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Searching for aliens in your spare time

Yeah, yeah, three-quarters of the population of the US believe they have been secretly abducted by aliens who have escaped from Area 51, that secret UFO base near Roswell (see for example, taken at random, Joe Tripican's The Official Alien Abductee's Handbook, Andrews and McMeel, US$7.95). None of this is helped by the fact that astronomers now say there are probably billions of planets out there, quite a few of them like ours. The corollary is that some must be inhabited by aliens ...

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