Contact

Contact☄ [PDF / Epub] ☃ Contact By Carl Sagan ✓ – Heartforum.co.uk 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 si 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.

Ann Druyan he was co producer of the popular motion picture Contact which featured a feminist atheist protagonist played by.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 580 pages
  • Contact
  • Carl Sagan
  • English
  • 20 September 2015
  • 9782266079990

10 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Alejandro says:

    A smart story crafted by a real space science guru WE CAN'T BE ALONE The universe is a pretty big place If it's just us seems like an awful waste of spaceWhen I read this book back then in 1997 I did it like a couple of months before of being able to watch the film adaptation And I am truly glad that I was able to get the movie in blu ray a few months ago in this year 2014This is truly great novel and it's written by one of the most respected scientist in the field about science of outer space Carl SaganReaders who enjoy techno thrillers in the style of Michael Chrichton I am sure that they will find this book the same as enjoyable Sagan is able to merge all his factual science knowledge with strong theories and very possible science fictionIf you want to read about a first contact with an alien intelligence in a form as real as possible this is your novel THAT MESMERIZING DARK SPACE For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through loveSagan never compromised his credibility as a real scientist just to sell cheap action in this novel This is a smart tale with many hard science but also it contains great characters with exceptional developingSince after all only science can't tell a story there must be people and people has feelings and you will perceive themHe knows what he is doing and you get a very realistic aproach of how you could expect the human civilization can deal with the impact of knowing that we are not alone in the universe anyIf you are looking for flying saucers blasting lasers and the army fighting bravely against them this is NOT your book I have nothing against that approach don't get me wrong I like that kind of stories too But I think that it's fair to have once in a while a mature angle to craft a story about the first meeting with an alien intelligenceYou have here a very intelligent story with a strong scientific backgroundNevertheless Sagan knows that a novel must entertain and you will be entertained but in a very adult and plausible way

  2. Emily (Books with Emily Fox) says:

    This book is all about Vegans Just not the kind you're thinking about35 Interesting first contact with aliens but the writing was uite dry

  3. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Contact Carl SaganContact is a 1985 hard science fiction novel by American scientist Carl Sagan It deals with the theme of contact between humanity and a technologically advanced extraterrestrial life formAs a child Eleanor Ellie Arroway displays a strong aptitude for science and mathematics Dissatisfied with a school lesson she goes to the library to convince herself that π is irrational In sixth grade her father and role model Theodore Ted dies A man named John Staughton becomes her stepfather and does not show as much support for her interests Ellie refuses to accept him as a family member and concludes that her mother only remarried out of weakness Contact a novel Carl Sagan London Arrow 1997 430 pتاریخ خوانش روز بیست و هفتم ماه مارس سال 2016 میلادیتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 01041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی

  4. Manny says:

    I was uite shocked when I saw the movie version and discovered that they had twisted the message 180 degrees In the book the heroine meets the aliens and is told that they have indisputable proof that the Universe was created by a Higher Power When she returns to Earth she has no immediate way to support her story but she has been given enough of a clue that she knows how to find objective evidence which she duly does She also makes another surprising discoveryIn the movie she comes back and can't justify her story in any way period So she is forced to tell people that they need Faith This is the opposite of what Sagan was saying For people who haven't seen the famous xkcd cartoon I hadn't until this morningI had not come across his letter until I saw it just now but apparently Sagan told Warner Brothers straight out that he was unhappy with what they'd done to the movie Ellie disgracefully waffles in the face of lightweight theological objections to rationalism

  5. Lisa says:

    Contact Contact? NoTo make a long story short this is probably an excellent book but I failed to make contact to connect to the characters Feeling sorry about that I decided to read Sagan’s nonfiction instead to give him another chanceThe problem I had with the novel was similar to my experience with 2001 A Space Odyssey but on a bigger scale I have no doubt that Sagan’s visions and ideas on extraterrestrial lifeforms are much erudite than other science fiction I have read where technology and cosmology are deliberately left vague But that was part of the problem I never once had the impression that he was telling me a story but rather that he was explaining his fictional findings He even explained the characters’ thoughts and actions rather than letting them act them out Dialogues especially the philosophical scientific and theological discussions were polite exchanges of positions and information There was absolutely no sense of humour involvedWhat I learned from my most recent science fiction readings are two things I do not want scientists to “fictionalise” their teaching Neither historical fiction nor speculative science fiction interest me as a rule mainly because I prefer to read the nonfiction they are based on and make up my own mind on the topic That was something I also experienced in Peter Ackroyd’s The Lambs of London which I found to be a very weak novel I have yet to discover his nonfiction which I have heard is based on solid research and well written The exception to the rule is if science or historical fiction is written not with the purpose of explaining science history but to show certain character and plot developments that are relevant in our society to tell me something about human interaction and behaviour or to poke fun at our way of perceiving the future or past I would count Douglas Adams or John Wyndham into that category for example Many authors of dystopian fiction appeal to me for that reason as well such as Margaret Atwood Kurt Vonnegut George Orwell and so onI have a few science fiction novels waiting I might change my mind In the face of new evidence that is what scientists would do That much I learned from the novel

