Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Newletters and Alerts

Buy now from Random House

  • First Light
  • Written by Richard Preston
  • Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9780812991857
  • Our Price: $19.00
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - First Light

Buy now from Random House

  • First Light
  • Written by Richard Preston
  • Format: eBook | ISBN: 9780307817426
  • Our Price: $11.99
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - First Light

First Light

    Select a Format:
  • Book
  • eBook

The Search for the Edge of the Universe

Written by Richard PrestonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Richard Preston


List Price: $11.99


On Sale: April 04, 2012
Pages: 300 | ISBN: 978-0-307-81742-6
Published by : Random House Random House Group
First Light Cover

Share & Shelve:

  • Add This - First Light
  • Email this page - First Light
  • Print this page - First Light


Seven years before Richard Preston wrote about horrifying viruses in The Hot Zone, he turned his attention to the cosmos. In First Light, he demonstrates his gift for creating an exciting and absorbing narrative around a complex scientific subject--in this case the efforts by astronomers at the Palomar Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains of California to peer to the farthest edges of space through the Hale Telescope, attempting to solve the riddle of the creation of the universe.

Richard Preston's name became a household word with The Hot Zone, which sold nearly 800,000 copies in hardcover, was on The New York Times's bestseller list for 42 weeks, and was the subject of countless magazine and newspaper articles. Preston has become a sought-after commentator on popular science subjects.

For this hardcover reprint of what has been called "the best popular account of astronomy in action," (Kirkus Reviews) he has revised the text and written a new introduction.
Richard Preston

About Richard Preston

Richard Preston - First Light

Photo © Robert Lewis

Richard Preston is the bestselling author of The Hot Zone, The Demon in the Freezer, The Wild Trees, and the novel The Cobra Event. A writer for The New Yorker since 1985, Preston is the only nondoctor to have received the Centers for Disease Control’s Champion of Prevention Award. He also holds an award from the American Institute of Physics. Preston lives outside of New York City.

Your E-Mail Address
send me a copy

Recipient's E-Mail Address
(multiple addresses may be separated by commas)

A personal message: