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"When Does SETI Throw in the Towel?", January 18, 2007.

"Making the Search Simple,", December 14, 2006.

"Listening for ET's Television,", November 9, 2006.

"Combing the Cosmos at High Speed: The Allen Telescope Array,", October 12, 2006.

"The Legacy of Star Trek,", September 14, 2006.

"Len Cutler (1928 - 2006)," SETI Institute Feature Article, September 7, 2006.

"Contact: What Happens if a Signal is Found,", August 17, 2006.

"Is SETI Barking Up the Wrong Tree?,", July 20, 2006.

"Why We Must Flee the Planet: The Geometry of Earth is All Wrong,", June 28, 2006.

"The Case for Transmitting to Space,", May 25, 2006.

"Earth's Moon: Best in the Solar System,", April 27, 2006.

"8 Worlds Where Life Might Exist,", March 23, 2006.

"Big Apes and Bad Biology,", March 2, 2006.

"The Holy Grail: Small, Rocky Worlds,", February 2, 2006.

"Transmitting to a Million Worlds,", January 12, 2006.

P.R. Backus, J.C. Tarter, M.M. Davis, J.C. Jordan, T.N. Kilsdonk, G.S. Shostak, R. Ackermann, D.R. DeBoer, J.W. Dreher, G.R. Harp, J.E. Ross, R. Stauduhar;  "Galactic Plane SETI Observations with the Allen Telescope Array", Bulletin of the AAS, 37, 1160, 2005.

"SETI and Intelligent Design,", December 1, 2005.

"Saving the Planet: Or, How Science Education is Good for Everyone's Future,", November 10, 2005. 

"Public Split on Alien Invaders and Spooky Specters,", November 3, 2005.

“The Day the Earth Stands Still,” Australian Sky & Telescope, October 2005, p. 24. (Cover story)

"Cranking Up the Allen Telescope Array,", October 6, 2005.

"Letter: Response to 'SETI Politics'," The Space Review, September 12, 2005.

"Lew Platt 1941 - 2005", SETI Institute Feature Article, September 9, 2005.

"A Sound of Thunder: A Movie That's Disarmed and Dangerous,", September 8, 2005.

"Turning a Bastion of Blimps into a Catalog of the Cosmos," San Jose Mercury News, August 28, 2005.

"Types Cast: Seth Shostak's Guide to Fictional Aliens," The Guardian, August 25, 2005.

"The Proof Is Out There..." The Guardian, August 18, 2005.  Also published in the Taipei Times, August 23, 2005.

"Extremophiles: Not So Extreme?", August 4, 2005.

" The Great UFO Debate ,", July 14, 2005.

" Spreading Antennas Around ,", June 28, 2005.

"Small World, Big Ripples," The Guardian, June 23, 2005.  Also published in The Hindu, June 24, 2005 and  Taipei Times, June 28, 2005.

"The Hitchhiker's Guide Gets Thumbs Up,", May 19, 2005.

"Philip Morrison, 1915 - 2005,", April 28, 2005.

"Who Dares, Wins... Or Do They?,", March 24, 2005.

"Lost for Words in Space," The Guardian, March 24, 2005.

"Orphan Planets: It's a Hard-Knock Life,", February 24, 2005.

"We Will Invent Our Successors," in 'We Are the Final Frontier,", The Guardian, February 10, 2005.

"Titan: A World of Its Own,", February 3, 2004.

"Dr. Seth Shostak Answers Your Questions About SETI," Universe Today, January 27, 2005.

"When Will We Detect the Extraterrestrials?" Acta Astronautica, 2004, 55, p. 753-758.

"New and Improved SETI,", December 30, 2004.

" Monsters From Outer Space ," The Guardian, December 9, 2004. (invited)

"What Do You Say to An Extraterrestrial?,", December 2, 2004.

"Common Sense and SETI," Mercury , November/December 2004, p. 25

"ET, Phone Earth," Atlantic Monthly, November 2004, p.58.

"Intelligence Gathering: The Study of How the Brain Evolves Offers Insight Into the Mind,", October 28, 2004.

"Life, the Universe and Everything: How Astronomy Addresses the Big Questions,", October 22, 2004.