  6. Adrian says:

    Review tomorrow 😬Well tomorrow has been and gone a couple of days ago and with family visiting I never had the chance to write my thoughtsI have the DVD of this book and know that I have seen it at least once as my reading of this book was accompanied by visual snippets of Jodie Foster as Dr ArrowayVisual snippets apart this is a wonderful First Contact novel and I have to say it always leaves me positive about the future of the human race It view spoiler may not turn out as positive as it could have done and that is probably the black side of humanity the politics but it still leaves me feeling that just maybe we will not destroy ourselves that we will go on and reach the stars hide spoiler

  7. Bradley says:

    I really hate it when I lose reviews Okay take twoI was just reminiscing on my younger self's condemnation or at least his valid annoyances at the plot holes and some of the straight story elements or the fact that I was trying to compare this classic SF work with other classic SF works that I was making my way through at the time and comparing them unfavorably because I wanted a lot of the psychedelic naked singularity stuff and aliens not just a long winded optimistic synthesis of science religion politics and philosophyBut now after having read a lot of so so average SF I can easily bump this one up because it balances everything on a good tightrope including the story elements and the characterizationsAnd I'm gonna face it I'm SERIOUSLY in need of good science and heavy optimism and reconciliations between disparate camps of philosophies Whoa was this novel exactly what the doctor ordered or what? I rocked to all the good science I jammed to the intelligent discussions whether they were religious political or even the ethics of science Of course the novel is about aliens and whether or not we're grown up too but that's all part of the big package and what a huge packageSagan is rightly considered a god I'm not alone in thinking he should have been writing tons novels either and not just this single masterworkSo if I ever get the chance to travel back in time and slap around my younger self I'll do it joyfully Sure the novel has a few plot and element faults but overall I'm rather amazed that so much was able to come out of the text As a whole the book itself is a synthesis and not only its messageOh and other than that I've seen the movie like a 10x24 times as if each iteration was a point in pi so it was also fun as hell picking out all the divergences between the book and the movie I was always pretty amazed that not only the spirit was intact but so was most of the piecesSure she wasn't alone on her little trip in the book but both ways were pretty great Want visual? Or do you want extrapolation and discussion and theory? Pick one Watch or Read Good either way I can enthusiastically recommend this novel to anyone

  8. L Greyfort says:

    Your god is too small The heroine makes this comment about 23 of the way through this novel She is trying to get across the idea that if your god cannot encompass the knowlege which humans have so laboriously amassed over the millenia which is only about two teaspoons worth in comparison to the enormity of the universe then there is something wrong with the god you've made for yourself A lot of what is going on in Sagan's book it seems to me is the attempt to explore and express the wonder that is offered by scientific investigation and knowledgeThe story of the world cooperation to build the Machine to travel into the galaxies and the subseuent breakdown of that cooperation is a further examination of the conflict between humans who desire to get beyond themselves and those who are too fearfulthreatenedself absorbedpower hungry to embark on that journey Sagan spends a lot of time in this book giving us an idea of the humongous extent of the universe and thereby offering his own vision of the transformative possibility inherent in that investigation The film of this novel cops out of course; the film industry is too scared of organized religion to relay the story Sagan is actually telling belief in something larger than yourself is easy just look up around down in

