We take an enjoyable and memorable journey with an astronaut researcher searching for life beyond Earth. His first encounter with an alien species is hilarious at times. This lasts only temporarily, as the aliens soon present intriguing ideas about how immense and common other life is. The story concludes in grand fashion, as the main character discovers other life beyond anything he could have imagined. There are few dull moments, as we try to figure out just where we're headed. The answer is simple and easy to accept in the end, but is still fascinating and intriguing.