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Discovery of the Extraterrestrial Signal
and the Subsequent Information Embargo
By Mitch Scaff
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What's a scientist to do? Your team has just made and validated a monumental discovery. You want to share it of course. But the law (not to mention armed force) stands firmly in your way, so is sharing the information even the right thing to do?
The novel Beacon is the extraordinary story of how the optical signal was first discovered in the Kepler data and then painstakingly verified, intertwined with the tale of the author's imprisonment along with his colleagues; all the while, information about the discovery was embargoed from wide scientific peer review, and from the general public.
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