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Seth Shostak
Senior Astronomer and Director, Center for SETI Research

"Is Life an Illusion?" Huffington Post, October 10, 2014.

"So What Really Goes Down if We Find the Aliens?" Huffington Post, September 26, 2014.

"Forget Space Travel: Build This Telescope," Huffington Post, August 19, 2014.

"15 Real-Life Scientists Share Their Favorite Science Fiction Books, Movies," Huffington Post, August 14, 2014.

"We could find alien life, but politicians don't have the will," The Conversation, August 12, 2014.

"Why the Aliens Want Earth," Huffington Post, July 31, 2014.

"Life on the Billionth Rock From the Sun," Huffington Post, MJune 9, 2014.

"Using Radio in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," Written Text for Congressional Testimony, U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, May 21, 2014. 

"What Astronomy Says About Religion," Huffington Post, May 1, 2014.

"Kepler 186f: Is It Inhabited?," Huffington Post, April 21, 2014.

"Cousin of Earth: Planet Kepler-186f May Be Habitable for Life (Op-Ed)," SPACE.com, April 17, 2014.

"Thomas Pierson, 1950 - 2014," SETI Institute, February 21, 2014.

"Astronomy's Alpha Male," Huffington Post, February 20, 2014.

"Searching for Smart Life around Small Stars," Astronomy, February 2014.

"The End of the World: Science or Religion?" Huffington Post, January 15, 2014.

"The Second Signal," Communications of the ACM, January 2014, p. 128.

"Hollywood Aliens," Hollywood Chemistry: When Science Met Entertainment, Donna J. Nelson, et al, eds. Book chapter, 2013.

"Is Alien Life Surfacing Nearby?", Huffington Post, December 15, 2013.

"When Will We Build the Starship Enterprise?". Huffington Post, December 10, 2013.

"Dark Matter in the Spotlight," WIred World in 2014, UK Edition, November 2014.

"The Numbers are Astronomical," Huffington Post, November 4, 2013.

"Martian Archaeology. Not." Huffington Post, October 8, 2013.

"Why Doesn't NASA Just Look for Life?", Huffington Post, August 24, 2013.

"Bishun Khare," SETI Institute, August 22, 2013.

"Contact with Aliens? Think Before You Call," Huffington Post, August 6, 2013.

"John Billingham," SETI Institute, August 5, 2013.

"How Ordinary Are We?" , Huffington Post, May 24, 2013.

"Klingon Worlds," Huffington Post, April 26, 2013.

"Why Bother Searching for ET?", Huffington Post, April 1, 2013.

"The Darkest Worlds," Huffington Post, March 15, 2013.

"Celestial Sound Effects," Huffington Post, February 22, 2013.

"The Ultimate Television," Huffington Post, February 1, 2013.

"2013: What Should We Be Worried About?", Edge, January 23, 2013.

"Are Transmissions to Space Dangerous?", International Journal of Astrobiology 12 (1): 17–20 (2013)

"Target: Earth," Huffington Post, December 21, 2012.

"Forsaking the Ivory Tower," Huffington Post, December 12, 2012.

"A Planet with Life?", SETI Institute, November 9, 2012.

"Rockets: So Old School?", Huffington Post, November 8, 2012.

"Science from Hell," Huffington Post, October 8, 2012.

"Armstrong Wasn't Columbus," Huffington Post, August 29, 2012.

"Turn Down the Rock Music," Huffington Post, August 10, 2012.

"We Shouldn't Give Up on SETI," IEEE Spectrum, August 2012.

"Sally Ride 1951 - 2012," SETI Institute, July 24, 2012.

"How to Find Extraterrestrial Life," Huffington Post, July 5, 2012.

"Extraterrestrial Habitats: Yet More Good News," Huffington Post, June 14, 2012.

"Hollywood Aliens: Prototypes for the Real Thing?", Huffington Post, May 29, 2012.

"The 6 Most Likely Places to Find Alien Life," SPACE.com, May 16, 2012.

