Confessions of An Alien Hunter

Confessions of An Alien Hunter

A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Describes the historical and current search for signs of extraterrestrial life in the universe, discussing the technology presently being used and speculating on the probability of success in the near future.

Book News
Shostak is senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in California, which runs the world's most sensitive search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and he contributes frequently to radio and print media. He describes his work, that of the Institute, and that of many others--mostly amateurs but some astronomy professionals working during their off-hours--to find evidence of other intelligence in the universe. His topics include news that would change the world, whether anyone would believe, whether they could be here already, turning ears to the skies, and beyond gray and hairless aliens. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781426203923
Branch Call Number: 576.839 Shostak 2009
Characteristics: x, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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