"Why the Search for Life Drives Space Exploration,", October 14, 2004.

"Are We The Galaxy's Youngest Residents?,", September 30, 2004.

"What to do When ET Calls," The Guardian, September 9, 2004

"SETI@home Signal Story Sees Much More Than Meets the Eye,", September 3, 2004.

"Listening For a Whisper," Astronomy, September 2004, p.34. (cover story)

"Does ET Use Snail Mail?,", August 31, 2004.

"Alien Vs. Predator: What's Really Out There,", August 19, 2004.

"Emails Illustrate Fine Line Between the Brilliant and the Bizarre,", Aug 11, 2004.

"John Kraus: Radio Astronomer and SETI Researcher (1910-2004)," SETI Institute Feature Article, August 5, 2004.

"Our New Facilities on Whisman Road," SETI Institute Feature Article, August 2004.

"I, Robot, Ourselves: What Does Artificial Intelligence Tell Us About Humanity,", July 15, 2004.

"Final Frontier: Where Does it Really Begin?,", June 24, 2004.

"Commentary: NASA May Take a Licking, But it Keeps on Ticking,", June 8, 2004.

"When Weather (and Science) Goes Bad,", May 27, 2004.

"Case Against Little Green Men," (with Margaret Turnbull),, May 20, 2004.

"Book of the Month: What Does a Martian Look Like?" (book review), Focus Magazine ( UK), May, 2004, p. 84.

"Bricks of Life: Exploring the Idea of Alien Chemistry,", April 15, 2004.

"Cheap Communication Schemes for ET,", April 1, 2004.

"Adios Arecibo: Project Phoenix Moves On,", March 10, 2004.

"Report from Arecibo: It Just Keeps Getting Better,", February 19, 2004.

"Interstellar Espionage: While We're Watching Mars, Could Someone be Watching Us?,", January 22, 2004.

"Geologist on Wheels Takes Human Curiosity to Mars," San JoseMercury News, January 7, 2004. (op-ed piece (invited)
Also published in  The Australian and in the Peoria Journal-Star, February 22, 2004, p. A5.

"When will we detect the extraterrestrials?", Acta Astronautica, 55, 2004, p. 753.

"Big Telescope, Small Signals,", December 18, 2003.

"Seeing Extraterrestrials,", November 20, 2003.

"Can Aliens Find Us?,", October 23, 2003.

"Jupiter's Moons: 2 Aristotle: 0,", September 25, 2003.

"Mars Attracts!,", August 28, 2003.

"Panspermia: Spreading Life Through the Universe,", July 24, 2003.

"Aliens? We Must Talk – How Does July 2503 Sound For You?", The Australian, July 22, 2003, p. 11.

"Women of SETI,", June 26, 2003.

"Quantum Communication Between the Stars?,", May 22, 2003.

"Arecibo Diaries: The Romance, Drama, and Normality of the Observatory,", April 28, 2003.

"Arecibo Diaries: Is the Search Wishful Thinking or Hubris,", April 24, 2003.

"Arecibo Diaries: Traveling on a High-Tech Ship of Discovery,", April 22, 2003.

"Arecibo Diaries: Narrowing the Search,", April 18, 2003.

"Arecibo Diaries: Location is Everything,", April 15, 2003.

"Scientist Drills Down to the Science of "The Core",", March 31, 2003.

"How Can Humanity Decode Alien Transmissions,", March 27, 2003.

"Alien TV: Sorting Intelligent Signals from Witless Cosmic Noise,", February 20, 2003.

"Why We Must Still Go Boldly,", February 3, 2003.

"How to Sort Signs of Artifical Life from the Real Thing,", January 30, 2003.

"Size Matters - The Universe, Our Place in it, and the Star of Bethlehem,", January 2, 2003.

"Searching for Sentience: SETI Today," International Journal of Astrbiology, 2003 (in press).

"Interstellar Signal from the 70s Continues to Puzzle Researchers,", December 5, 2002.

"Search for Life in the Universe," Space Sciences (Pat Dasch, editor), Macmillan Reference, 2002, p. 84.

"SETI," Space Sciences (Pat Dasch, editor), Macmillan Reference, 2002, p. 170.

