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Man and The Stars: Contact and Communication With Other Intelligence - Duncan Lunan

Book Club Associates, 1974, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with slightly heavier fading at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.

Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Contact with civilisations from another galaxy has been a science-fiction dream for nearly a century — but what if it were happening today ? Duncan Lunan believes, with Arthur C. Clarke, that man’s emergence into space is the most important step in evolution since life on Earth left the seas for dry land. He sees man’s exploration of space as his only alternative to regression, and he believes that we should start preparing ourselves for it. In 1972, as President of the Association in Scotland for Technology and Research in Astronautics (ASTRA), he chaired a series of discussions on interstellar travel, led by experts in the technology, astronomy, logistics and psychology of space exploration. The discussions examined the probable aims, means and problems of an Earth programme to find other planets suitable for life, to set up colonies there, and make possible contact with other civilisations. The findings of the conference led to the writing of this book, which reads like science fiction, yet keeps reminding us that the miracle is possible for man. The chapter on space navigation — involving time dilation due to relativity-effect, faster-than-light travel and ‘holes in space’ — is as liberating to the imagination as Kubrick’s ‘2001’. Before the book was complete, however, an extraordinary development took place. Lunan was able to decipher a set of mysterious radio signals received in the 1920’s, as a series of star maps, apparently transmitted by a space-probe circling the earth. The messages pointed to an origin in the constellation Bootes 13,000 years ago — from a planet long uninhabitable. Had he stumbled upon an SOS signal from a civilisation searching for another home before its own planet burned up in the heat of its expanding sun? Did those far-off intelligences found their colony in time? Are they even now possessed of the knowledge that we exist ? Man and the Stars not only analyses these mind-blowing possibilities, but links them with possible evidence from the past that space-ships from Epsilon-Bootis have been here before. Contact with other intelligences, Lunan insists, can be a liberating adventure — or a disaster. Preparation must begin now.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼"
Number of Pages: 324