What do we know about life?We observe water molecules and organic molecules everywhere in our Galaxy, and even in external Galaxies. Is it all that is needed to create life?It is possible that the basic chemistry rules that make life possible will not change much in other planets. All elements other than hydrogen (and some helium) are created in the same way everywhere: nuclear fusion and fission during the life of stars and their death. The chemical bonds of water, that make it such a good solvent, and the four valence bonds of carbon, that make it so good for producing complex molecules, are the same everywhere.But this doesn't mean that life is everywhere the same.We were used to thinking that life can only exist at temperatures where water is liquid, the environment is not too acidic. It is sufficient to visit the Yellowstone National Park, or any volcanic site, to realize that bacteria can survive in extremely acidic environments, at extreme temperatures and pressures.Life is extremely adaptable. Life can arrange and find quite clever ways to strive.Who knows what can happen on a faraway planet? Who knows if there are other ways to create self-sustaining life here on Earth?This is what drives the creation of a gargantuan science fiction literature, that we all appreciate.Then, you can see them: non-earthly living beings observed through a monitoring system, that move, evolve, multiply, interact. This spine-chilling display seems to come straight from a science fiction movie, where some mad scientist has engineered new life forms and — almost certainly — things will go terribly wrong.This hair-raising emotion is what I felt when first approaching this world created by Lorenzo Oggiano. Fascination came next. Mesmerized by these quasi-creatures, the spectator's gaze cannot leave the screen, where disturbances, interferences, and stripes make the display even more realistic. Electronic buzzing and popping sounds, a hint of voices in the background, complete the scene.Oggiano's Quasi-objects were already remarkable creations. Seeing them living is another, recommended, experience.Matteo Bachetti is an Italian astrophysicist. He is a specialist of observations of black holes and neutron stars, the densest objects known in the Universe, with X-ray satellites and radio telescopes. After his Ph.D. in 2010, he went to France and had the opportunity to enter the Science and Calibration teams of the NuSTAR satellite from NASA. Now based in Cagliari, Italy, he collaborates with research groups throughout Europe and the US. His discovery of the first ultraluminous pulsar, published in the prestigious journal Nature in 2014, earned him a Medal from NASA.