"Konstantin Tsiolkovsky," Space Sciences (Pat Dasch, editor), Macmillan Reference, 2002, p. 216.

"SETI and the Media," in Bioastronomy 2002: Life Among the Stars, IAU Symposium No. 213, ed. R. P. Norris and F. H. Stootman (ASP, San Francisco), 2002, p. 535.

"A Scheme for Targeting Optical SETI Observations," with Ray Villard, in Bioastronomy 2002: Life Among the Stars, IAU Symposium No. 213, ed. R. P. Norris and F. H. Stootman (ASP, San Francisco), 2002, p. 409.

"A Scheme for Targeting Optical SETI Observations" with Ray Villard, presented at Bioastronomy 2002 Conference, Hamilton Island, Australia, 2002 (in press).

"SETI and the Media" 2002, presented at Bioastronomy 2002 Conference, Hamilton Island, Australia (in press).

"Houston - We Have a Space Conference,", October 19, 2002.

"The Rio Scale,", October 13, 2002.

"Sex, IQ & ET: How We Got Big Brains,", September 26, 2002.

"SETI’s Prospects are Bright," (rejoinder to article by Ben Zuckerman), Mercury, September-October, 2002, p. 24.

"Meaning of Life,", August 29, 2002.

"Signs - Cropping Up at a Theater Near You,", August 8, 2002.

"Is E.T.'s World a Planet?,", July 25, 2002.

"Bioastronomy 2002: The Earth is a Tough Place,", July 15, 2002.

"Bioastronomy 2002: Planets a'Plenty,", July 12, 2002.

"Bioastronomy 2002: Scientists Look for Life,", July 11, 2002.

"Would Aliens Visit? ,, June 27, 2002.

"Should We Subsidize Amtrak? Absolutely", San Jose Mercury News, June 26, 2002 (op-ed piece).

"Intelligent Aliens? ,, May 30, 2002.

"The Digital Mystique? I Don’t Think So", San Jose Mercury News, May 26, 2002 (op-ed piece).

"Interstellar Amino Acid,", April 4, 2002.

"How Planets Form," Odyssey, April, 2002, p. 10.

"Alien Life: Perception Isn’t Always Reality," Strategies, Spring 2002, 37, p. 1 (Benjamin Cummings).

"What It's All About,", March 21, 2002.

"Biggest is Best,", March 19, 2002.

"Observatory Life,", March 14, 2002.

"Darn Site Better,", March 10, 2002.

"Tone From the Deep,", March 7, 2002.

"Race to Find Life,", February 28, 2002.

"Are We the Galaxy's Dumbest Civilization?,", January 31, 2002.

"Christopher Chyba, Astrobiologist and International Security Expert, Receives MacArthur Fellowship," Astrobiology, Vol 1, 4, 2002, p. 527.

"Ultimate Long Distance Call,", December 27, 2001.

"Fermi's Paradox III: Zookeepers, Alien Visitors, Or Simple Life; How Can We Explain Our Isolation,", November 29, 2001.

"Fermi's Paradox II: What's Blocking Galactic Civilization? Or Are We Just Blind To It?,", November 8, 2001.

"Seth Shostak Explains Why the SETI Institute Created a New Logo,", November 2, 2001.

"Our Galaxy Should Be Teeming With Civilizations, But Where Are They?,", October 25, 2001.

"SETl's Christopher Chyba Recipient of MacArthur Foundation Award,", October 24, 2001.

"Ghosts of Mars,", October 4, 2001.

"The Outlook for Cosmic Company," Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, James B. Miller, ed. Vol. 950, 2001, p. 289.

"Is ET Flashing Lights Our Way?", SETI News, 10, 3, 2001.

"Juanita Ryan: A Life Teaching Science," SETI News, 10, 3, 2001, p. 2.

"How Far is ET?,", August 16, 2001.

"Optical SETI Hunts For Bursts of Alien Data,", July 27, 2001.

"Eclipse Chasers: What's the Lure?,", June 20, 2001.

"In Search of Alien Lasers,", June 14, 2001.

"Radio or Light? How to Get in Touch,", May 2, 2001.

"The New Look," SETI News, 10, 3, 2001, p. 2.

