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Odd Hollywood Jobs: Science adviser

Seth Shostak of S.E.T.I. speaks onstage during the
Seth Shostak of S.E.T.I. speaks onstage during the "Alien Invasion/Area 51 Declassified" panel at the National Geographic Networks - National Geographic Channel portion of the 2011 Winter TCA press tour held at the Langham Hotel on January 5, 2011 in Pasadena, California.
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This is one in a series on Odd Hollywood Jobs — not acting or directing, but rather the tasks you haven't heard of. You can read other segments in this series at the links below the story.

Time for another installment of Odd Hollywood Jobs, our series that looks at those gigs behind-the-scenes that help make the movies. Today's job: Science Advisor.

Seth Shostak is senior astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. When he's not too busy searching for life on other planets, he advises filmmakers on how to get the science right in their movies.

Shostak joins the show to talk about his Hollywood side gig. 

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