In December 1999, a multi-national team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who - or what - is out there
At first it seemed impossible - a radio signal that came not from Earth but from far beyond the nearest stars. But then the signal was translated, and what had been impossible became terrifying.
For the signal contains the information to build a Machine that can travel to the stars. A Machine that can take a human to meet those that sent the message.
They are eager to meet us: they have been watching and waiting for a long time.
And now they will judge.
Dazzling...Contact becomes the greatest adventure of all time. - ASSOCIATED PRESS
Imaginative flair...The Sagan wit on full display...Contact jabs at commericalism, nationalism, sexism ... THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Contact [deals] with issues... worth pondering... The range and depth of ideas is quite uncommon - The New York Times Book Review
A masterly piece of work blending adroit characterisation and flights of scientific fancy that spring from today's fact - Belfast Telegraph
A feast of marvels - San Francisco Chronicle
Who could be better qualified than the author of the highly successful Cosmos to turn the possibility of extra-terrestrial intelligence, and humankind's first contact with it, into imaginative reality? This is precisely what Sagan does in this eagerly awaited and, as it turns out, engrossing first novel... Sagan's informed and dramatically enacted speculations into the mysteries of the universe... make Contact an exciting adventure - Publishers Weekly
Like a good mystery, Contact keeps us curious to the end... Ingenious and satisfying - Newsweek
A splendid story whose appeal is universal - Yorkshire Post