August's Sci-Fi (Morning Session) - 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. This is our morning discussion session. Our afternoon session can be found here.

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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  • Bill K.

    Today’s discussion on Contact was OK. Clearly I was in the minority, I just thought of it as middle of the road. One of the group read Cosmos instead of Contact (I can relate since I did it on for an earlier session.) After listening to the conversation, was able to add that elements of Contact were in Cosmos. Crazy side bars such as one asking about how the audio version handled the Asian doctor’s voice, then gave a very mocking but creditable voice over of the American movies stereotypical handling of an Asian speaking, frankly everyone laughed. Obviously we had to be put back on track :). Somehow one of parts reminded someone of “Return of the Jedi” and related the person met some writers that declared the EWOKs were speaking Filipino in the film, but all they did was swear and curse. Also some laugher at that. It was a good session and I’m glad I read the book, but the conversation just wasn’t as ‘exciting’ and ‘passionate’ as other meet ups.

    August 24

  • Maria

    TNT is playing the movie version tomorrow at 11 am if anybody was interested in watching it. I know I've seen it, but all I remember is Jodie Foster in a weird spacesuit.

    1 · August 22

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