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by James E. Gunn

  • Author: James E. Gunn
  • ISBN: 1932100121
  • ISBN13: 978-1932100129
  • ePub: 1739 kb | FB2: 1864 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Publisher: BenBella Books; BenBella Books ed edition (December 11, 2003)
  • Pages: 216
  • Rating: 4.4/5
  • Votes: 283
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The Listeners ePub download

He won the Hugo Award for "Best Related Work" in 1983 and he has won or been nominated for several other awards for his non-fiction works in the field of science fiction studies

Cover design by Open Road Integrated Media. ISBN 978-1-4976-2932-5. My thanks go to Walter Sullivan's We Are Not Alone. I hope the title is right.

The Listeners by James Gunn was the first of the modern-era SETI radio-telescope .

The Listeners by James Gunn was the first of the modern-era SETI radio-telescope contact science fiction novels, and is the best. Listeners' author James Gunn is a Hugo-winning science fiction Grandmaster, ranked on a short list with Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, and other famous SFWA Grandmasters.

James E. Gunn "Is there anybody there?" said the Traveler, Knocking on the moonlit door. MacDonald heard them and knew that there was meaning in them, that they were trying to communicate and that he could understand them and respond to them if he could only concentrate on what they were saying, but he couldn't bring himself to make the effort. Back behind everything, lurking like a silent shadow behind the closed door, is the question we can never answer except positively: Is there anybody there?"

I The Listeners is the novel that inspired Carl Sagan to write Contact.

For fifty years Project scientists had listened from their backwater. I The Listeners is the novel that inspired Carl Sagan to write Contact. James Gunn certainly blazed new trails in writing this in the early 1970s and, while it does go places that Contact never does, it feels a bit dated now as the scientists are men & the women are wives or secretaries. Frankly Contact is a much better novel, so if you are interested in reading a novel about listening for alien life, I would recommend that.

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James Gunn’s masterpiece about a human fountain of youth collects the author’s classic short stories that ran in elite science-fiction magazines throughout the 1950s. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

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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.
Froststalker
Carl Sagan’s Contact seems to have mirrored much of this book.
The message, the prime numbers, Arecibo, political/religious controversies, etc. all seem to have been almost “lifted” from this earlier work.
But, to be fair, all of the ideas combined herein were thought up first by scientists (including Sagan) in the ‘50s and ‘60s and earlier.
And Sagan is quoted extensively in the book.
So it wasn’t really stealing.

Some naiveté about politics and economics, but, it was written 40 years ago.

And at the end, a shade of the danger posed in Fred Hoyle’s, A For Andromeda.

It is a great and classic work of first contact, anticipating SETI.

Highly recommended.
olgasmile
Good book. I loaned out my original book club edition back in late 70's. So this is a replacement. It turns out the book is quite prophetic. I'll leave it at that, would'nt want to spoil it for you. Definetely a good read.
Whitehammer
Incredible first contact book, well worth a read
Gigafish
there are some slow parts in the book but overall i enjoyed it. as with all online ebook purchases i always read the free introductions first before hitting the "buy now" button.
Ironrunner
The Listeners by James Gunn was the first of the modern-era SETI radio-telescope contact science fiction novels, and is the best.

Listeners' author James Gunn is a Hugo-winning science fiction Grandmaster, ranked on a short list with Heinlein, Asimov, Clarke, and other famous SFWA Grandmasters.

As he has explained in print, Gunn started writing what became the novel The Listeners in August 1965, inspired by Walter Sullivan's 1964 prize-winning nonfiction book about SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence), We Are Not Alone [a book highly recommended].

Consisting almost entirely of stories originally published 1968-1972 in science fiction magazines (Galaxy and others), some material was added and The Listeners was published as a novel in late 1972.

My jaw dropped when reading some of the misplaced criticism of this novel published in Amazon reviews. Stanislaw Lem's First Contact novel His Master's Voice was first published in English in 1984, a dozen years after Gunn's novel was published in 1972. That was nearly twenty-years after Gunn wrote the first section in 1965. Gunn's novella "The Listeners" was published by Fred Pohl in Galaxy magazine in 1968 before Lem's novel was published in Polish in Europe. Gunn did not steal from Stanislaw Lem.

And to imply that because story material is "dated" it somehow shouldn't be read is absurd. Like Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Austin's Pride and Prejudice, and Burroughs' Tarzan, Gunn's The Listeners is marvelously representative of its time and place.

In 2012, forty-years after it was first published as a novel, James Gunn's The Listeners is still an excellent and thought-provoking science fiction read. As a bonus, it says a lot about circa 1970 attitudes, science, and technology.

Some critical reviewers have claimed a lack of character development while others criticize the character's development. Because what was "politically correct" forty-years ago is not what's politically correct today, this is not a legitimate literary criticism of a 1972 novel. To paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, "He's a barbarian because he believes the current attitudes of his little tribe are laws of the universe."

Gunn "stole" from Walter Sullivan's nonfiction We Are Not Alone in the same sense that Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code "stole" from the nonfiction bestseller Holy Blood, Holy Grail, and Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove "stole" from Teddy Blue Abbot's nonfiction book We Pointed Them North. Such "theft" seems to be more the rule than the exception in successful fiction.

It is not fair to say, however, that Carl Sagan stole from James Gunn in Sagan's later novel Contact because (1) Sagan was the source material for portions of Sullivan's We Are Not Alone and (2) Gunn cites and acknowledges Sagan's 1966 book "Intelligent Life in the Universe" in The Listeners. Sagan used his own nonfiction material, which had been previously used by Gunn.

If you don't like quality science fiction written for adults, feel free to go back to whichever boy wizard, vampire, fantasy material that you've enjoyed. If you want to read period hard science fiction about SETI written by a Grandmaster, then read James Gunn's The Listeners.
Vathennece
I can't tell you if James Gunn's `The Listeners' is better than `Contact' simply because I haven't read Carl Sagan's book. But I have read Gunn's, and I can say that Sagan would have to have moved several planets in order to come close to the quality of `The Listeners.'
Scientist Robert MacDonald is the director of "The Project," a study of sounds coming from the stars. MacDonald firmly believes that life is out there and that intelligent beings will eventually communicate with humans. He and others like him have been listening for over 50 years, but they've heard only silence. Until now.
A cryptic message arrives, but what does it mean? With the threat of the project being shut down, MacDonald desperately seeks to keep his vision alive, but the cost is high.
`The Listeners' is much more than just a "first contact" story. The writing is excellent and the drama is far above what you would expect. The more we learn about communicating with other beings, the more we find we don't know about communicating with each other. An excellent read.
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Akta
On a desperate hunt one summer day for that science-fiction rarity -- a sci-fi story that followed actual scientific laws and did not try my intelligence and patience, I accidentally discovered two books at a used book store. One of these books was The Listeners.
I was in heaven that late summer. This was real science fiction. This book was fantastic! There were no "starships" or "Deathstars." There were only well-drawn, complex, and brilliant characters using their scientific and technical gifts.Obviously, as one reviewer had already observed, this "first contact" novel was the inspiration for Carl Sagan's work "Contact." In my opinion, "The Listeners" is the better-written book, even though I will always remain a huge fan of the late - and forever great - Carl Sagan.
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