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Free read ☆ Contact Author Carl Sagan Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Alternate cover edition of ASIN B01NGT5T6APulitzer Prize winning author and astronomer Carl Sagan imagines the greatest adventure of all the discovery of an advanced civilization in the depths of spaceIn DAlternate cover edition of ASIN B01NGT5T6APulitzer Prize winning author and astronomer Carl Sagan imagines the greatest adventure of all the di. This book is all about Vegans Just not the kind you're thinking about35 Interesting first contact with aliens but the writing was uite dry

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Scovery of an advanced civilization in the depths of spaceIn December of 1999 a multinational team journeys out to the stars to the most awesom. Contact Contact NoTo make a long story short this is probably an excellent book but I failed to make contact to connect to the characters Feeling sorry about that I decided to read Sagan’s nonfiction instead to give him another chanceThe problem I had with the novel was similar to my experience with 2001 A Space Odyssey but on a bigger scale I have no doubt that Sagan’s visions and ideas on extraterrestrial lifeforms are much erudite than other science fiction I have read where technology and cosmology are deliberately left vague But that was part of the problem I never once had the impression that he was telling me a story but rather that he was explaining his fictional findings He even explained the characters’ thoughts and actions rather than letting them act them out Dialogues especially the philosophical scientific and theological discussions were polite exchanges of positions and information There was absolutely no sense of humour involvedWhat I learned from my most recent science fiction readings are two things I do not want scientists to “fictionalise” their teaching Neither historical fiction nor speculative science fiction interest me as a rule mainly because I prefer to read the nonfiction they are based on and make up my own mind on the topic That was something I also experienced in Peter Ackroyd’s The Lambs of London which I found to be a very weak novel I have yet to discover his nonfiction which I have heard is based on solid research and well written The exception to the rule is if science or historical fiction is written not with the purpose of explaining science history but to show certain character and plot developments that are relevant in our society to tell me something about human interaction and behaviour or to poke fun at our way of perceiving the future or past I would count Douglas Adams or John Wyndham into that category for example Many authors of dystopian fiction appeal to me for that reason as well such as Margaret Atwood Kurt Vonnegut George Orwell and so onI have a few science fiction novels waiting I might change my mind In the face of new evidence that is what scientists would do That much I learned from the novel

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Contact Author Carl SagE encounter in human history Who or what is out there In Cosmos Carl Sagan explained the universe In Contact he predicts its future and our own. Sagan was a lucid and impassioned defender of rationality and clear thought Unfortunately his foray into fiction did little to increase the understanding of his philosophies and much to muddy the waters of once clear thought Inspired by Asimov and Heinlein he decided that fiction was as good a place as any to explore his ideas on science belief and wonderWhile we expect long in depth explanations from non fiction fiction readers want than just a lecture from the author They expect that the characterization plot and themes will build the author's case for them and in a way that will engage the reader without getting bogged down in rhetoricSagan's characterization and plotting are unrefined and he builds no suspense His characters often fall into cliche mere mouthpieces for Sagan to explore this or that view While Heinlein and Card are known and sometimes reviled for lecturing the reader they still returned to the story at hand and Heinlein at least made sure his asides were directed to his textThe complex the idea the difficult it is to show through character interaction and symbolism Anyone familiar with Sagan's non fiction work will immediately recognize the same arguments in Contact Without this foreknowledge the ideas become lost and muddledMany religious readers come away from this book with the sense that Sagan is condoning faith Sagan struggled in 'Contact' with the themes of 'wonderment' and 'the unknown' They became so intermingled and vague that they do seem to suggest spirituality In non fiction Sagan differentiated the minute points that separate his brand of rationality from religious faith but floundered when he found himself in unfamiliar watersWhen presenting an explanation for an idea he can warn against pitfalls and refine specific points Contrarily presenting such ideas through a story reuires that the symbolism of the story be extremely precise The examples in the text must elegantly illustrate the point without leaving leeway for alternative interpretations This is one of the hardest tasks any writer can set himself and Sagan's inexperience with fictional construction showed through hereSagan hoped to widen his audience to increase discussion and the understanding of his philosophy He wanted to ensnare the non scientific reader by couching scientific ideas in an entertaining story but in his inexperience he chose ideas much grander than his story could supportThis book is much accessible than most of Sagan simply because it is genre fiction It is then doubly unfortunate that most readers will know Sagan primarily from this work since it fails to communicate his ideas to new readers This book is likely to cause confusion and misunderstanding than to impart knowledgeThe vagueness of the book leaves it so open for interpretation that both the rational and irrational can grasp onto it to support their own ideas Sagan should have looked at the conflicts caused by similarly confusing symbolic books like the bible and stuck with the clear and concise writing that so often served him well