Dr. Bill Clancey’s forthcoming book on Mars

Dr. Clancey will be presenting at the CONTACT conference (see previous post). This is his book on Mars, soon to be published.  It’s in the spirit of George R. Stewart, who used the planetary perspective in Storm, Ordeal By Hunger, and Earth Abides.

CONTACT — in the spirit of George R. Stewart — a special conference


Announcing CONTACT 2012

• A Premier Forum for the Future •


Astronomers have given us a new bucketful of worlds to consider for habitable planets and inhabitable star systems. At CONTACT 2012 we will explore this new galaxy of possibilities with NASA and SETI scientists, noted science fiction authors, artists, composers, and others.  (See the list at the bottom of the page.)


CONTACT 2012 will be held on March 29-April 1 at the Domain Hotel in Sunnyvale, CA. Friday sessions will be held at the SETI Institute.  Our keynote speaker will be SETI pioneer Frank Drake.


In 2010, CONTACT celebrated the start of its second quarter century with a resurrection of our original focus on COTI (Cultures of the Imagination). The event was such a success that we will again return to the thrilling days of yesteryear at CONTACT 2012 with COTI Classic. Human and alien teams will be recruited from our presenters and audience; and Contact between the teams will bring the conference to a climax on Sunday. This will please those longtimers who have been clamoring for a return for years, and newcomers who can now join the event that made our initial conferences so successful.  Award-winning science fiction author Larry Niven will act as COTI advisor and trouble-shooter.


Since CONTACT’S birth more than 25 years ago our exciting and responsible speculation has made our conference and organization unique and fun.

CONTACT remains committed to its original interdisciplinary, creative and scientific approach to humanity’s future. As usual, we will offer symposia on a wide range of topics, with speakers sharing new ideas with the audience.  Our program will be updated on our website:


Don’t miss CONTACT 2012!  Register and reserve your room NOW!  Early bird registration prices until February 15.  Register on our website.


Looking forward to working and playing together …


Participants:  Phil Aaberg, Karen Anderson, Penny Boston, Bill Clancey, Bruce Damer, Kathryn Denning, Frank Drake, Donna Duerk, Dennis Etler, Chris Ford, Gus Frederick, Jim Funaro,  Roberta Goodman, Al Harrison, Randall Hayes, Tom Hoffman, Jeroen Lapré, Rob McCann, Larry Niven, Gerald Nordley, Jim Pass, Doug Raybeck, Reed Riner, David Sanborn Scott,  Donald Scott, Michael Shermer, Seth Shostak, Melanie Swan, Robert Tyzzer and Israel Zuckerman.