Isolation Bookclub - 'Contact'

Anthony is on hand with his recommendation of what to read whilst in self-quarantine.

To help beat the coronavirus blues, for the foreseeable future, members of team Future of the Force will be on hand with our recommendations of awesome literature to check out whilst in self-quarantine. Whether its lesser-known gems, New York Times Best-Sellers, or just funs reads – we’ll be here to keep you entertained during this difficult time.


There are many fantastic sci-fi novels to read. Dune, 2001: A Space Odyssey, plus The Forever War are a few that spring to mind. Any of these classics will help pass the time when lying low during isolation. But let me draw your attention to one of the best sci-fi novels written: Carl Sagan’s Contact.

Carl Sagan's Contact - Book Cover

Just like the 1997 film starring Jodie Foster (also a brilliant movie), Sagan’s 1985 book deals with the same theme of contact between humanity and a more technologically advanced, alien civilization. Sagan’s book goes further. Contact is a gripping tale that focuses on the human, scientific and philosophical questions humanity will need to ask should we discover we are not alone. We follow Ellie Arroway – a trailblazing modern woman – on her personal and scientific journey to the stars.

Contact is full of wonder, and I read it every year. Now’s a great time to pick it up again. You should, too.


Let us know if you have any suggestions of great books and literature our readers should check out and we’ll feature and share them with the FOTF community.

Stay safe.


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Anthony Murphy is a new addition to the Future of the Force roster. A child of the 80s, Anthony is a Lucasfilm fanboy. A weekend watching Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Willow is considered bliss. When off duty being a dad and hubby, you’ll find him watching football, searching for the perfect Kuwahara BMX online and writing his Star Wars website, Rebel Briefing. Find him on Twitter @Anthony08042015 trying to make sense of the world, both real and imagined.


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