Publisher Seuil
Publication Date 06 January 2023

Humanities and Non-Fiction



A book about the search for life in the universe, explained in a fascinating and accessible way by Nathalie Cabrol, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe at SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), whose mission is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in the universe. It has been quite successful in France and internationally, with 30,000 copies sold in France and rights sold in five countries.

Are we the only life in the universe? "This question is as old as humanity and one that our generation is quite likely to be able to answer," explains Nathalie Cabrol, leading expert on the subject. 
"There is a great deal of research on life in the universe at present, and progress is being made in all areas, so it is a good time to take stock. We know that there are planets outside our solar system and many of them seem to have habitable conditions, not necessarily for people like you and me, but probably in some microbial life form. It would be statistically absurd if there were no extraterrestrial life out there."
"What I find incredible about Nathalie Cabrol's book is that she doesn't say, “let's go and look for beings like the little green men of science fiction films”, but rather, “let's first ask ourselves: what do we mean by life?," explains Adrien Bosc, a Franco-American astrobiologist fascinated by Cabrol’s work, and who, himself, has had many of his books published by Le Seuil.
This mass market book incorporates two photo albums with diagrams, depictions, and photographs, including spectacular images from the James Webb and Hubble telescopes.
To date, À l’aube de nouveaux horizons has sold more than 30,000 copies in France and attracted the attention of many foreign publishers and readers. Translation rights have been sold in Italy, South Korea, Poland, United Kingdom (Simon & Schuster) and in the United States (Scribner) for a record and significant sum; an important milestone for Nathalie Cabrol, who splits her time between France and the United States.