"Technology Stalled?" SETI News, 10, 2, 2001, p. 2.

" Phoenix in the Spring," SETI News, 10, 2, 2001, p. 1.

"An Alien Signal: Being Sure,", April 6, 2001.

"So Long, Sol!" Odyssey Magazine, April, 2001, p. 12.

"World Diversity," SETI News, 10, 1, 2001, p. 2.

"A Message in an Interstellar Bottle," Foreign Service Journal, April, 2001, p. 19.

"The Future of SETI," Sky & Telescope, April, 2001, p. 42.

"Seth Shostak: Reflections on The Dish,", March 29, 2001.

"SETI@Arecibo: Observatory Life,", March 19, 2001.

"SETI@Arecibo: Arecibo is Better Than Ever,", March 16, 2001.

"SETI@Arecibo: The Plodding Pace of Discovery,", March 14, 2001.

"SETI@Arecibo: Bigger is Better,", March 12, 2001.

"SETI@Arecibo: How Do We Know the Darn Thing Works?,", March 9, 2001.

"SETI@Arecibo: Scientists Will Be Slow to Celebrate Any Contact,", March 6, 2001.

"Divining Life on Mars," 2001, California Wild, Winter, 2001, p. 36.

"SETI: What to Do if a Signal Arrives,", January 25, 2001.

"Life Near Jupiter," Odyssey, January, 2001, p. 12.

"Finding the Message in a SETI Signal,", December 27, 2000.

"Advanced Aliens: Why ET Will Be More Advanced than Humanity,", December 4, 2000.

"Jean Heidmann," (obituary) Physics Today, December, 2000, p. 85.

"SETI's Seth Shostak Reviews Red Planet,", November 13, 2000.

"Arecibo Diary: Big Dish, Big Hopes,", October 22, 2000.

"Arecibo Diary: Fourth Entry: Life in the Trenches,", October 19, 2000.

"Arecibo Diary: The Art of Observing,", October 17, 2000.

"Arecibo Diary: Second Entry: Scanning for Signals,", October 16, 2000.

"Arecibo Diary: First Entry: Evidence for Aliens,", October 13, 2000.

" Alliance," SETI News, 9, 2, 2000, p. 2.

"New Telescope Gets Go-Ahead," SETI News, 9, 2, 2000, p. 1.

"Mike Davis Gets on Board," SETI News, 9, 1, 2000, p. 6.

"Could SETI Fail?", SETI News, 9, 1, 2000,p. 2.

"Chuck Klein in NASA Hall of Fame," SETI News, 9, 1, 2000, p. 1.

"The Start of Something Big," SETI News, 9, 1, 2000, p. 1.

"SETI Merit and the Galactic Plane," Acta Astronautica, 46, 10, 649, 2000.

"In Touch at Last!," Science, Dec 3, 1999 (Winner of Science Magazine essay contest).

Five stories for ABC News online, Science section, on Arecibo Deployment:

"Keeping the SETI Faith ,"

"Stargazing from the Wilds ,"

"Odds of Intelligence Out There ,"

"Humans Work the Night Shift ,"

"Listening for E.T .,"

"Is there other intelligent life in the universe," Prospect Debate, Prospect magazine, June, 2000, p. 16.

"The 1hT Part 2," SETI News, 8, 3, 1999, p. 2.

" Phoenix Enters Adulthood," SETI News, 8, 3, 1999, p. 1.

"The 1hT, Part 1," SETI News, 8, 2, 1999, p. 2.

"A New Telescope for SETI?", SETI News, 8, 1, 1999, p. 5.

"Hoaxed Signal," SETI News, 8, 1, 1999, p. 2.

"Big Dish is Better than Ever," SETI News, 8, 1, 1999, p. 1.

"New Planets and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," 1999, chapter in Astronomy for Dummies, S. Maran, IDG Press (Chicago).

"Congestion on the Interstellar Interstates," Odyssey, October, 1999, p. 44.

"Threats from a Stormy Sun," Odyssey, October, 1999, p. 28.

"The Neutrino Enigma," Odyssey, October, 1999, p. 31.

"Martians, Microbes and the Quest for Life," review of Steven Dick’s book, Physics World ( UK), May, 1999, p. 46.

