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Sagan Song Wins Prize
For more information contact: Dr. H. Paul Shuch, Executive Director
(201) 641-1770, or email info_at_setileague_dot_org

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thumbnail PHILADELPHIA, PA.., November 19, 1997 -- For the third straight year, a SETI League song has won honors at the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society's annual convention. At the recent Philcon, "Cosmic Carl" was awarded a first place trophy in the literary group's science songwriting competition. The song, written by SETI League executive director Dr. H. Paul Shuch, honors the memory of Dr. Carl Sagan, longtime champion of the Search For Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), who passed away last December. Dr. Shuch's various astronomy and space songs have been performed at science meetings around the world, as well as on radio and television in the US, Canada, and throughout Europe.

The nonprofit, membership-supported SETI League, which now boasts over 700 members in 36 countries, is engaged in a radio search of the heavens for signs of other life. To help maintain public interest in SETI, they also publish Sing a Song of SETI, a collection of songs about radio astronomy and the search for life in space, sung to various popular and traditional melodies. The songbook includes "The SETI League Anthem," which in 1995 received a second place award at Philcon, as well as last year's first-place winner, "The Rock That's On the Fourth Rock From The Sun," dealing with the discovery of possible fossilized micro-organisms from Mars. Sing a Song of SETI is available for a tax-deductible $10 contribution to The SETI League, Inc., PO Box 555, Little Ferry NJ 07643. Songbook proceeds go toward conducting the SETI League's Project Argus search, an all-sky survey which will ultimately involve 5,000 amateur radiotelescopes deployed worldwide.

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, 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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