[an] intriguing new book ... it's in the last portion of this book that it really shines ... Specifically, he asks whether all civilizations on all planets inevitably have to deal with some form of climate change ... The scientific speculation that follows is intellectually bracing and well-founded — and ultimately works because Frank is really looking for a new way to contextualize climate change here on Earth ... Frank's book isn't the one story about climate change — but it's a good story, and a valuable perspective on the most important problem of our time.
Adam Frank cleverly links Earth’s current climate change with the possibilities of life on other planets ... What is revolutionary is Frank’s contention that other worlds have likely evolved enough to create intelligent civilizations, and the knowledge gleaned from studying other planets can be used to reach the necessary level of maturity to face our future ... Providing multiple levels of fascinating science, Light of the Stars proposes a novel theory of how astrobiology and the study of life on other planets can help us understand climate change and civilization on Earth.
...[an] engaging and accessible book ... Light of the Stars traverses a wide terrain of geological, biological and astronomical science ... Frank enlivens the text with his passion, opinions and even some of his own projections of our possible fates. He is also a good storyteller.