First Contact

Ben Bova, Editor, Howard Zimmerman, Editor, Byron Preiss, Editor
Ben Bova, Editor, Howard Zimmerman, Editor, Byron Preiss, Editor Dutton Books $19.95 (337p) ISBN 978-0-453-00720-7
Reviewed on: 05/01/1990
Release date: 05/01/1990
This collection of essays and short stories on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), compiled by president emeritus of the National Space Society Bova and Preiss, a science editor, numbers among its contributors Philip Morrison, one of the founders of the field; Frank Drake, head of the SETI Institute; writers Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov. The thrust of the book is simple: with perhaps millions or billions of planets in the universe, chances favor the existence of life on some of them and, with advanced equipment and methodology, we may be able to contact that life. The scientific discussion is accessible to lay readers but many will question the felicity of including science fiction in this compendium. (May)
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