Confessions of an Alien Hunter by Seth Shostak
A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

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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.

About Seth Shostak

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Seth Shostak is a scientist, author, and frequent commentator on TV and radio. He writes a monthly column on, and often lectures on his work at SETI. He lives in Palo Alto, California.From the Hardcover edition.
Published March 5, 2009 by National Geographic. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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No, I don’t own a radio telescope, but several years ago I downloaded a program, called SETI@Home, that exploits idle time on PCs to sift through radio scans for a sign, a signal, a squeak in the cosmic silence that might be the first testable piece of evidence that intelligent life exists outsid...

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