Contact (Paperback)

Author: Sagan, Carl

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In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who -- or what -- is out there?

In "Cosmos," Carl Sagan explained the universe. In "Contact," he predicts its future -- and our own.

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Publisher Pocket Books
Mfg Part# 9780671004101
SKU 30107825
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0671004107
Release Date 7/1/1997
Author Info
Carl Sagan
After studying at the University of Chicago (which he entered at the age of 16) and Berkeley, Sagan taught at Harvard and then Cornell University, where he was a professor of astronomy and space science and director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies. He remained at Cornell until his death. Sagan was interested in the physics and chemistry of planetary atmospheres and surfaces, along with the origins of life on earth and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. At the height of his popularity, Sagan was perhaps the world's most identifiable member of the scientific community through his books and popular TV series "Cosmos". He won a great number of honors in his lifetime, including the Nobel Prize. His book "Contact" was made into a film starring Jodie Foster. Sagan died in 1996, but his legacy remains very much alive, as a number of people who studied with him have continued to conduct research and create technology for exploring the solar system for signs of extraterrestrial life. Additionally, the Planetary Society, which Sagan co-founded, continues to publish a newsletter on space exploration, and many science writers cite Sagan as playing an instrumental role in their interest and success in writing about scientific matters.
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Annotation "First contact" between humans and aliens has been a prominent topic of science fiction since its inception, but arguably no one has presented a more fascinating exploration of that theme than beloved astronomer Carl Sagan in this, his one and only novel. Sagan, who spent much of his professional career arguing for the likelihood of the existence of alien species, imagines an entirely rational scenario wherein an interstellar race reaches out to humanity through the universal language of mathematics. Eleanor "Ellie" Arroway uses radio telescopes to monitor the skies for signs of a transmission, and when she deducts a string of prime numbers hidden within a transcription of supposedly random noise, she recognizes it as a sign of intelligence. As Ellie digs further into the mysterious sequence, she discovers a set of instructions for building a spacecraft which she believes may enable her to visit with whoever sent the message. Though Ellie's unlikely plan eventually seems to come to fruition, she is unable to convince anyone that her spectacular encounter with an alien life form actually happened, and soon finds herself accused of engineering an intergalactic deception.
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Book Format Pocketbook
Number of Pages 0448
Publisher Pocket Books

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