• NYC book club to feature Sagan family book

    On December 10, the Secular Humanist Society of New York book club will discuss Acquiring Genomes by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan; details here (Carl Sagan’s The Varieties of Scientific Experience has been featured in the past).

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  • Sounds of Earth

    Probably the most humanizing and often talked about aspects of Voyager is the Golden Record… humanity’s message to the unknown. Here you can listen to just a few of NASA’s original recordings that were featured on the record.

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  • "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors" screening in NYC

    The 1964 film by Sergei Paradjanov which provided the title for Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan’s book (and whose DVD release was noted here previously) is being screened, in a new 35mm print with subtitles, at Anthology Film Archives in NYC on the 21st and 23rd. AFA’s website describes it as “[a] boldly conceived and [...]

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  • new blog: According to Carl Sagan

    There’s a brand-new Sagan-related blog in town; topics in the 4 posts so far have ranged from the evolutionary origins of sports to neglected rocket pioneer Robert Goddard. Since Carl weighed in on a truly wide variety of topics, there should be plenty of material to blog about. (Hat tip: Francois Tremblay; cross-posted to my [...]

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  • Across the Universe

    Thomas Mallon has an article in the most recent issue of The Atlantic about solar sailing and The Planetary Society. In the article he interviews Ann Druyan and Louis Friedman. As friends of Carl Sagan you all are probably familiar with the concept solar sailing, but for those that don’t know, here is an excerpt [...]

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  • "Carl Sagan Lives On" livejournal community

    As the title suggests, on LiveJournal, there’s a community called “Carl Sagan Lives On”, described as “an open community dedicated to the life, wisdom, and legacy of Carl Sagan.” It’s been running since 2003, with 94 posts in total; the number of posts has tapered off recently (only 6 posts in 2008), but maybe this [...]

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  • Cosmos is now on Hulu

    Well, the website which has become known for offering up full-length TV shows (and a few movies) for free, ad-supported viewing (with a selection including a good amount of genre shows from The Addams Family to Firefly, but very light on science shows, and no, this doesn’t count) has added the complete run of Carl [...]

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  • Ann Druyan special on Equal Time for Freethought

    Today, to mark Carl Sagan’s birthday (he would have been 74), the WBAI radio program Equal Time for Freethought broadcast a special interview with Sagan’s widow and collaborator Ann Druyan (the half-hour interview was originally intended for a fund drive show in September, but not aired in its entirety until now). An audio permalink will [...]

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  • Carl Sagan in Time Warner Presents The Earth Day Special (1990)

    One of Carl Sagan’s more obscure movie appearances is in a video tribute to the environmental holiday produced by Time Warner in 1990. The special mixes its message with entertaining cameos by a wide array of pop culture celebrities, from Christopher Lloyd reprising his role as Doctor Emmett Brown from the Back to the Future [...]

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  • Contact on TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar

    On Sunday, February 24th, Turner Classic Movies will be airing Contact as part of this month’s “31 Days of Oscar”, in which Academy Award-winning movies are showcased. Check out the TCM Movie Database entry for the film. Sean Axmaker provides an excellent overview of the film, from the production history to the issues and themes [...]

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