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The Vinyl Frontier: The Story of the Voyager Golden Record Hardcover – 1 Jul 2019

4.6 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Bursts with gloriously geeky detail. (5*) (The Telegraph)

He has the nerd's determination to track down details, to badger surviving protagonists with questions no one else has asked. Above all, he has a golden ear for irony. Far from second-guessing or lamenting the record's imperfections, he revels in its pops, clikc, glitches and quirks. (The Wall Street Journal)

Both a detailed history of and a thoughtful exegesis on caution-by-committee and the sometimes remarkable synergy between art and science. Crucially, Scott's narrative blends extraterrestrial wonder with earthbound charm and brims with poignant revelations. (4*) (Mojo)

Jonathan Scott is our cheerful tour guide ... and The Vinyl Frontier is our comprehensive and comprehensible itinerary. (LA Times)

Scott masters the technical details, often with a touch of humor. (The Washington Post 2019-06-20)

The cast of characters alone is tremendous. Written in a lively, often jocular tone . The Vinyl Frontier tells the tale well (Science 2019-05-23)

Created from a strange marriage of politics, bureaucracy, budget, ambition, innovation, and beauty, Scott describes a portrait of humanity that is still travelling out among the stars. (The Nerd Daily)

A vital addition to the library of anyone with an interest in the Voyager missions, extraterrestrial contact, or Carl Sagan. (Astronomy Now)

You may have heard of the Voyager Golden Record, but Scott's illuminating backstory brings a new appreciation to this simple object. It's not just a record. It's science's most thoughtful and optimistic act. (Amy Shira Teitel, author of Breaking the Chains of Gravity)

An entertaining, compelling, brilliantly-researched and inspiring account of the Voyager spaceship's curious passenger, the Golden Record, and the wonderful team of dreamers who made it happen. (Emer Reynolds, writer and director of The Farthest)

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The fascinating story of Earth's interstellar mix-tape - humanity's message to the stars

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