Cover Launch: CONTACT by Carl Sagan

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for our upcoming reissue of CONTACT, Carl Sagan’s internationally bestselling novel of first contact.

Design by Emily Shields


For this new edition we challenged a number of design students to create and pitch design concepts. The winning entry – as seen above – was created by Emily Shields. We had a tough time choosing a winner as there were so many strong designs and we will showcase some of them nearer the book’s publication.

An instant bestseller upon its original publication in 1985, CONTACT has gone on to sell millions of copies worldwide and is a classic of science fiction.


We are not alone . . .

At first it seemed impossible – a radio signal that came not from Earth but from far beyond the nearest stars. But then the signal was translated, and what had been impossible became terrifying.

For the signal contains the information to build a Machine that can travel to the stars. A Machine that can take a human to meet those that sent the message.

They are eager to meet us: they have been watching and waiting for a long time.

And now they will judge.


‘Stunning and satisfying’ Los Angeles Times

‘An astonishingly exciting, precise and involved book’ Sydney Sunday Telegraph

‘The range and depth of ideas is quite uncommon’ New York Times Book Review

‘Sagan’s informed and dramatically enacted speculations into the mysteries of the universe . . . make Contact an exciting adventure’ Publishers Weekly

‘Imaginative flair’ Wall Street Journal 


We publish this new edition of CONTACT in April. Pre-order now: UK/ANZ