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WE CAN'T BE ALONE
The universe is a pretty big place. If it's just us, seems like an awful waste of space.
When I read this book, back then in 1997, I did it like a couple of months before of being able to watch the film adaptation. (And I am truly glad that I was able to get the movie in blu-ray, a few months ago in this year, 2014))
This is truly great novel and it's written by one of the most respected scientist in the field about science of ...more
I was just reminiscing on my younger self's condemnation (or at least his valid annoyances at the plot holes and some of the straight story elements), or the fact that I was trying to compare this classic SF work with other classic SF works that I was making my way through at the time and comparing them unfavorably because I wanted a lot more of the psychedelic naked singularity stuff and aliens, not just a long-winded optimistic synthesis of ...more
The heroine makes this comment about 2/3 of the way through this novel. She is trying to get across the idea that, if your god cannot encompass the knowlege which humans have so laboriously amassed over the millenia (which is only about two teaspoons worth in comparison to the enormity of the universe!), then there is something wrong with the god you've made for yourself.
A lot of what is going on in Sagan's book, it seems to me, is the attempt to explore and express the ...more
Contact piqued my interest immediately with a vivid portrayal of Ellie Arrowway, a two years old genius, figuring ou ...more
While we expect long, in-depth explanations from non-fiction, fiction readers want more than just a lecture from the author. They expec ...more
What is our purpose here?
Can humans live without institutionalized religion?
What are the dangers of extraterrestrial contact?
How did we come to exist?
Can science a ...more
I'm somewhat of a hard critic, but I had to give CONTACT five stars because it did something truly amazing~it helped me again embrace the wonder and awe I once felt for the universe as the geeky kid that adored science.
This book is thought-provoking, and absolutely beautiful to read. What can I say? It made my heart and soul sing.
As a child I was fascinated by the stars and universe, and even asked ...more
First of all, the entire novel is very different from the movie (that I love) which is fine. It is still about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and a complex message is received from Vega with instructions to build a machine and take a ride, but the telling is much more scientific, technical, political and religious in nature.
While some of the characters are the same, their relationships, for the most part, are surprisingl...more
Sagan's forte is definitely in non-fiction science popularization, and it is on display even in this work of fiction, where I'm sorry to say, it doesn't make for particularly good storytelling.
I was not surprised by the book's greatest ...more
‘Yes, that’s just what Robert thinks’, said Manny. I couldn’t tell if he was s ...more
Neuvjerljivo djeluje lakoća s kojom su se Rusi i Amerikanci dogovorili na suradnju i kako se kasnije cijeli svijet udružio u zajedničkom cilju.
No, Sagan je to napisao tako jer je, kao i znanstvenici u romanu, sa ruskim znanstvenicima mogao komunicirati samo ograničeno i to ga je smetalo. Znao je da ta zatvoren ...more
Likovi koji se pojavljuju u knjizi su fino opisani ali u sustini fokus nije na njima. Pa cak ni na Eli koja je nas glavni voditelj kroz celu pricu.
... jednostavno nisam dovoljno recit da posteno pohvalim ovu knjigu pa mogu samo reci d ...more
At first, I thought that Sagan’s main character, Ellie, was rather like Clarke’s ch ...more
ANYWAY, this is one of my all-time favorite books Ever. I think I saw the movie first and despite not really liking it, my interest was piqued by the book... and a big book, too. I really like long, good reads (chalk it up to my early interest in historical romance novels which for the most part - especially early Johanna Lindsey ones, none of her new crap - are long and big... haha) ...more
This book repeats back to me truths that I have I think I have always known. And it does it in the voice of a scientist, as written by the pen of a scientist. It points out the fallacies of religion, but not faith. It points out the weaknesses of government, but n ...more
[A 6-star rated book is the one that has been able to amaze me through more than 70% and above of its content ingredients. :) ]
Review: COMING SOON
Resplendent with both fears of the new millenium and mid-1980s nuclear jitters, I can't help but feel that this novel borrows much the film "Red Planet Mars," where astronomers get in touch with our planetary neighbor by broadcasting the number "pi" (and receive, in response, a broadcast of the Sermon on the Mount).
Though some of this tome appears quite dated from a technological aspect, and bound up in the context of the ...more
Izvrsno napisan roman, dobro se sjećam velikog užitka pri čitanju i zato čista petica.
Roman koji je pozitivan i daje nadu čovječanstvu (a to uvijek volim).
Film odličan - pogledao nekoliko puta.
Preporuka svima i za knjigu i za film poslije.
I liked Sagan and his "billions and billions" charm. I am sorry he is no longer sharing planet earth with us. As with all of his publications, Contact was well written, entertaining & educational. However, it left me wondering if Sagan truly was an agnostic. (or atheist?)
I hate to admit (& regret the fact) that the religious characters in the book do indeed reflect some Christian's attitudes and beliefs. There are times we (Christians) can do more harm than good ...more
Another thing I loved is that he had a female scientist as his protagonist, and a fe ...more
Yet: the novel redeems it self. Solidly. This is about aliens and first contact, yes. But really, it's about the nature of faith, of proof, of the mystery of the spirit within math and science. That is a thing of beauty. I came to the end of the book while in ...more