One of five books that shaped him and Eleanor, as shared at the Harper Voyager blog:
Contact, by Carl SaganRead about the other entries on the list.
Perhaps it’s an unlikely influence, but without Contact, Eleanor wouldn’t have existed at all. The novel’s flawed, intelligent heroine, Eleanor Arroway, not only gave me the name of my protagonist, but Sagan’s gentle skepticism prompted me to ask questions of my own life which became the root of my early drafts.
Eleanor Arroway from Contact is among io9's ten greatest (fictional) female scientists.
The Page 69 Test: Eleanor.
My Book, The Movie: Eleanor.
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