August's Sci-Fi - Contact by Carl Sagan

Please join us as we discuss Contact by Carl Sagan, winner of the 1986 Locus Award for Best First Novel. The novel emerged out of a stalled screenplay Sagan co-authored with Francis Ford Coppola. The novel was later adapted into a film by Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan. The book is of moderate length, at about 580 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. We will add a smaller morning session 1-2 weeks prior to give as many people as possible a chance to attend.

From Amazon:

It is December 1999, the dawn of the millennium. 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's 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.


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm two nights before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Prashant

    Interesting discussion, with a variety of comments and ideas.

    August 24

  • Samuel L.

    At the discussion today I mentioned more people take advanced science today than in the 1980s. Here are the numbers. In 1987 only 16.6% of that year's high school grads had taken the combination of biology, chemistry, and physics, compared to 30.1% in 2009. Only 20% had taken physics, compared to 36.1% in 2009. Only 44.2% had taken chemistry compared to 70.4%. Only 49% had Algebra II compared to 75.8%. So it is up, but still the vast majority never get to physics.

    2 · August 24

  • Kent

    Very interesting discussion, and some good laughs, too. Was good to see such a solid turnout for the book.

    1 · August 24

  • Eric S.

    I caught some sort of bug either at Loncon or on the way home so I'd better stay home this weekend. I hope you have a great discussion!

    August 22

  • Brigid

    Hi, Everyone!

    Does anyone in the afternoon session want to switch with me and go to the morning session?

    Vijay said it's alright if we trade spots.

    Thanks in advance (and thanks Vijay for being so flexible). I look forward to seeing everyone on Sunday.

    August 20

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone! Now that we're less than a week away, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed, to avoid a no-show and give someone on the waitlist a chance to attend. Thanks!

    August 20

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