Actually I have little doubt that primitive, microscopic life forms are about as common as fire throughout the universe. And as it is now known that there are billions of galaxies with billions of stars with likely trillions of planets, the chance of life forms equal or superior to the current evolution of mankind is huge.

Still, since time and space is so enormous, the likelihood of two highly evolved life forms being within communicating distance of one another at the same time is extremely unlikely.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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