Why ‘Contact’ Is the Most Important Space Movie Ever Made
Shannon Stirone
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I wonder if Carl Sagan knew the fundamental flaw of the whole concept but decided that telling the secondary messages was more important?

For inspiration, you don’t need fantasy, only knowing true history.

The main battle between idealism and pragmatism, with all consequences, can be found in the Leo Szilard — Edward Teller debate, their approach and whole career.

If you look for a real hero, check Margaret Hamilton, who was so much the first software engineer that she coined the term itself… Unfortunately, she is not a fiction character but a real scientist, so it is very-very hard to understand what and why she does.