"The Moon and the Hunt for E.T.," Odyssey, April, 1999, p. 27.

Four stories for MSNBC online, Technology section, on Arecibo Deployment:

" The alien hunters are back at it ,"

" SETI sleuths track down the glitches ,"

" Expansive musings on a dwarf star ,"

" SETI’s waiting game: Deal with it ,"

"Europa: Is there life in the dark?" Sky & Space, February, 1999, p 14 (cover story).

"You Call this Progress?", My Turn essay, Newsweek, January 18, 1999, p. 16.

"Messages from the Stars," Odyssey, January, 1999, p. 40.

"Listening for Aliens," Astronomy Now, January, 1999, p. 27.

"Song of Europa," California Wild, Fall, 1998, p. 33.

"The Search for Cosmic Company," Sky & Space, June/July 1998, p. 20.

"What’s the Future of… ET," Sunday Times of India, 28 June, 1998, p. 12.

"Strange Worlds," Astronomy Now, July, 1998, p. 45.

"An Inhabited Universe?", Stephen Hawking’s Universe (Web site for TV show).

"Sagan’s Search for Aliens," Odyssey, April ’98, p. 34.

"The Shape of Intelligence," California Wild, Spring, ’98, p. 33.

"When E.T. Calls Us," Annual Editions Astronomy 98/99, 1998, p. 201, Dushkin/McGraw-Hill ( Guilford, CT).

"Hubble’s New Cameras," Odyssey, September, 1997, p. 38.

"When E.T. Calls Us," Astronomy, September, 1997, p. 37.

"Closing in on Quasars," Pacific Discovery, Summer, 1997, p. 32.

"In Memory of Bobbie Vaile," SETIquest, Spring, 1997.

"In Search of Galactic Company," IEEE Potentials, February/March 1997, p. 5.

"Voices in the Attic: Search for Extraterrestrials in Rural NSW," Australian Geographic, No. 45, January-March, 1997, p. 82.

"A New Class of SETI Targets" in Astronomical and Biochemical Origins and the Search for Life in the Universe, C. Cosmovici, S. Bowyer, and D. Werthimer eds., Editrice Compositori (Bologna), 1997, p. 719

"A Galactic Center Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Signals" Sullivan, W.T. III, Wellington, K. J. Shostak, G. S., Backus, P. R., and Cordes, J. M. in Astronomical and Biochemical Origins and the Search for Life in the Universe, C. Cosmovici, S. Bowyer, and D. Werthimer eds., Editrice Compositori (Bologna), 1997, p. 653

"Missing: A Huge Hunk of the Universe," Odyssey, Dec., 1996, p. 24.

"Loners, Aggressors, and Groupies: The Long Term Future of Space," Futures Bulletin ( Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Austr.), July, 1996, p. 12.

"Suddenly, Planets," Pacific Discovery, Summer, 1996, p. 38.

"Die Jagd Nach Ausserirdischen," Orbit, Nr. 206, Jan.-Feb., 1996, p. 12. ( Switzerland)

"The Search for Martians," Odyssey, May, 1996, p. 9.

"The Day After," Mercury, vol. 25, March/April 1996, p. 23.

"Disaster Detectives", Odyssey, February, 1996, p. 36.

"A Search for Artificial Signals from the Small Magellanic Cloud" S. Shostak, R. Ekers, and R. Vaile, Astronomical Journal, 112, 164, 1996.

"In Search of Extraterrestrials," Topcat, July 28, 1995, p. 6.

"Let the Search Begin!", Southern Sky, May/June, 1995, p. 12.

"Tuning In on Extraterrestrials," The World & I, June, 1995, p. 230.

"Project Phoenix Starts in the South", SETIQuest, Vol 1, No. 3, 1995, p. 7.

"Project Seeks True Voices Amid Interstellar Noise," Insight, June 19, 1995, p. 26.

"Op Zoek Naar Buitenaards Leven," Kijk op de Kosmos, Rene Genee and Theo Jurriens, eds. 1995, p. 93 De Fenix Pers, Meppel, The Netherlands.

" Phoenix Rises: NASA SETI Project is Reborn," Planetary Report, Vol. XV, No. 3., May/June, 1995, p. 4.

