Stories about the discovery of mysterious alien artifacts, and the similar challenges of first contact, became prominent in the 70s and 80s. Some of them we have discussed before, but many are new. In this episode, we see an overview of these stories.
Book recommendation: Contact by Carl Sagan
Other works discussed:
Gateway by Frederick Pohl
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
E.T. the Extra-terrestrial
The Sparrow and Children of God by Mary Doria Russell