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Offline Quetzalcoatl

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So what is "Contact" like?
« on: July 30, 2015, 05:27:09 PM »
You know, Carl Sagan's only science fiction book.

I've seen it described as a manifesto against woo, or an illustration of what humanity could achieve if we worked together for a greater goal.

Has anyone here read it? thoughts on it+ How is the book compared to the movie (I have neither watched the movie or read the book)?
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Re: So what is "Contact" like?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2015, 05:43:13 PM »
Read it once, ages ago.  My memory of it is that it was fine.  Neither good enough nor bad enough to be memorable.
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Re: So what is "Contact" like?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2015, 05:52:57 AM »
Its been awhile, should read it again but here goes:
Heavy on the science part and that is what keeps the book ticking. Not a great SF book, but a good treatment of what if we made contact. Which does not make much sense since good SF can do that very well, but it lacks a bit of colour.

The movie had better characters and I wish the book had that in additions to the science. If you are after Carl Sagan's manifesto against woo, that would be "Candle in the Dark".
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Re: So what is "Contact" like?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2015, 06:32:47 AM »
I feel the movie has a quite realistic protagonist who has an influence in the first half. The interaction with the religious philosopher is pretty interesting. It has a nice twist at the end.

 

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