The Listeners

A classic of science fiction, this book predicted and inspired the creation of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)—the organization dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life. A tale of contact with alien life hailed by leaders of SETI organizations and today's leading science fiction authors as hugely influential, the story appeals to both science fiction readers and the hundreds of thousands of members of various SETI organizations.

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A classic of science fiction, this book predicted and inspired the creation of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)—the organization dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life. A tale of contact with alien life hailed by leaders of SETI organizations and today’s leading science fiction authors as hugely influential, the story appeals to both science fiction readers and the hundreds of thousands of members of various SETI organizations.


Praise for The Listeners:

“A fascinating . . . view of the many responses of mankind to the coming confrontation with intelligent aliens . . . First rate science fiction.” —Publishers Weekly

“A must for any library whose readers look beyond their feet.” —Library Journal

“One of the finest books of speculative fiction ever written . . . strong, thoughtful, marvelously human, and . . . without flaw . . . An unforgettable experience. —Harlan Ellison

“One of the very best fictional portrayals of contact with extraterrestrial intelligence ever written.” —Carl Sagan


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  • Pages : 306
  • Language : English
  • ISBN : 978-1-944387-15-0
  • Released : May 2017

about the author

James Gunn

James Edwin Gunn is an American science fiction writer, editor, scholar, and anthologist. His work as an editor of anthologies includes the six-volume Road to Science Fiction series. He won the Hugo Award for "Best Related Work" in 1983 and he has won or been nominated for several other awards for his non-fiction works in the field of science fiction studies. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America made him its 24th Grand Master in 2007 and he was inducted by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2015. Gunn is a professor emeritus of English, and the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, both at the University of Kansas.