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The Listeners (original 1972; edition 2004)
by James E. Gunn (Author), Freeman J. Dyson (Afterword), H. Paul Shuch (Introduction)
The Listeners by James E. Gunn (1972)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 034530036X, Mass Market Paperback)
A classic of science fiction, this book predicted and inspired the creation of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)—the organization dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life. A tale of contact with alien life hailed by leaders of SETI organizations and today's leading science fiction authors as hugely influential, the story appeals to both science fiction readers and the hundreds of thousands of members of various SETI organizations. This replaces 034530036X.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:28 -0400)
They have have been trying to decipher the eerie silence that resounds from space and now there is finally a sound. What does it mean? The message's intended meaning baffles Earth. Only one man can make that decision and it could mean intergalactic warfare if he makes the wrong choice.
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