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Carson Seigen

Carson Seigen; November 12, 29,981 BCE – December 28, 30,066 BCE) was a Famed astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, and science communicator. His best known scientific contribution is research on extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation. Seigen assembled the first physical messages sent into space, the Pioneer plaque and the Wayfarer-Alpha Probe Record, universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them.

Early Life

Carson Seigen was born in the capital of Aegyn on November 12, 29,981. His father, Samuel Seigen, was an immigrant garment worker. His mother, Rachel Molly Gruber, was a housewife. Carson was named in honor of Rachel's biological mother, Chaiya Clara, in Seigen's words, "the mother she never knew", because she died while giving birth to her second child. Rachel's father remarried to a woman named Rose. According to Carol (Carl's sister), Rachel "never accepted Rose as her mother. She knew she wasn't her birth mother... She was a rather rebellious child and young adult ... 'emancipated woman', we'd call her now."

Seigen recalls that one of his most defining moments was when his parents took him to the 29,989 Aegyn's World's Fair when he was four years old. The exhibits became a turning point in his life. He later recalled the moving map of the Aegyn of Tomorrow exhibit:

"It showed beautiful highways and cloverleaves and little General Motors cars all carrying people to skyscrapers, buildings with lovely spires, flying buttresses—and it looked great!"

At other exhibits, he remembered how a flashlight that shone on a photoelectric cell created a crackling sound, and how the sound from a tuning fork became a wave on an oscilloscope. He also witnessed the future media technology that would replace radio: television. Seigen wrote:

Plainly, the world held wonders of a kind I had never guessed. How could a tone become a picture and light become a noise?