Essay
A Sign in Space: an Essay by Thomas Moynihan

Humans are curious creatures, and curious creatures search for answers. This is why our
kind has always searched for signs — signs of sagacity or of solution to our woes —
everywhere we look in this universe.

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Essay
A Look Behind the Sign
by Chelsea Haramia

Imagine that aliens have found us. They appear to have sent us a message. What might
it say? And what could this mean — for us and for them?

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Poem
Speculating on the Impact AS IS

I am happy, grateful to consider the idea of an alien contact outside of the earth’s sphere, verified through science, as a thought exercise. I wanted to start with what might be the first, initial reaction on an individual level and then fan out to larger, global implications. This brief essay is a compliment to my live presentation/workshop that can be found online via this project and the SETI Institute.  

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Poem
SIXTEEN DAYS IN JUNE

by William Dowd

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Image
A collection of images prompted by digital creator Szymon Karpierz

A collection of images prompted by digital creator Szymon Karpierz, using AI and inspired by the decoding process of A Sign in Space. 

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Poem
Seven Challenges to ETI

A contribution by the poet Jaap Blonk.

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Poem
A nice passing

Italo Calvino in ‘A Sign in Space’ describes a godly alien named Qfwfq, who creates the first of all signs — a giant glyph installed beyond the edge of the Milky Way in order to mark a starting position for the rotary cycle of the galaxy, thereby giving this point a signature.

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Audio
Listening to Space
by Gregory Betts

Space is supposed to be silent, so it comes as a shock to learn how noisy it is out there. Before we even get to the prospect of listening to extra-terrestrial intelligence, we have to admit the sheer volume of the universe. Radio astronomy as a field and practice is less than a century old, […]

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