The UFO Phenomenon asks
the question, are we certain that we are the only
intelligent life in the universe? Is this galaxy home
just to earthlings, or are there neighbors whom we have
yet to meet? In a cosmos that expands with each
astronomical discovery, are we arrogant -- or naive to
believe that we are the only habitants?
In vibrant text and vivid color, this book traces our
planet's long fascination with visitors from outer space.
The book delves into topics such as:
* Stories of visitation, culled from such sources as
ancient Sanskrit texts, Chinese legends, the Bible, and
Project blue Book.
*Aviation's role in spotting and reporting UFOs, from
the fiery disks that chased fighter planes during World
War II to civilian pilot Kenneth Arnold's 1948 article in
Fate magazine that gave us the
term "flying saucers."
* The abductions that often accompany sightings, the
details of which some traumatized victims only remember
* Nature's ability to deceive with such spectacular
fare as lenticular clouds, sun dogs, swamp gas, ball
lightning, as well as man's ability to deceive by use of
strings, mirrors, and trick photography.
The UFO Phenomenon
Popular culture's enthusiastic embrace of the
extraterrestrial challenge, from the malevolent Martians
of the War of the Worlds to the
benign visitor in the movie E.T.
The book has an excellent index for researching old
stories and reports and offbeat subjects gleaned from the
Internet. It also contains excellent photographs from the
past. The book is comprehensive, objective, and endlessly
In many ways, it is a compendium similar to Jenny
Randles' book, which we covered under Book Review: Alien Contact--The First Fifty
Years. But unlike Randles' book, this book fills the
historical gap prior to Randles' discussion of the first
fifty years. The book is an extremely useful edition for
the UFO library.