"Do Not Disturb for Ten Thousand Years!" Odyssey Magazine, April, 1995, p. 8.

"People of the Sun," Astronomy Magazine, April, 1995, p. 16.

"SETI at Wider Bandwidths?" 1995, in Progress in the Search for Extraterrestrial Life, ed. G. Seth Shostak, A.S.P. Conference Series, 74, Astronomical Society of the Pacific ( San Francisco).

Progress in the Search for Extraterrestrial Life , A.S.P. Conference Series, vol. 74, 1995, editor.

"An Astronomer’s Astronomer," (story of Jan Oort), Astronomy and Space Science, 1994, p. 77 (reprinted from Pacific Discovery).

"From Marbles to Mario: Taking the High-Tech Trail," Odyssey Magazine, November, 1994, p. 27.

"Cracks in Heaven's Vault," Pacific Discovery Magazine, Fall 1994, p. 35.

"De Jacht op Buitenaardse Intelligentie Gaat Door," Zenit, July/August, 1994, p. 296.

"Fossil Hunting on Mars," The World & I, September, 1994, p. 187.

"Black Holes," to appear in New World Encyclopaedia (Groliers), 1994.

"From King Kong to Jurassic Park," Odyssey Magazine, September, 1994, p. 22.

"Junk in Space", Pacific Discovery Magazine, Spring, 1994.

"Robots Gear Up to Invade Mars!" The World and I, February, 1994, p. 196.

"The Search Goes On," 1993, Mercury, September/October, p. 22.

Third Decennial US-USSR Conference on SETI  (editor) A.S.P. Conference Series Vol. 47, 1993, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (San Francisco).

"An Astronomer's Astronomer," Pacific Discovery Magazine, Spring, 1993, p. 40.

"The Ultimate Motion Imaging System," SMPTE Journal, Vol 102, No. 3, March, 1993, p. 202.

"Tuning In On The Extraterrestrials," ISSOL Newsletter, Vol 20, No 1, Spring, 1993.

"Is Anybody Out There?" TennesseeTeacher, Jan-Feb, 1993, p. 16, by Dave Milne, Cara Stoneburner and Seth Shostak.

Third Decennial US-USSR Conference on SETI , A.S.P. Conference Series, vol. 47, 1993, editor.

"Tools for the Workbench," Networld Today, October 14, 1992.

"Listening for Life," Astronomy Magazine, October, 1992, p. 26.

"Community Access Television 'Democratizes' The Medium," The View, August, 1992.

"The Ultimate Motion Imaging System: What -- and When?," Advanced Imaging Magazine, August, 1992, p. 39.

"The New Search for Intelligent Life," Mercury Magazine, July/August, 1992, p. 114.

"Telepresence and the Exploration of Mars," World & I Magazine, July, 1992, p. 274.

"Nachbarn aus dem All -- wo seid ihr?", GEO Magazine ( Germany), May, 1992, p. 189. (SETI article)

"Putting Glasses on Hubble," World & I Magazine, May, 1992, p. 228.

"The Ultimate Motion Imaging System," Proceedings of the 26th Annual SMPTE Advanced Television and Electronic Imaging Conference, February, 1992.

"SETI Gets Serious," Aerospace America Magazine, p. 14, November, 1991.

"HDTV: Defining the Future of Broadcasting and Film?," American Cinematographer, August, 1991.

"Cosmology Takes Its Lumps," (new developments regarding the Big Bang), Pacific Discovery Magazine, Summer, 1991.

"A New Age for Telescopes," (new technologies for very large astronomical telescopes), World & I Magazine , February, 1991.

"Is Anybody Listening?," (continuing search for extraterrestrial intelligence), Pacific Discovery Magazine, Fall, 1990.

"Super-, Mega- and Multi-: Why is Bigger Better?,", San Jose Mercury News, September 26, 1990.

"Mass Transit, Not Freeways, Is the Answer," San JoseMercury News, August 22, 1990.

"In Search of Black Holes", World & I Magazine, June, 1990.

"The Television of Tomorrow" (High Definition TV), World & I Magazine, February, 1990.

