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Storytelling with Science: A Conversation and Book Signing with Sarah Scoles

"Making Contact" book cover by Sarah Scoles "Making Contact" is an examination of the science behind the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and the life of its pioneer, Jill Tarter, the inspiration for the main character in Carl Sagan's "Contact." Jill Tarter is a pioneer, an innovator, an adventurer and a controversial force who is not afraid to ask big questions about the universe and whether or not we are alone within it. Obsessed with "Contact" as a young teenager, author Sarah Scoles eventually became a journalist and decided to write about the real person behind that fictional story. In this talk, she will discuss how the book came to be, what it's like to ask people invasive questions about their lives so you can recreate them on the page, why the SETI Institute and Tarter seemed important to chronicle and how to incorporate real science and real scientists into storytelling. 

The event is hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Department of English.