[FPSPACE] FPSPACE Life Imitating Art? "The Listeners" novel and real, events....

Bill Wheaton bill at wwheaton.com
Sat Apr 25 21:20:43 EDT 2015


Dear Peter,

I had a similar experience in 1955 when I first read Arthur C Clarke's 
novel /Childhood's End/, which opened my mind to the range of 
possibilities for ET's.  I recommend it highly to anyone who does not 
know it, as I think it is his greatest, definitive, work.

It features a cosmic mind, apparently composed of an interconnected 
network of ancient civilizations, as our minds are networks of 
interconnected neurons.  Following Clarke's dictum, that a sufficiently 
advanced civilization looks like magic to us primitives, its powers and 
aims are almost unintelligible to humans.  Yet it is concerned with the 
nurture and development of humankind -- but in a way so alien that birth 
seems like death.

All the best

Bill W

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> When the Kepler telescope first started discovering planets left and right,
> it reminded me of a novel that I had read in the late 1970s, but I couldn't
> recall the name of it.  I searched my memory and any cues I could come up
> with to get the titling..
>
>   
>
> Yesterday, I finally was sucessful (I can thank De Witt Kilgore)  in
> locating the title of the novel that I had read.
>
>   
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> It is called "The Listeners" by James E. Gunn (published in 1972).
>
>   
>
> When I first read this novel, it had a profound impact on my views of what
> was possible in relation to extraterrestrial contact.
>
>   
>
> Here is a synopsis about the plot of the novel.  I keenly recall (now that I
> have seen it again) the cover of this book.
>
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> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Listeners_(novel)
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>   
>
> Some things:
>
>   
>
> a)-the novel has an African-American president as one of the main characters
> (this fictitious president also has short-cropped hair);
>
> b)-the author discusses habitable worlds, including one in the constellation
> of Auriga; and
>
> c)-there are descriptions of things that can be interpreted as virtual
> reality technology:  "holovision" as well as "VAFS", where one has a
> full-spectrum sensory experience (which I think is being worked on right
> now).
>
>   
>
> Currently, there has been a planet discovered (2012) in the Auriga
> constellation (using the KELT Earth-based two-telescope system in Arizona),
> but it is larger than Jupiter:
>
>   
>
> http://www.space.com/16189-weird-alien-planets-kelt-telescope-aas220.html
>
>   
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> But I am heartened that as more attention is focused on looking for
> extrasolar planets, we might yet find Capella...and orbiting a binary star
> system...
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> But just not yet.  But perhaps soon...
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