"What Hapens When We Detect Alien Life?", Astronomy Magazine, May 2012.

"The UFO Bestiary," Huffington Post, April 27, 2012.

"Alien Messages in Plain Sight," Huffington Post, April 5, 2012.

"Armadeggon: 1,000,000,000 A.D.", Huffington Post, February 28, 2012.

"Heed the Robot," Huffington Post, January 31, 2012.

"They're Not Meat," Huffington Post, January 27, 2012.

"Humble Pie," Huffington Post, January 5, 2012.

"Do Aliens Exist?", chapter, Big Questions from Little People Answered by Some Very Big People; pp. 17-18

"Heroic Exploration: Well and Truly Dead?", Huffington Post, December 20, 2011.

"The Ultimate Measure of a Planet - Habitability Isn't a Yes/No Question," Discover Magazine - The Crux Blog, December 6, 2011.

"Last Chance to be Special?" Huffington Post, December 5, 2011.

"Alien Probes for Real?" Huffington Post, November 10, 2011.

"National Parks on the Moon" Huffington Post, October 17, 2011.

"Luke Skywalker's World" Huffington Post, September 15, 2011.

"Review: 'Apollo 18' - The Moon's Livelier Than You Think" SPACE.com, September 5, 2011.

"Will the Allen Telescope Array Soon Resume its Scrutiny of the Skies?" SETI League, Guest Editorial, September 2011.

"Will We Ever Figure It Out?" Huffington Post, August 22, 2011.

"Life: Miraculous or Mundane?" Huffington Post, August 1, 2011.

"American Space Research: An Also-Ran?" Huffington Post, July 17, 2011.

"E.T., Phone the Bay Area," Huffington Post, July 12, 2011.

"Are Movie Theaters Doomed?Huffington Post, June 6, 2011.

"The Real End of the World,Huffington Post, May 22, 2011.

"Search for ET Put on Hold," Huffington Post, April 26, 2011.

"UFOs: Nice Houseguests," Huffington Post, April 18, 2011.

“The Alien Hordes are Here (or Not),” Cosmos Magazine, April 13, 2011.

"Sending Greeting Cards to the Aliens,” Huffington Post, April 4, 2011.

"Scientific Events that Most Changed the World,” What’s Happening Magazine, March 20, 2011.

"Homeopathy: Different Isn’t Better,” Are We A Blog, March 16, 2011.

"The End of Earthquakes,” Huffington Post, March 15, 2011.

"UFOs: Believe ‘em or Not?” What’s Happening Magazine, March 12, 2011.

"Battle: L.A. – Hold Your Water!” Huffington Post, March 8, 2011.

"Today Jeopardy, Tomorrow the World,” Huffington Post, February 14, 2011.

"A Bucketful of Worlds,” Huffington Post, February 3, 2011.

"America’s “Can’t Do” Attitude,” Huffington Post, January 26, 2011.

"Time for Astrology to Sign Out,” Huffington Post, January 15, 2011.

"Alien Vaporware,” Huffington Post, January 6, 2011.

Answer to reader question, Planetary Report, January/February 2011, p. 16.

"Limits on Interstellar Messages," in Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence, D. Vakoch ed., 2011 SUNY Press, p. 357.

"When One Big Bang Is Not Enough,” Huffington Post, December 13, 2010.

"Life, But Not As We Know It,” Huffington Post, December 5, 2010.

"The Lugubrious Universe,” Huffington Post, November 26, 2010.

"Living Forever Is Not a Good Idea,” Huffington Post, November 15, 2010.

"Are We a Biological Miracle?”, Huffington Post, November 9, 2010.

"A High Torch,” Sagan Day Essay, Kepler Mission, November 6, 2010.

"Closing In on ET,” Sky & Telescope Magazine, November 2010.

"Bye Bye to a Lovely Planet,” Huffington Post, November 1, 2010.

"The Listeners by James Gunn,” in “Lost in Space”, New Scientist, October 23, 2010.