"Malls, the Nucleus of a City," San JoseMercury News, November 29, 1989.

"The Outlook for Fusion As An Energy Source," PeninsulaTimes Tribune , September 19, 1989.

"The Furthest Encounter" (Voyager 2 Encounters Neptune), World & I Magazine, August, 1989.

"Voyager Passes the Mysterious Planet Neptune," De Volkskrant (Dutch Newspaper), 1989.

"HDTV in the USA," AV Magazine ( Holland), 1989.

"Neutral Hydrogen Observations of the Irregular Galaxy IC 10," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 214, 33, 1989 (with E.D. Skillman).

" America the Ingrown," San JoseMercury News , November 9, 1988.

"The Search for Other Worlds" (looking for extra-solar system planets), World & I Magazine , January, 1988.

"State-of-the-Art Art" (computer graphics), Leonardo Magazine, 1988.

"Through the Lens," approximately thirty monthly columns on film and video techniques, Film en TV Maker (Dutch magazine), 1987-1990.

"Where Are The Extraterrestrials Hiding?," (search for life in space), World & I Magazine, May, 1987.

"The Prodigious Warp of NGC 4013," Nature, 328, 401, 1987 (with R. Bottema and P.C. van der Kruit).

"The Distribution of HI in the Lenticular Galaxy NGC 2787," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 175, 4, 1987.

"The Biggest Dish in the World" (the Arecibo radio telescope), Capitol Magazine, 1985.

"'SIGNAL' Search for Intelligence in the Galactic Nucleus with the Array of the Lowlands," Acta Astronautica, 12, 369, 1985 (with J. Tarter).

"Life in the Galaxy?" International Astronomical Union symposium on The Milky Way Galaxy, 1985, p. 623 (ed. H. van Woerden et al).

"HI Synthesis Observations of the High-Redshift Galaxies in Stephan's Quintet," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 139, 15, 1984 (with W.T. Sullivan, III, and R.J. Allen).

"Studies of Nearly Face-On Spiral Galaxies. III. HI Synthesis Observations of NGC 1058 and the Mass Distribution in Galactic Disks," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 134, 258, 1984 (with P.C. van der Kruit).

"Studies of Nearly Face-On Spiral Galaxies. II. HI Synthesis Observations and Optical Surface Photometry of NGC 628," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 132, 20, 1984 (with P.C. van der Kruit).

"A Search for Neutral Hydrogen in Radio Galaxies," Astronomy and Astrophysics Letters, 119, L3, 1983 (with J.H. van Gorkom, R.D. Ekers, R.H. Sanders, W.M. Goss, and T.J. Cornwell).

"The NGC 1961 Group of Galaxies," Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 202, 21p, 1983 (with S.T. Gottesman and J.H. Hunter, Jr.).

"Color Basics -- A Tutorial," Astronomical Image Processing Circular, 1983 (Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore).

"Vertical Motions and the Thickness of HI Disks: Implications for Galactic Mass Models," International Astronomical Union Symposium 100, 1983 (ed., E. Athanassoula, Reidel, Dordrecht), (with P.C. van der Kruit).

"HI Observations of the Irregular Galaxy IC 10," International Astronomical Union Symposium 100, 1983, p. 33 (ed., E. Athanassoula, Reidel, Dordrecht), (with H. van Woerden).

"The Production of a 16mm Film of M31," Proceedings of the Leiden Workshop on Southern Galactic Surveys, 1983 (ed. W.B. Burton and F.P. Israel), (with E. Brinks).

"Extraterrestrials Inhabit Film and TV, But Westerbork Can't Find Them", De Volkskrant (Dutch Newspaper), December 4, 1982.

"The Magicians of Atari", Nieuwe Revu (Dutch Magazine), December 2, 1982.

"NGC 1961: Stripping of a Supermassive Spiral Galaxy," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 115, 293, 1982 (with E. Hummel, P.A. Shaver, J.M. van der Hulst, and P.C. van der Kruit).

"Studies of Nearly Face-On Spiral Galaxies. I. The Velocity Dispersion of the HI Gas in NGC 3938," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 105, 351, 1982 (wtih P.C. van der Kruit).

