Carl Edward Sagan (1934-11-09 - 1996-12-20) was an American astronomer, science communicator, and author.
I first learned about Carl Sagan in middle school when one of my teachers showed us an except from Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. I thought his intonation was hilarious, but it was so memorable, it made me interested in what he was talking about. I has seen various clips from Cosmos later in school, sometimes on Nova, and much later on the Internet. I saw the film adaption of Contact not long after it came out, which I really enjoyed at the time, and that caused my to seek out the Cosmos series which I have since watched several times through. After finding Contact in hard cover for only a buck, I tried reading it and was surprised at how well-written it was. After that, I read several of Sagan's non-fiction books, and have enjoyed all of them.
If the rank is missing, I haven't yet read the book.
|The Cosmic Connection: An Extraterrestrial Perspective||1973-??-??|
|The Dragons of Eden: Speculations On the Evolution of Human Intelligence||1977-??-??|
|Broca's Brain: Reflections On the Romance of Science||1979-??-??|
|Cosmos||1980-??-??||US 1st edition, hardcover||5|
|The Cold and the Dark: The World After Nuclear War||1984-??-??|
|Contact||1985-09-??||US 1st edition, hardcover||2|
|Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: A Search For Who We Are||1993-10-??|
|Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future In Space||1994-11-08||4|
|The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark||1995-??-??||Paperback||1|
|Billions and Billions||1997-??-??||US 1st edition, hardcover||3|
|The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search For God||2006-11-02|
|Cosmos: A Personal Voyage||1980-09-28||1|