"Burn the Bookcases!”Huffington Post, October 20, 2010.

"The Future of SETI,” Sky & Telescope Magazine, cover story, October 2010.

"A Planet Someone Might Call Home,” Huffington Post, October 4, 2010.

"Join the Galactic Church,” Huffington Post, September 26, 2010.

"3D Movies: Wave of the Future or Fleeting Fad?”, Huffington Post, September 18, 2010.

"Who or What Built the Universe,” Huffington Post, September 9, 2010.

"Questions and Answers,” The Planetary Report, September/October 2010.

"News That Would Change the World,” Muse Magazine, September 2010.

"New Homes for ET,” Huffington Post, August 27, 2010.

"Martians? Ho Hum.” Huffington Post, August 24, 2010.

"Alien Life But Not As We Know It”Guardian Comment is Free, August 24, 2010.

"Seeking Cosmic Company,” Ottawa Citizen, September 23, 2010. (Invited)

“Don’t Tell ET”Huffington Post, August 18, 2010.

"Search for Aliens Takes Center Stage This Weekend at SETIcon,” SPACE.com, August 12, 2010.

“Where are the aliens? Fermi Paradox redux,” Huffington Post, August 8, 2010.

It's Too Late to Worry that the Aliens Will Find Us," for New Scientist opinion, 5 July, 2010.

"Search for Intelligent Extraterrestrial Life Continues," Letter to the Editor, Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2010.

"Hunting for E.T.", What's Happening Magazine, April 2010, p. 5.

"Faster than Light: Separating Fiction from Reality,”, Good/Magazine, March 29, 2010.

"Exploring the Final Frontier: a Quest for Life in the Cosmos,” The Explorers Journal, Spring 2010, pp.32-35.

"Is Manned Spaceflight Obsolete?: Why Hominids and Space Go Together," New York Times, February 9,2010.

"Strip-mining 'Avatar'," Huffington Post, January 18, 2010 and SPACE.com, January 29, 2010.

"We Are Not Alone - But Are We Ready to Explore?", San Jose Mercury News, December 31, 2009.

"2012: Preview of the Review" ("Apocalypse 2012? The Truth About the End of the World), SPACE.com, October 22, 2009.

"Weird SETI" ("Weird Ways to Search for ET"), SPACE.com, September 24, 2009.
(Spanish translation: http://www.seti.cl/formas-extranas-de-buscar-ets/)

"Meet the Neighbors in 'District 9'," SPACE.com, August 17, 2009.

"Why Aliens Won't Abduct You," Good/Magazine, August 12, 2009.

"Sifting for Planets with Kepler's Fine Comb," SPACE.com, August 6, 2009.

"What Will Aliens Really Look Like?," SPACE.com, July 16, 2009.

"Fighting Global Warming with Pavement," Good/Magazine, July 15, 2009.

"No More TV for Aliens?," SPACE.com, June 18, 2009.

"When Will We Find the Extraterrestrials?" Engineering & Science, Spring 2009.

"Race to the Bottom," SPACE.com, May 28, 2009.

"The Future is Wow," Good/Magazine, May 4, 2009.

"Have a Wacko Theory? Write It Up," SPACE.com, April 16, 2009.

"Boldly Going Nowhere," New York Times, April 14, 2009, p. A21 (op-ed piece, invited)

"Surprise Recovery of Meteorites Following Asteroid Impact," SPACE.com, March 26, 2009.

"What Finding Alien Life Could Mean for Earth," SPACE.com, February 18, 2009.

"Is Humanity a Spacefaring Race?SPACE.com, January 15, 2009.

"Seth Shostak On the Set of The Day the Earth Stood Still," SPACE.com, December 8, 2008.

"The Mother of All Beacons," SPACE.com, December 4, 2008.

“Cosmic Company,” Research Review (European Parliament), November 2008, pp.76-77.

"A Major Moon Dust-Up," SPACE.com, October 16, 2008.

