Carl Sagan posing with a model of the Viking lander in Death Valley, California. Carl Sagan wanted Contact to be an early video game. Carl Sagan was married to author and 'Cosmos' co-writer Ann Druyan from 1981 until his death in 1996. Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray (seated), Louis Friedman (standing, left), and Harry Ashmore (standing, right) formed The Planetary Society in 1980. Famous Carl Sagan quotes.