LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., October 11, 1997 -- The world lost its most eloquent science popularizer, and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) its staunchest proponent, with the untimely death last December of noted author and astronomer Dr. Carl Sagan. At next month's annual convention of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, SETI League executive director Dr. H. Paul Shuch will honor Sagan's memory in a science track presentation titled "SETI After Sagan: Where Do We Go From Here?"
"Carl Sagan served as a role model for many of us in the scientific community," explains Shuch. "He's left a void which cannot be filled. Now, thanks in part to the film version of his 1985 novel Contact, the general public is beginning to share his dream of interstellar communications. We in SETI are continuing the research once conducted by NASA, privatizing SETI as Sagan would have wanted." Shuch's Philcon '97 presentation will take place at 1 PM on Saturday, 15 November 1997 in the Delaware 4 room at the Adam's Mark Hotel, City Avenue and Monument Road, Philadelphia PA. Dr. Shuch can be expected to lead the audience in singing "Cosmic Carl," his musical tribute to Sagan, sometime during the presentation, and will be available for press interviews afterward.
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at http://www.setileague.org/, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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