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
To 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 chance.
The 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 more erudite than other science fiction I have read, wher ...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
He continues with this idea in Contact, although this is a work of fiction, more specifically, of science fiction. This is a science fiction of a different genre without laser beams or flying saucers or little green men.
Eleanor (Ellie) Arroway is a special chi ...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
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
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
I understand that real science is not like it is portrayed in the movies. It takes a lot of time and hard work to make a discovery, test the hypotheses, confirm the conclusion etc etc so its not really a surprise that this book’s pacing was much slower than most sci fi nov ...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
Contact is an interesting mix of hard science and the exploration of the nature of faith and truth, that does an excellent job at showing us how politics can mess everything up. It’s also a favorite of mine.
Dr. Ellie Arroway, an astronomer on a quest to find extra-terrestrial life, is the director of a group of scientists searching for out-of-planet signals. When a computer pi ...more
‘Yes, that’s just what Robert thinks’, said Manny. I couldn’t tell if he was s ...more
At first, I thought that Sagan’s main character, Ellie, was rather like Clarke’s ch ...more
It's an excellent look at Sagan's baby, the SETI project, & what might happen if a signal is detected. It would certainly change our view of the universe. I really liked how he handled the religious, political & military sides. People had to adjust the ...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
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
Though things were presented mildly and in a manner that could be considered cheerful in comparison, I found Sagan's cosmic existentialism similar to what I get to feel in Lovecraft's works. I admit its not Event Horizon, but Contact doesn't reveal anything in specifics too. It builds up the unknown, suggests even a debatable unreliability in protagonist's narrative and leaves the conclusion to readers. Sure, it suggests too much in the definitive l ...more
I haven't seen the movie, nor have I experienced the audiobook, and if I had more time in life I would perhaps try those two things in tandem with my reading. But I just can't seem to find t ...more