- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (16 Oct. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857235800
- ISBN-13: 978-1857235807
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.9 x 18.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is December 1999, the dawn of the millennium, and 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 is 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Dazzling...Contact becomes the greatest adventure of all time. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Imaginative flair...The Sagan wit on full display...Contact jabs at commericalism, nationalism, sexism ... THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Contact [deals] with issues... worth pondering... The range and depth of ideas is quite uncommon (The New York Times Book Review)
A masterly piece of work blending adroit characterisation and flights of scientific fancy that spring from today's fact (Belfast Telegraph)
A feast of marvels (San Francisco Chronicle)
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)
Like a good mystery, Contact keeps us curious to the end... Ingenious and satisfying (Newsweek)
A splendid story whose appeal is universal (Yorkshire Post)
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)
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)
Grand and vivid... a lot of fun (The Village Voice)
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)
An astonishingly exciting, precise and involved book (Sydney Sunday Telegraph)
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a super SF novel, but it's more than that. Throughout the book, Carl Sagan's love and hope for the human race shine through.
Eleanora Arroway, a woman who has known her fair share of bad times in her life, eventually becomes the head of a space center which listens for messages from intelligent extraterrestrials. Against all the odds, a message is discovered and deciphered. Instead of being a message telling us how to create the perfect society, or a religious revelation, it turns out to be a blueprint for a highly-advanced machine.
Do they dare build it? And if they do, what will the machine do? Religious fundamentalists battle with governments and scientists to destroy the project. For the machine, chillingly, is clearly designed to carry a team of people...
If the machine is built, who will ride in it, and where will it take them? You will have to read it to find out!
This book has been made into a movie, but, although it's good, I felt that it did not really do justice to the book. This is one of the finest SF novels I've read - great characters, a gripping plot, high adventure, and to cap it all, a wonderful ending (which is not the same as the movie). An uplifting book which I recommend to one and all. Simply fab!
I was not in the least disappointed.
This is a conciousness altering book that provides food for the soul.
Inspiring, deeply moving and full of a wonder that makes you feel young again.
Immediately after finishing Contact I went outside and gazed up at the stars. And smiled.
To be honest if i hadn't seen the film I don't think I would have finished the book. You are a bit blinded by science and most of it I only understood because I had seen the film.
I gave it four stars as it is an excellent film and the book is very much the same just in more detail.
Watch the film first though
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's actually not a bad book at all. It's better than the film, which I saw many years prior to reading the novel. I found the ending more satisfying than the film adaptation.Published 6 months ago by MikeHotel
Very good in parts, but strays off the storyline a bit too far in others. I have to confess, I love the film and thought I'd read the book as they're generally a bit better than... Read morePublished 9 months ago by -Richard-
I bought this on the strength of the marvellous film starring Jodie Foster. The film was exciting and inspiring, the book is, as you'd expect from Carl Sagan, heavy on scientific... Read morePublished 9 months ago by MaxC
Bought this thinking it was a classic that needed to be added to my library but I didn't enjoy it at all.Published 10 months ago by L. Newman
The physics aspects were interesting with some nice ideas, but the philosophical/religious parts were hardgoing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ESES
Having seen, and thoroughly enjoyed, the film, I looked forward to finally reading
the book. The basics are the same - young lady working with radio telescopes
out in the... Read more