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At first it seemed impossible - a radio signal that came not from Earth but from far beyond the nearest stars. But then the signal was translated, and what had been impossible became terrifying.

For the signal contains the information to build a Machine that can travel to the stars. A Machine that can take a human to meet those that sent the message.

They are eager to meet us: they have been watching and waiting for a long time.

And now they will judge.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 106 x 178 x 30mm | 220g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1857235800
  • 9781857235807
  • 15,992

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An astonishingly exciting, precise and involved book * Sydney Sunday Telegraph * One of the best science fiction stories about contact with intelligent beings ever written. Sagan calls on his scientific knowledge to garnish realistically a devastatingly credible account of how contact could be made * Sydney Daily Telegraph * Grand and vivid... a lot of fun * The Village Voice * If there is a God and He isn't hiding, He will have left an unambiguous message. What will the message look like? Sagan's answer is stunning and satisfying * Los Angeles Times * Sagan's continuing compelling plea that we do not destroy the ineffable loveliness of life on this planet is present in every scene and phrase of Contact... It is pleasurable and reassuring to read a popular author in whom the observable and scientifically imagined universe inspires excitement, humour, love, awe * Newsday * A splendid story whose appeal is universal * Yorkshire Post * Like a good mystery, Contact keeps us curious to the end... Ingenious and satisfying * Newsweek * Who could be better qualified than the author of the highly successful Cosmos to turn the possibility of extra-terrestrial 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... Sagan's informed and dramatically enacted speculations into the mysteries of the universe... make Contact an exciting adventure * Publishers Weekly * A feast of marvels * San Francisco Chronicle * A masterly piece of work blending adroit characterisation and flights of scientific fancy that spring from today's fact * Belfast Telegraph * Contact [deals] with issues... worth pondering... The range and depth of ideas is quite uncommon * The New York Times Book Review * Imaginative flair...The Sagan wit on full display...Contact jabs at commericalism, nationalism, sexism ... THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Dazzling...Contact becomes the greatest adventure of all time. * ASSOCIATED PRESS *
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About Carl Sagan

Sagan was Dir. of the Laboratory for Planetary Studies & David Duncan Prof. of Astronomy & Space Sciences at Cornell University.He played a leading role in the Mariner, Viking & Voyage expeditions to the planets & was a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for literature. He died in 1996.
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2 3% (3,739)
1 1% (994)
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