The Encyclopedia of Alien Encounters: A Complete Guide from Abductions to the Yeti

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9780816042265: The Encyclopedia of Alien Encounters: A Complete Guide from Abductions to the Yeti

What happened at Roswell in 1947? What is the Air Force doing out at Area51? Is the truth really out there and

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UFOs have exerted a fascination over the modern imagination that few phenomena can rival. This work brings together stories and speculation about human and alien encounters in both fact and fiction.Arranged alphabetically, entries cover incidents, people, places, and stories. Television programs and movies such as Alien , Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The X-Files are included. The familiar subjects such as Area 51 , Crop circles , and Men in black are all here, as are famous encounters by George Adamski, Kenneth Arnold, and Betty and Barney Hill.The articles are generally well written and informative. They range in length from a few sentences to almost two pages. The author warns in the introduction that all the events described are "alleged" and that he has taken an impartial stance on the issue. He includes more mundane explanations for some phenomena, like the two English men who claimed to have created the crop circles, at least in England, and he does mention other theories regarding sightings of unidentified objects, such as weather events and government experiments. Supplementing the articles is a bibliography of mainly books and a few periodical articles.Very little new information is included. Many of the incidents and individuals can be found in the two-volume The UFO Encyclopedia: The Phenomena from the Beginning, by Jerome Clark (2d ed., 1998), and UFO: The Definitive Guide to Flying Sauces and Related Phenomena, by David Ritchie (1994). Ritchie's view excludes visitors from outer space but includes paranormal explanations. Libraries with either of those two works or other good UFO books can probably pass on this one. But for school or public libraries with either a large demand or small holdings on the topic, this volume would be a good choice. REVWR
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"A comprehensive reference on the subject of UFOs and aliens." -- About.Com, Spring 2000

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