"A core curriculum for anyone with a serious interest in ufology . . ." The Kirkus Reviews
Dr. Jacques Vallee is widely recognized as the premier investigating scientist in UFO research today. Going far beyond theoretical analysis, Dr. Valle meticulously documents his own firsthand investigations into sightings around the world with breathtaking eyewitness accounts of alien contact. Complete with maps, sketches, diagrams, and on-the-spot photographs.
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I first met Dr. Vallee while arranging his publicity tour for this second volume in his Alien Contact Trilogy. Even though I had seen "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and knew that he was Spielberg's chief technical advisor on the film as well as the real-life model for the scientist played by Francois Truffant, I wasn't sure what to expect. After all, many people in the UFO community are, shall we say, extremely zealous. I was very impressed by his thoughtful manner and clearheaded analyses. Dr. Vallee is widely recognized and honored as the premier investigating scientist and UFO researcher. In this book, he personally investigates forty UFO sightings. The reader accompanies him around the world as he travels to scientifically document reports of sightings, contact and (in some cases) abduction and death. Dr. Vallee presents a reasoned, balanced, eloquently written account of his research that supports his conclusion that UFOs are neither imaginary nor extraterrestrial. Rather, he argues, they represent an actual technology with hostile potential.
The audience for books on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) remains strong--the 1989-90 edition of Books in Print lists over 100 adult titles. Vallee's Anatomy of a Phenomenon ( LJ 6/1/65) helped provide scientific respectability to the study of UFOs. While Vallee stresses the need to maintain scientific objectivity and a critical attitude, he is not afraid to offer theories which go beyond traditional extraterrestrial hypotheses. Among the 100 cases reported here are some in which observers were harmed or died as a result of viewing a UFO. For each case, Vallee visited the actual site, spoke to witnesses, and concludes that "something happened." The Walters' book is a frightening account of 20 UFO encounters occurring near their Florida home. Their position in the community, the collaboration of over 100 other area witnesses, and the authenticated photographs and videotape they took make this account more trustworthy than most. The phenomenon of missing time, described in Budd Hopkins's Intruders ( LJ 6/1/87), is part of this story as well. While neither of the books under review provides firm answers about the reality or intent of UFOs, both can be recommended as above-average entries in the genre. Academic libraries should have the Vallee book, while public libraries will want both.
- Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
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Descripción Ballantine Books, 1991. Mass Market Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110345365011
Descripción Ballantine Books, 1991. Mass Market Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Reprint. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0345365011