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"Habitability and Cosmic Catastrophes, part of the ‘Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics’ series, is an interesting read. Hanslmeier … provides information that spans numerous disciplines, from solar and galactic astrophysics and geology to biology. The book’s reach is tremendous: attempting to assess the risk to life from various cosmic catastrophes that range from supernovae to asteroid collisions and almost everything in between. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." (E. S. Perlman, Choice, Vol. 46 (11), 2009)