Seth Shostak is an astronomer, lecturer and the author and editor of several books, including the 2009 Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (National Geographic). For much of his career, he conducted radio astronomy research on galaxies. Dr. Shostak, the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute, in Mountain View, California, hosts the SETI Institute’s weekly science radio show, Are We Alone? Widely published on topics from astronomy and technology to film and television, he lectures on astronomy and other subjects at Stanford University and elsewhere in the Bay Area, and is a Distinguished Speaker for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is also the chair of the International Academy of Astronautics’ SETI Permanent Study Group.
The science advisor for the recent remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still, Dr. Shostak had a small role as Communications Officer in the Star Trek web production Of Gods and Men. He also has a letter from Gene Rodenberry rejecting his offer (for the price of bus fare to Burbank) to fix science errors in the scripts of the original Star Trek series.