"Contact - A Novel" shows the true imagination together with amazing fact from the mind of the late Carl Sagan. Starting with the inquisitive mind of Eleanor Arroway, who after taking the family radio apart finds her mind asking all kinds of questions. This profound interest takes her from pillar to post in the education world, until she hits upon physics and astronomy. Here her journey begins to the stars. After inventing a ruby maser, she embarks on finding ET by becoming director of Project Argus. After a long time of listening to white noise finds a signal from Vega, a message that would change the view of the cosmos forever. Within the message (a televised Hitler broadcast) are blue prints for a machine, which would transport its passengers (5) to another part of the known universe. Unfortunately a primer is required and without the help of a genius known as Sol Hadden the machine would never be built. The machine until switched on, is not known for what it can and would do, but thought to be a "Trojan Horse" or a planet-destroying bomb. After the plans are constructed the machine is built and put to the test, however it is with much problems of relocation and sabotage. A select committee is formed and the five are chosen. The journey begins, and without leaving planet earth, or so it would seem. An outstanding work brought by one of the most imaginative scientists to grace the planet. A must for all!