"Computer Animation (5 articles, including lead article, on ComputerVision 81), Registratie Magazine ( Holland), March, 1981.

"An HI Synthesis Study of the Galaxy/QSO Pair NGC 6503/1749+70.1," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 96, 393, 1981 (with A.G. Willis and P.C. Crane).

"Stephan's Quintet: HI Distribution at High Redshifts," Astrophysical Journal Letters, 241, L1, 1980 (with S.D. Peterson).

"Wiskundige Modellen in de Sterrenkunde," Stichting TELEAC, course on mathematical models, 1980 (ed. A. Staads), (with T.S. van Albada).

"The Groningen Image Processing System," Proceedings of the ESO Workshop on Two-Dimensional Photometry (ed. P. Crane and K. Kjar, Noordwijkerhout), 1980, p. 169 (with R.J. Allen).

"On Galaxy Masses Determined from HI Profiles," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 81, 371, 1980 (with S.P.R. Casertano).

"Accurate HI Profiles of Several Nearby Galaxies," Astronomy and Astrophysics, 81, 167, 1980 (with R.J. Allen).

"A Search for Broad Band HI Emission from Clusters of Galaxies", Astronomy and Astrophysics, 81, 167, 1980 (with D.P. Gilra, J.E. Noordam, H. Nieuwenhuijzen, T. de Graauw, and J. Vermue).

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 Cosmic Company

Cosmic Company: The Search for Life in the Universe

by Seth Shostak, Alex Barnett

In their newly-released book, authors Seth Shostak and Alex Barnett ponder the possibility of alien a life, and the consequences of receiving a signal from the cosmos. They explain why scientists think sentient life might exist on other worlds, how we could discover it, and what it might be like. Entertaining and informative, this hard cover book is lavishly illustrated.

Book Details

  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; (November 2003)
  • ISBN: 0521822335

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 Life in the Universe Textbook

Life in the Universe (textbook)

by Jeffrey Bennett, Seth Shostak, Bruce Jakosky

Courses on the exciting subject of astrobiology are sprouting up on college campuses like forest mushrooms. This new textbook, co-authored by SETI Institute astronomer Seth Shostak, provides a comprehensive treatment of the subject, including the fundamentals of biology, the search for life in the solar system, and SETI. Although intended for classroom use, this imposing, richly illustrated tome is a great read and a handy reference for all those interested in the possible existence of, and search for, life beyond Earth.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Publishing; 1st edition (July 29, 2002)
  • ISBN: 0805385770

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Sharing the Universe

by Seth Shostak

Foreward by Frank Drake

Where are the extraterrestrials likely to be hanging out? What will they look like and be like? What is their interest in us, and how can we find them? The SETI Institute's own Seth Shostak tells all in this witty and informative new book. Publishers Weekly says: "The book is rich in considered, engaging science... Sections on possible alien behavior, on motives for contact and means of contact... are compelling as they reveal as much about us as about anyone who may pop across for a visit." All copies are autographed by Dr. Seth Shostak.

Book Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Berkeley Hills Books; (January 1998)
  • ISBN: 0965377431

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by James N. Gardner, Mark Burnett

Foreward by Seth Shostak

Is intelligent life merely a bit player in the enormous pageant of the cosmos? Or is it destined to become something vastly more important: the architect of the universe and of other universes to come?

James Gardner carefully reviews all the best ideas on how to understand the cosmos’s apparent biological imperative and then puts forth a new, and strikingly dramatic, suggestion of his own, one that makes use of the exciting field of complexity science: the “Selfish Biocosm” hypothesis.

Ever since Newton, scientists have tried to understand existence by discovering its underlying rules. The result has been a massive edifice of natural law, and biology has been seen as a consequence of the universe’s construction, rather than an instigator.

Only on Earth’s surface, where life has molded the seas, the continents, and even the atmosphere, is biology thought to have had an important role in shaping physical conditions –- the so-called Gaia hypothesis. But Gardner had taken Gaia to its further conceivable magnitude: extending the role and influence of life to the stars and beyond.

There is little doubt that his ideas will change yours.

Paperback: 344 pages;

Publisher: Inner Ocean Publishing;(August 2003)

ISBN: 1930722222

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