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‘The Palomar Paradox’ sees Luper back in an astronomical observatory searching for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. He finds himself working with Leila, a young girl recovering from leukaemia, and Karina, an experienced astronomer, among others. As their research continues, unusual signals are picked up by their radio telescope. The signals are explained, one by one, until …
Read this book to find out what Luper and Leila do.
Did you ever see an Unidentified Flying Object?
Did you ever discover a message from an Extraterrestrial Civilization?
Did you ever find a Cosmic Artefact?
Did you do nothing or report it?
Read on to find out what happens to Luper and Leila!
Each of the characters in ‘The Palomar Paradox’ deals with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in their own way. As in real life, some believe; others don't want you to believe.
‘The Palomar Paradox’ sees Luper Beauchamps, a brilliant scientist, back in an astronomical observatory searching for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. He finds himself working with Leila Keiler, a young student recovering from leukaemia, and Karina Lowenhaupt, an experienced astronomer.
Other characters include, Trent Forsyth, a senior Pentagon official, and his intern, Rihanna Sørensen. They are charged chiefly with quashing all reports of, and evidence for, extraterrestrial activity.
As the SETI research continues at the Mount Palomar Observatory, unusual signals are picked up by a new radio telescope. The signals are dismissed, one by one, until …
A number of supplementary non-fiction sections are included in the book. These give detailed accounts of the Drake equation, the Arecibo message, the Pioneer plaque, Cosmic archaeology, Kardashev civilisations, and other topics relating to SETI. However, the novel itself can be read through from start to finish without any reference to these factual sections.
It all began on Tuesday 29 February 2028 when the Palomar Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Program detected an unusual 139.9-second signal coming from the Capella star system in the constellation of Auriga (The Charioteer).
A few days later, the University of California, Berkeley, SETI Coordination Program, distributed fragments of the signal to participating members of SETI@home via the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing (BOINC). Three people were assigned the task: nineteen-year-old Leila Keiler, in hospital recovering from leukaemia; Linus Shannon, a fifty-year-old Lecturer in Information Technology at UC Berkeley; and Luper Beauchamps, a thirty-five-year-old scientist working as Assistant Director of the Palomar Observatory.