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Cosmic Search: Issue 8
(Volume 2 Number 4; Year End 1980)
[Miscellaneous items found throughout the magazine]

Miscellaneous Items
Webpage Table of Contents (Bookmarks)
(Internal links to categories of items in this webpage)

Information About the Publication
(Editorial Board, Editors, Table of Contents)

Graphic of Cosmic Search Logo

Editors, and Others Involved in the Publication

Editor: John Kraus, Director, Ohio State University Radio Observatory.

Co-Editor: Robert S. Dixon, Assistant Director, Ohio State University Radio Observatory

Assistants: Alice Kraus, Jim Arthur

Editorial Board

  • Richard Berendzen, President, The American University
  • John Billingham, Director SETI Program, NASA-AMES Research Center
  • Ronald Bracewell, Director, Radio Astronomy Observatory, Stanford University
  • Thomas A. Clark, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Arthur C. Clarke, Sri Lanka, author of "2001, A Space Odyssey"
  • Norman Cousins, Chairman, Editorial Board, SATURDAY REVIEW
  • Frank D. Drake, Director, National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (Arecibo), Cornell University
  • Robert E. Edelson, SETI Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • Donald S. Hall, Director, Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester, New York; Past President, International Planetarium Society
  • Theodore M. Hesburgh, President, University of Notre Dame
  • Nikolai Kardashev, Space Research Institute, Academy of Sciences, Moscow, USSR
  • Philip Morrison, Physics Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Bernard Oliver, Vice President, Hewlett-Packard Company; Director of NASA-Ames Cyclops Project
  • Cyril Ponnamperuma, Director, Laboratory of Chemical Evolution, University of Maryland
  • Martin Rees, Director, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, England
  • Carl Sagan, Director, Laboratory for Planetary Studies, Cornell University
  • Walter Sullivan, Science Editor, New York Times
  • Vasevolod S. Troitsky, Radiophysical Scientific Research Institute, Gorky, USSR
  • Sebastian von Hoerner, National Radio Astronomy Observatory


COSMIC SEARCH is published quarterly (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) by Cosmic-Quest, Inc. Copyright © 1980 by Cosmic-Quest, Inc. All rights reserved. Cosmic Quest, Inc., is a non-profit educational-scientific (tax-exempt) organization.

Subscription price: $10 for 4 issues in U.S. (and possessions), $13 elsewhere. Single copies: $2.50 in U.S. (and possessions), $3 elsewhere.

Address subscriptions and all other correspondence to: Radio Observatory, Box 293, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Second-class postage is paid at Delaware, Ohio, and at additional mailing offices.

Opinions expressed by persons writing in COSMIC SEARCH are their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editorial staff.

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation

Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation

Front Cover

Distant galaxy? No. Storm on Jupiter? No. Big White Spot on the Earth? Yes! Hurricane Allen filling the Gulf of Mexico at noon on August 8, 1980. Tick marks indicate the coasts of Texas at upper left and of Yucatan at lower right. (Photo courtesy NOAA/NESS). See article by James E. Lovelock starting on page 2.

Front Cover Image

Back Cover

"Big Ear", the 110-meter radio telescope of the Ohio State University. A montage by Jim Arthur.

Back Cover Image

Table of Contents (in magazine)

The Recognition of Alien Biospheres
by James E. Lovelock
Strategies of Searching for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (Part Two)
by Nikolai Kardashev
by Frank D. Drake
Why is Scientific Writing Unintelligible?
by Sharon Dunwoody
Technical Development and Colonization as Factors in the Long-Term Variation in Limits to Growth
by Brian A.Tinsley
In Search of Extrasolar Planets (EPF Report)
by George Gatewood

To All Cosmic Searchers

In its first two years, COSMIC SEARCH lost at the rate of about $2000 per month until our debt reached $50,000. We could not continue under such circumstances and we seriously considered ceasing publication and declaring bankruptcy.

However, we decided to continue for the present but with such changes as required to hold costs below income. Accordingly, many economies have been effected. Two of the more significant ones are:

    (1) giving up our one and only paid employee and going back to a completely volunteer operation, and
    (2) reducing the number of pages per issue.
We hope these will be temporary.

There are many ways in which you can help:

    (1) by renewing your subscription promptly
    (2) making gift subscriptions
    (3) telling others about COSMIC SEARCH and urging them to subscribe and
    (4) making a gift or donation.
COSMIC SEARCH is a non-profit scientific-educational magazine which we believe fulfills an important purpose. In response to a questionnaire sent out recently to a random sampling of our readers, the most frequent statement in almost identical words was: "COSMIC SEARCH is a fantastic magazine. Please keep it going".

We will try but we need your help.

Owing to space limitations it is necessary to omit the "Letters" and "College Courses" departments from this issue. However, two new columns have been added, one by Frank Drake and the other about the new Extrasolar Planetary Foundation by George Gatewood.

Because of the small all-volunteer staff and the need to wait until there was money on hand to pay the printing and associated costs, this issue is late. Hopefully, subsequent issues will be more on schedule.

John Kraus

Thank You!

COSMIC SEARCH expresses sincere thanks to the following donors who are helping to make sure that the story of SETI and mankind's future continue to be told in an interesting and factual way.

