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Confessions of an Alien Hunter : A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, Hardcover by Shostak, Seth
Aliens are big in America. Whether they've arrived via rocket, flying saucer, or plain old teleportation, they've been invading, infiltrating, or inspiring us for decades, and they've fascinated moviegoers and television watchers for more than fifty years. About half of us believe that aliens really exist, and millions are convinced they've visited Earth. For twenty-five years, SETI has been looking for the proof, and as the program's senior astronomer, Seth Shostak explains in this engrossing book, it's entirely possible that before long conclusive evidence will be found. His informative, entertaining report offers an insider's view of what we might realistically expect to discover light-years away among the stars. Neither humanoids nor monsters, says Shostak; in fact, biological intelligence is probably just a precursor to machine beings, enormously advanced artificial sentients whose capabilities and accomplishments may have developed over billions of years and far exceed our own. As he explores what, if anything, they would tell us and what their existence would portend for humankind and the cosmos, he introduces a colorful cast of characters and provides a vivid, state-of-the-art account of the past, present, and future of our search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
For half a century, aliens have romped across the television and film screens and not surprisingly, this torrent of extraterrestrial visitors has led many among the public to believe that real aliens not only exist, but are visiting our planet. The UFO phenomenon has gone beyond being simply a popular myth; it is a cause celebre for many who feel that the government and the science establishment are conspiring to squelch the news of alien presence. Despite the drama and appeal of this argument, there's little evidence to support it. Yet a substantial number of scientists suspect that real aliens do exist. For several decades, a dedicated group of researchers has been looking for the proof--not in the skies above our homes, but among the vast, silent star fields of the galaxy. It's quite possible that by the year 2025, conclusive evidence for a civilisation light-years distant will be found. Reports of UFOs, which have taught us nothing, will be supplanted with a torrent of data, beamed from deep space on a radio wave or a laser beam. If that happens, what will we learn? What will the aliens be like, and what will happen to us? This informative and entertaining book investigates what we might discover somewhere out there, existing among the stars. It is likely that the true intellects of the cosmos are non-biological, and some of them will be privy to wisdom accumulated over ten billion years. What, if anything, they would tell us, and what their existence would portend for both Homo sapiens and the future of the universe, are the subjects of this book.
Looking back over the half century of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), senior astronomer Seth Shostak offers an enlightening and entertaining glimpse into the program's high-tech hunt for alien life. In the case above, the mysterious radio signal proved to be from a satellite-but it's quite possible that by the year 2025, SETI will find conclusive evidence of a civilization light-years from our home. If that happens, what will we learn from it? How will we respond? Will we ever come face to face with these alien beings? With stellar credentials and brilliant writing (chock full of humor that would make even Mr. Spock chuckle), Shostak brings insider stories and on-the-job insights to a captivating, controversial subject-one that may hold heightened importance for Earthlings in the not-too-distant future. Book jacket.