Care to comment on why you think this book has any real value?
Since you probably won't be getting a reply on this, let me supply a generic answer.
It validates their belief, but you'll never see them admit it. Science escapes them.
Now, on to your original post:
It orbits its star every 13 days.
It circles its star 14 times closer than the Earth orbits the sun.
Gravity is 1.6 times as strong as the Earth's -- so a 150-pound person would feel like 240 pounds on 581 C.
Astronomers previously found a Neptune-sized planet circling the star Gliese 581, as well as evidence of a third planet about eight times the mass of Earth.
I wonder, just as an exercise of the imagination and if there is indeed any kind of life on the planet, what kind of creatures might live in the dim, red light of a red dwarf. Doesn't a star enter a red dwarf stage near the end of its billions-of-years life? All those eons in which to evolve. An interesting thought.
BTW, if you get a chance, please contact me at my old Netscape email address (don't forget the numbers 0165). I tried to send one to your old address, but it got sent back.
I see that lyx2no supplied you with a source of info, probably better than what I had in mind.
Your comment made me think of extremophiles such as the ones that live around volcanic vents in the ocean. Looking at the range of environments on Earth where life survives and thrives, and the multitude of forms life takes, makes the imagination pale.
You're right, Coragyps. I wasn't sure, and it seems my information was a bit outdated. Thanks for setting me straight.
Your comment that red dwarfs can remain in that stage for a long time, though, makes the scenario I outlined still intriguing - a long span of time in which evolution is allowed to operate. The mind boggles.