Would the discovery of life on other worlds be earth-shattering?

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I’m a Sci-Fi fan.

Yes, I’m a ‘Trekky’.  I’ve always loved having an imagination, and particularly love reading books by people who imagine what the future might be like (whether I agree with them or not; for instance I strongly disagree with the rampant humanism of Star Trek).  My favourite author is the late great Isaac Asimov, an astounding polymath who wrote fiction and non-fiction, including works on Shakespeare and the Bible.

My favourite living author is Alastair Reynolds, and I have read almost all of his books. In his latest book Blue Remembered Earth (Gollancz, 2012) one of the characters speaks about finding life on another planet.  It is assumed that this is an earth-shattering find that changes everything.  It seems to me that many people Continue reading Would the discovery of life on other worlds be earth-shattering?