt it. I'm so excited for you all to finally be able to read it.
A huge thank-you to everyone who has helped me along the way. The book wouldn't exist without you! An equally huge thank-you to everyone who has already bought it. Your support means so much!
Also, I, er, I do have a few ideas for a second one...
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