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4.0 out of 5 stars First contact
It's surprising that this is the first review of what is a fairly seminal work. It helped get the real SETI (search for extra-terrestrial intelligence) going, and was recently nominated by astronomer Seth Shostak as a "lost SF masterpiece" in a New Scientist article. It's certainly the best I have read so far from the New Scientist list. Gunn's book is a thoughtfully...
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1.0 out of 5 stars david tate
i foumd the quotes in other languages annoying. the quotations between chapters were unnecessary and pointless. the plot was clever but in the end the novel was a missed opportunity.
Published on 11 Nov. 2010 by david tate


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4.0 out of 5 stars First contact, 9 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: The Listeners (Paperback)
It's surprising that this is the first review of what is a fairly seminal work. It helped get the real SETI (search for extra-terrestrial intelligence) going, and was recently nominated by astronomer Seth Shostak as a "lost SF masterpiece" in a New Scientist article. It's certainly the best I have read so far from the New Scientist list. Gunn's book is a thoughtfully written psychological study of obsessed individuals, at first struggling to keep their project going, then coming to terms with its very success. Indeed you could almost class it as serious mainstream fiction, but set in the near future, rather than as science fiction, containing as it does virtually no speculative "science" and no space travel. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Listeners, 9 Mar. 2012
This review is from: The Listeners (Paperback)
This book is an education for someone who is a keen science fiction reader. It doesn't spend its time on new technology but provides a deep insight into the people who are actually doing real science 'fiction'. The story tells about the search for extra terrestrial life and the lives of the people who do it, often for decades, with little chance of success. The ending is pretty good too. Its a really good read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars david tate, 11 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Listeners (Kindle Edition)
i foumd the quotes in other languages annoying. the quotations between chapters were unnecessary and pointless. the plot was clever but in the end the novel was a missed opportunity.
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