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Contact (1985) [Novel]
by Ann Druyan Carl Edward Sagan Rating: Weighted - 7.8 / Average - 7.8 of 10 (37 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who -- or what -- is out there? In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future -- and our own.

Original title: Contact
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionAlien Beings
FictionScience FictionSocial Criticism


  • Contact (1985) was written by Carl Sagan, based on an earlier screenplay written by Sagan and Ann Druyan. Druyan did not contribute to the writing of the novel.
  • Dedication: "For Alexandra, who comes of age with the Millennium. May we leave your generation a world better than the one we were given."


Edition #1: Contact

Contact (1985)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Superb." United Press International
  • "A feast of marvels." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Dazzling.... Contact becomes the greatest adventure of all time." Associated Press
  • "Who could be better qualified than the author of the highly successful Cosmos to turn the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence, and humankind's first contact with it, into imaginative reality? This is precisely what Sagan does in this eagerly awaited and... engrossing first novel.... Sagan's informed and dramatically enacted speculations into the mysteries of the universe... make CONTACT an exciting adventure." Publishers Weekly
  • "The most eagerly awaited fiction debut of the season... Sagan has produced a joyous, optimistic paean of love about the future of mankind.... thoroughly engrossing." Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "Contact [deals] with issues... worth pondering.... The range and depth of ideas is quite uncommon." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Imaginative flair... The Sagan wit is on full display.... CONTACT jabs at commercial civilization, nationalism, sexism..." The Wall Street Journal
  • "Contact will amaze and delight you, and make you think. It will also make you proud and happy to be alive." The Baltimore Sun
  • "A call for reconciliation between science and religion... on the common ground of reverence for the magnificence of the universe... As uplifting as a trip to the stars." Wilmington News-Journal
  • "Like a good mystery, Contact keeps us curious to the end.... ingenious and satisfying." Newsweek
  • "Sagan's continuing compelling plea that we do not destroy the ineffable loveliness of life on this planet is present in every scene and phrase of CONTACT.... It is pleasurable and reassuring to read a popular author in whom the observable and scientifically imagined universe inspires excitement, humor, love, awe." Newsday
  • "If there is a God and He isn't in hiding, He will have left an unambiguous message. What will the message look like? Sagan's answer is stunning and satisfying." Los Angeles Times
  • "Goes to the very core of human experience... Sagan has made CONTACT with both the mind and the heart." Louisville Courier-Journal
  • "The pages literally shimmer when Sagan teaches us about... the search for intelligence in the universe.... This is Carl Sagan's attempt to make contact with us." Houston Chronicle
  • "Grand and vivid... a lot of fun." The Village Voice
  • "With terrestrials like Carl Sagan, who needs extras?" Time
  • "Sagan emerges as a master storyteller." The Christian Science Monitor
  • "Brilliant... a first-class adventure." Sacramento Bee
  • "Lyrical, seductive, good for the soul... As tireless proponent of man's rational, intellectual heritage, Sagan is without peer." Oakland Tribune
  • "Mindboggling." Fort Worth News Tribune
  • "Provocative and often very funny." Detroit Free Press
  • "Irresistible." Seattle Times-Post Intelligencer
  • "Truly gripping." Arkansas Gazette
  • "An abundance of riches." Atlanta Journal and Constitution
  • "A spellbinder... storytelling genius abounding... you can't put Contact down." Cincinnati Inquirer
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Contact (1999)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Tandem
ISBN: 9780785787822
Dimensions: 4.3 x 6.7 x 1.2 in
Pages: 448

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Contact (1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 0671004107
Dimensions: 4.1 x 6.6 x 1.3
Pages: 448

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Contact (1997)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Orbit
ISBN: 9781857235807
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.9 x 1.1 in
Pages: 432

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Contact (1989)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Pocket Books
ISBN: 9780671701802
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.8 x 1.2 in
Pages: 432

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Contact (1987)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Legend Books
ISBN: 9780099469506
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.5 x 1.3 in
Pages: 432

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Contact (1986)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Waterville, ME
Publisher: Thorndike Press
ISBN: 9780896216877
Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.5 x 1.4 in
Pages: 664

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Contact (1985)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9780671434007
Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.3 x 1.5 in
Pages: 432

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