Gore, John Ellard (1845–1910)
John Gore was an Irish astronomer and science popularizer who, like Richard Proctor,
at the end of the 19th century argued in favor of the universality of planetary
systems on the grounds that stars without planets would serve no purpose.
H. G. Wells, in his review of Gore's The
Worlds of Space,1 under the title "The Living Things That
May Be", criticized the author for failing to speculate widely enough on
the possible forms that extraterrestrials might take and suggested the possibility
of silicon-based life.