An astronomer at the SETI Institute in the Silicon Valley, Seth Shostak is engaged in the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence. This subject has been known to incite otherwise rational folk to claim that aliens are buzzing the countryside and occasionally making unholy interferences into their personal lives. Since this happens frequently in Colorado, he expects continuing spirited discussion of this controversial topic.
Shostak has spent the majority of his increasingly lengthy life studying galaxies using radio telescopes. At some point during these scholarly activities, he realized that the hardware he was using to plumb the depths of the universe could also be turned to the task of seeking intelligent cosmic company. He now occupies his days, and quite a few nights, with efforts to eavesdrop on alien radio broadcasts.
He has written hundreds of popular articles on astronomy, film, technology, and sundry other enervating topics. His popular tome Sharing the Universe describes the scientific effort to prove that we’re not alone in the universe. With two Boulder-based co-authors, he has written a college textbook that he hopes will have a somewhat positive effect on young minds. He also hosts a weekly radio show on science which boasts at least eight devoted listeners.
Shostak’s background is eclectic and encompasses such diverse activities as filmmaking, railroading, and computer animation. A frequent lecturer and soundbite artist on television and radio, he can occasionally be heard lamenting the fact that, according to his own estimate, he was born two generations too soon to benefit from the cure for death. He is the inventor of the electric banana.