"Spore is More," SPACE.com, September 4, 2008.

"UFOs: Flying Emotions," SPACE.com, August 6, 2008.

"The Roar of the Aurora," SPACE.com, July 10, 2008.

Good Timing,” SPACE.com, June 12, 2008.

Why Don’t They Do SETI?” SPACE.com, May 8, 2008.

The Hunt for Aliens,” The Guardian, April 26, 2008.

Alien Sociology,” SPACE.com, March 27, 2008.

Movie Review: 10,000 B.C.,” SPACE.com, March 9, 2008.

Finding Them, Finding Us,” SPACE.com, February 28, 2008.

Galactic Wi-Fi?,” SPACE.com, January 31, 2008.

Movie Review: Legend Clears Out New York,”, Space.com, December 26, 2007.

Aliens Apart,” SPACE.com, December 6, 2007.

SETI: Is It Worth It?” SPACE.com, November 8, 2007.

Inauguration Day for Alien Signal-Hunting Telescope,” SPACE.com, October 11, 2007.

’The Invasion’ Invades the Multiplex,” SPACE.com, September 6, 2007.

Is There Anybody Out There?,” The Guardian, August 13, 2007.

Happy Birthday, Hysterics! The Roswell Incident Turns 60,” SPACE.com, July 12, 2007.

Planets: The Grand Tally,” SPACE.com, June 14, 2007.

Planet of Promise: Small, Rocky World Could Harbor Life,” SPACE.com, May 17, 2007.

Harnessing the Power of the Sun,” SPACE.com, April 19, 2007.

The Astronaut Farmer: A Tough Row to Hoe,” SPACE.com, March 22, 2007.

"When Did Science Become the Enemy?” SPACE.com, February 15, 2007.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Cranking Up the Allen Telescope Array," SPACE.com, 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," SPACE.com, 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?SPACE.com, August 4, 2005.

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

"Spreading Antennas Around," SPACE.com, 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," SPACE.com, May 19, 2005.

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

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

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

"Orphaned Planets: It's a Hard-Knock Life," SPACE.com, 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," SPACE.com, February 3, 2004.

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

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

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

"What Do You Say to An Extraterrestrial?," SPACE.com, 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," SPACE.com, October 28, 2004.

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

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

"Are We The Galaxy's Youngest Residents?," SPACE.com, 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," SPACE.com, September 3, 2004.

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

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

"Alien ss. Predator: What's Really Out There," SPACE.com, August 19, 2004.

"Emails Illustrate Fine Line Between the Brilliant and the Bizarre," SPACE.com, 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," SPACE.com, July 15, 2004.

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

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

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

"Case Against Little Green Men," (with Margaret Turnbull), SPACE.com, 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," SPACE.com, April 15, 2004.

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

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

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

"Interstellar Espionage: While We're Watching Mars, Could Someone be Watching Us?," SPACE.com, 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.

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

"Seeing Extraterrestrials," SPACE.com, November 20, 2003.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Interstellar Signal from the 70s Continues to Puzzle Researchers," SPACE.com, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Intelligent Aliens?", SPACE.com, May 30, 2002.

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

"Interstellar Amino Acid Test," SPACE.com, 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," SPACE.com, March 21, 2002.

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

"Observatory Life," SPACE.com, March 14, 2002.

"A Darn Site Better," SPACE.com, March 10, 2002.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Ghosts of Mars," SPACE.com, 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?," SPACE.com, August 16, 2001.

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

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

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

"Radio or Light? How to Get in Touch," SPACE.com, 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," SPACE.com, 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," SPACE.com, March 29, 2001.

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Divining Life on Mars," 2001, CaliforniaWild, Winter, 2001, p. 36.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"SPACE.com 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," CaliforniaWild, 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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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 Jose Mercury 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.

" 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.

"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.

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

"Chewing Gum for the Eyes", approximately two dozen monthly columns on film technique,Registratie (Dutch magazine), 1979 – 1982.