  9. J.G. Keely says:

    Sagan was a lucid and impassioned defender of rationality and clear thought Unfortunately his foray into fiction did little to increase the understanding of his philosophies and much to muddy the waters of once clear thought Inspired by Asimov and Heinlein he decided that fiction was as good a place as any to explore his ideas on science belief and wonderWhile we expect long in depth explanations from non fiction fiction readers want than just a lecture from the author They expect that the characterization plot and themes will build the author's case for them and in a way that will engage the reader without getting bogged down in rhetoricSagan's characterization and plotting are unrefined and he builds no suspense His characters often fall into cliche mere mouthpieces for Sagan to explore this or that view While Heinlein and Card are known and sometimes reviled for lecturing the reader they still returned to the story at hand and Heinlein at least made sure his asides were directed to his textThe complex the idea the difficult it is to show through character interaction and symbolism Anyone familiar with Sagan's non fiction work will immediately recognize the same arguments in Contact Without this foreknowledge the ideas become lost and muddledMany religious readers come away from this book with the sense that Sagan is condoning faith Sagan struggled in 'Contact' with the themes of 'wonderment' and 'the unknown' They became so intermingled and vague that they do seem to suggest spirituality In non fiction Sagan differentiated the minute points that separate his brand of rationality from religious faith but floundered when he found himself in unfamiliar watersWhen presenting an explanation for an idea he can warn against pitfalls and refine specific points Contrarily presenting such ideas through a story reuires that the symbolism of the story be extremely precise The examples in the text must elegantly illustrate the point without leaving leeway for alternative interpretations This is one of the hardest tasks any writer can set himself and Sagan's inexperience with fictional construction showed through hereSagan hoped to widen his audience to increase discussion and the understanding of his philosophy He wanted to ensnare the non scientific reader by couching scientific ideas in an entertaining story but in his inexperience he chose ideas much grander than his story could supportThis book is much accessible than most of Sagan simply because it is genre fiction It is then doubly unfortunate that most readers will know Sagan primarily from this work since it fails to communicate his ideas to new readers This book is likely to cause confusion and misunderstanding than to impart knowledgeThe vagueness of the book leaves it so open for interpretation that both the rational and irrational can grasp onto it to support their own ideas Sagan should have looked at the conflicts caused by similarly confusing symbolic books like the bible and stuck with the clear and concise writing that so often served him well

  10. Apatt says:

    As far as I know Contact is Carl Sagan's only novel This makes him almost the Harper Lee of sci fi though he did write boatloads of sci fact books Not being much of a nonfiction reader this is my first encounter with Carl Sagan's writing I already feel like it is a shame that he only wrote the one novel; though I am sure the world is than compensated by his other output Contact piued my interest immediately with a vivid portrayal of Ellie Arrowway a two years old genius figuring out how a radio works and fixing a tube by straightening a bent prong The girl’s thought processes throughout this scene are very clearly described From there we follow Ellie’s growth into adulthood and becoming the director of “Project Argus” a radio telescope institute for research into SETI “search for extraterrestrial intelligence” One day a message ostensibly from the Vega system 25 light years from Earth is received Initially it seems like just a looping series of prime numbers remarkable in itself but of no practical value Later a careful analysis of the modulations in the transmission reveals hidden messages making the broadcast a kind of space palimpsest One of the hidden messages turns out to be a blueprint for a mysterious machine containing five comfy chairs Well nobody expects the Spanish InuisitionI was fascinated by the hard sf aspect of Contact Sagan’s popular science writing skills serve the readers well here the science expositions in this book are generally understandable and often fascinating I also had a feeling that Sagan is enjoying the relative freedom of writing fiction even though he clearly seems to have a preference for writing nonfiction In any case this novel is partly autobiographical in that SETI was an important part of Sagan’s career He has clearly thought out the worldwide implications of humanity receiving a communication from an undisputed extraterrestrial intelligence The hitherto impossible level of cooperation between unfriendly countries to use their radio telescopes to help pick up and compile parts of “The Message” received as the Earth rotates The panic and condemnations from some religious leaders are all too believable Contact is also a platform for Sagan to explore religion from his agnostic point of view I really appreciate that he is not overbearing about his agnosticism and it is just one aspect of this book of many facets The diametrically different viewpoints between Ellie and a religious figure are articulately argued on both sides but the agnostic view seems convincingly presented Ellie is basically a mouthpiece for the author at this point It is interesting that Sagan seems to think that both atheists and Christians presume to know too much taking their conjectures as fact Agnosticism is presented as the happy mediumEven though I had a sense that Sagan enjoyed writing Contact very much it does not mean that the novel is a romp or a hoot It is mostly narrated at a deliberate thoughtful pace and only ramps up a bit when the alien designed Machine is activated and weird sci fi ness ensues I thoroughly enjoyed and admire Contact it is thought provoking fascinating and even educational I wish he had written a seuelA word about the 1997 Movie AdaptationI remember uite liking the movie and Jodie Foster is always great However while I enjoyed the movie for what it was I was disappointed in it as a sci fi movie For the longest time it dissuaded me from picking up the source material Having just read Sagan’s novel it seems as if the filmmaker has somehow de sci fied it making the movie rather ambiguous about whether the aliens really did send a message or Ellie is simply off her rocker In a single brief scene the movie clearly implies that the aliens are indeed real but by then I think the damage is already done The movie feels like a fairly decent human drama than an intelligent sci fi film Carl Sagan was also not happy about the adaptation though he passed away before it was finishedThe book is overtly spectacularly unapologetically sci fi

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