Holding (the) Cosmos in my Hand

By Michael Edmonds 27/09/2011

Today I received a copy of Cosmos in the mail. 740 minutes of Carl Sagan describing the universe in his inimitable style! Unfortunately I don’t have time to watch it all in one sitting but the small amount I have watched so far is fascinating.

I have just recently read Dr Sagan’s biography by Ray Spangenburg and Kit Moser. In it they describe the massive amount of work Carl, Ann Druyan and Steve Soter expended writing the series as well as all of the hard work done by the many members of the production team.

Having read about all night sessions writing and rewriting the series, as well as the tensions between various members of the team it is a pleasure to product of all of this hard work. (Technically I should say rewatch it but I only vaguely remember it from my early teens).

Just listening to Sagan talk I can hear the work that went into it. The words are carefully crafted to engage the watcher and while the visual effects are obviously due to earlier technologies they do not detract from the story that he weaves. His quiet enthusiasm for what he is speaking about also shines through.

I think I will be having a most enjoyable time over the next few weeks as I work my way through this series.