     Planetary Donors
Robert J. Allen, Blythdale, Missouri (2 years)
Jane L. Brooks, Adelaide, S. Australia (2 years)
Amahl S. Drake, Ithica, New York
James C. Killman, Sherman, Texas
David M. Laida, Sierra Vista, Arizona
Arthur J. Morgan, New York, N. Y.
A. V. Shaver, Winchester, Virginia
Paul Simons, Sheboygan, Wis.
Eric W. Six, Iowa City, Iowa
John B. Theiss, Tucson, Arizona
Dennis Wildfogel, Pomona, N.J.
One anonymous

     Stellar Donors
George L. Douglass, II, Reno, Nevada
David C. Halley, Colonial Hts., Virginia
Paul Simons, Sheboygan, Wis.
John Teetor, Marion, Ohio
C.L. Turnage, Camarillo, California

     Cosmic Donors
Two anonymous

COSMIC SEARCH, published by a non-profit scientific-educational organization, has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service, so contributions are tax-deductible (but subscriptions are not). On a combination donation-subscription or donation-renewal, the amount over and above the magazine cost is tax deductible. For example, if a donor sends $30 (qualifying as a "Planetary Donor") and includes a two-year subscription at $18, the $12 difference is tax-deductible.

Donation categories are as follows:
     Planetary: $30 per year
     Stellar: $100 per year
     Galactic: $500 per year
     Cosmic: $1000 per year

Contributions, however, will be gratefully accepted in any amount. Checks should be made payable to Cosmic Quest, Inc., P.O. Box 293, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Miscellaneous Quote

The following quote is not directly associated with any article.

Quote on page 18

Mankind's -Cide Side

We don't like a bug so we use a pesticide,
We don't like a plant so we use an herbicide,
Will these pesticides and herbicides get in the human food chain,
And cause mankind's inadvertent suicide?

Sedgewick Seti

Miscellaneous Photo

The following photo is not directly associated with any article.

Photo on page 20

ET reading Cosmic Search

1980 Index (Volume 2, Issues 5 - 8)
[This index was found on page 20 in the magazine.]

     (Last number of listing is page number)

ABC's of Space, 5, 28; 6, 32; 7, 16; 8, 16


Bell, Trudy E., The Grand Analogy, 5, 2
Billingham, John, Forum: Billingham Interview, 5, 17
Brown, George H., Marconi, 6, 6
David, Leonard, Putting Our Best Signal Forward, 7, 2
Drake, Frank D., Biological Immortality, 7, 9; SETI, 8, 7
Dunwoody, Sharon, Scientific Writing, 8, 8
Fleury, Bruce E., Aliens in Our Oceans, 6, 2
Freudenthal, Hans, Towards a Cosmic Language, 5, 35
Gatewood, George, EPF Report, 8, 12
Good, I. J., The Chief Entities, 6, 13
Kardashev, Nikolai, Strategies of SETI, 7, 36; 8, 4
Kraus, John, Diana Waves Back, 7, 27; Radiation From Above, 5, 20
Lago, Don, In the Time Machine, 6, 30
Lovelock, James E., Alien Biospheres, 8, 2
Lurie, Joan, Science in the Mass Media, 7, 39
Pankonin, Vernon, The Radio Spectrum, 6, 40
Papagiannis, Michael, IAU Session, 5, 24
Smith, Marcia S., Confronting Political Realities, 7, 30
Stine, G. Harry, Space Industrialization, 6, 26
Tarter, Jill, Communication with ETI, 6, 18; Life in the Universe, 6, 19
Tinsley, Brian A., Long Term Limits to Growth, 8, 10
Trimble, Virginia, It's a Nice Planet to Visit, 5, 13
College Courses, 5, 46; 6, 38; 7, 40
Donors, 5, 47; 6, 25; 7, 48; 8, ii (inside front cover)
Editorials, 6, 10, 25; 8, 1

     In Review (books)

Asimov, Isaac (film) 6, 17
Clarke, Arthur C., 7, 42
Goldsmith and Owen, 7, 42
Grey, Jerry, 5, 34
Hoffman, David (film), 8, 19
von Braun and Ordway, 7, 11

     Off the Shelf Reviews

AIAA, 5, 48
Asimov, Isaac, 5, 48
Brown, Hanbury, 7, 35
Burnham, Jr., Robert, 7, 35
Clarke, Arthur C., 5, 48
Clarke, I.F., 5, 48
Cole, Dandridge, Coxe, 5, 48
Dose, Fox, et al, 5, 48
Dyson, Freeman, 5, 48
Edelson, E., 7, 35
Folsome, Clair E., 5, 48
French, A. P., 6, 12
Hallion and Crouch, 7, 35
Hapgood, Fred, 7, 35
Hardin, Garrett, 7, 35
Hartmann, William H., 6, 12
Heppenheimer, T. A., 5, 48
Hoffman, David, 8, 19
Jastrow, Robert, 7, 35
Kaufmann III, W. J., 6, 12
Man, John, 6, 12
National Academy of Science, 6, 12
Powers, Robert M., 6, 12
Sagan, Carl, 5, 48
Silk, Joseph, 6, 12
Stent, Gunther S., 6, 12
Stilley, Frank, 5, 48
Stine, G. Harry, 6, 12
Story, Ronald, 6, 12
Strickland, Glenn G., 7, 35
Sullivan, Walter, 5, 48
Tauber, G. E., 5, 48
Titulaer, Chriet, 6, 12
Wald, Robert M., 7, 35
Wells, Ernest H., 6, 12
Wunder, C. C., 7, 35
Young, Louise B., 7, 35

People, Places, Plans, 8, 13
SEnTInel, 5, 40; 6, 44; 7, 44; 8, 14
Space Happenings, 6, 11


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