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It is December 1999, the dawn of the millennium, and a team of international scientists is poised for the most fantastic adventure in human history. After years of scanning the galaxy for signs of somebody or something else, this team believes they've found a message from an intelligent source--and they travel deep into space to meet it. Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Sagan injects Contact, his prophetic adventure story, with scientific details that make it utterly believable. It is a Cold War era novel that parlays the nuclear paranoia of the time into exquisitely wrought tension among the various countries involved. Sagan meditates on science, religion, and government--the elements that define society--and looks to their impact on and role in the future. His ability to pack an exciting read with such rich content is an unusual talent that makes Contact a modern sci-fi classic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Who could be better qualified than the author of the highly successful Cosmos to turn the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence, and humankind's first contact with it, into imaginative reality? This is precisely what Sagan does in this eagerly awaited and, as it turns out, engrossing first novel. The basic plot is very simple. A worldwide system of radio telescopes, in the charge of brilliant astrophysicist Ellie Arroway, picks up a "Message" from outer space. Ellie is instrumental in decoding the message and building the "Machine" for which it gives instructions (despite stiff opposition from religious fundamentalists and those scientists and politicians who fear it may be a Trojan Horse). Then she and fellow members of a small multinational team board the machine, take a startling trip into outer spaceand on their return must convince the scientific community that they are not the perpetrators of a hoax. Sagan's characters, mostly scientists, are credible without being memorable, and he supplies a love interest that is less than compelling. However, his informed and dramatically enacted speculations into the mysteries of the universe, taken to the point where science and religion touch, make his story an exciting intellectual adventure and science fiction of a high order. First serial to Discover Magazine; BOMC selection. Foreign rights: S & S. October 1
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I saw the movie first, and wanted to read what Carl Sagan had wrote. You can definitely tell it was written by a scientist as it lacks a bit of character attachment. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Colby
I saw the film and the book and have to say that both strike me as being rubbish. I still own the book and also own other materials from Sagan. Read morePublished 25 days ago by The Hermit
Book came slightly worn, but acceptable condition. Great read. Sagan was the best at inspiring wonder.Published 1 month ago by Brandon Fifer
Very good book on First Contact. The dialogue could have been handled better, but the concepts were well thought out. It is much better than the movie.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I picked up this book based on a recommendation and the good reviews and while it was technically good, the book never struck a chord with me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Question
At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to give this 3 or 4 stars, but after a book review with my husband I decided on 4. Why it didn't get 5. I wanted the Aliens to be more. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Wilson