[SIGNED] Contact by Carl Sagan
New York : Simon and Schuster, 1985. Signed by Carl Sagan. Hardcover. 432 pages ; 25 cm. $18.95 dust jacket. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
For centuries humanity has dreamed of life and intelligence beyond the Earth; for decades scientists have searched for it in every corner of the sky; for years Project Argus, a vast, sophisticated complex of radio telescopes, has listened for a signal indicating the existence, somewhere in the universe, of extra-terrestrial intelligence.
Then, one afternoon, the course of human history is changed, abruptly and forever. The Message, awaited for so long, its very possibility doubted by so many, arrives.
Contact has been made. Life, intelligence, someone, something beyond Earth, 26 light-years away, in the vicinity of the star Vega, is calling, beaming across space a wholly unexpected message to say that we are not—have never been—alone.
In Contact, Carl Sagan, whose Cosmos enthralled millions of readers and television viewers, has brilliantly employed the freedom of fiction to imagine the greatest adventure of all—humanity s first encounter with other intelligent beings. But the novel is not only about contact between humans and extraterrestrials; it is also about contact, down here on Earth, with each other and with ourselves.
At its center is a brilliant scientist, Eleanor Arroway, director of Project Argus, who is the first to realize that chapter one of human history is over. It is she who is instrumental in decoding the Message—and in persuading world leaders not to treat it as a threat-she who finds her own life changed by the immense challenge of responding to the Message; she who finally journeys out to experience, in circumstances at once profoundly religious and scientific, the most fateful encounter in human history.
Suspenseful, illuminating, rich in human drama and surprise, written with that unique blend of scientific passion and uncompromising intelligence that made Cosmos a worldwide classic and a record-breaking best-seller, Contact goes far beyond the conventional limits of science fiction. It is a real, moving novel, a work of fiction at once deep and entertaining that carries the reader, like its protagonists, to the stars, without ever making us doubt that this is the way it will be.
Not since H. G. Wells has there been a novel that so stunningly combines storytelling power and scientific vision.
In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe; in Contact, he predicts its future—and our own.
About the Author:
The distinguished astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan is the most popular science writer in the world today.
Cosmos, published in 1980, appeared on The New York Times best-seller list for 70 weeks. Now a classic, it is the best-selling science book ever published in the English language. The accompanying Peabody and Emmy Award-winning television series was seen in 60 countries. His other books include The Dragons of Eden, awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1978; Broca's Brain; and (with Ann Druyan) Comet.
Dr. Sagan has been deeply involved in spacecraft exploration of the planets and in the radio search for extraterrestrial intelligence. His numerous awards include: the NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement and for Distinguished Public Service, and the John F. Kennedy Astronautics Award; he was recently co-recipient (for the discovery of nuclear winter) of the Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest of the American Physical Society. In 1975 he was presented the Joseph Priestley Award "for distinguished contributions to the welfare of Mankind."
Dr. Sagan is David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences at Cornell University, where he also serves as Director of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies at the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research.
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