Offers an alphabetical listing of accounts of UFO encounters through history, official explanations, folklore, and related subjects.
From the Author
seeking a middle course, an objective view
I've been pleased and gratified by the response to The UFO Book, an abridged and affordable version of The UFO Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition: The Phenomenon from the Beginning, a two-volume, 1178-page work. (If you're interested, you can probably find it in the reference section of your local library.) In trying to get to the truth about the phenomenon, The UFO Book takes a middle course between the extremes of belief and disbelief, which have rendered rational discussion of this contentious subject somewhere between difficult and impossible. It casts a critical eye on all aspects of the UFO controversy in its effort to separate the arguably authentic from the certifiably bogus (there's plenty of the latter, as you'll see). Nearly all reviews have used the adjective "balanced" or some synonym thereof to characterize the book's approach. Along the way I get to tell some great stories -- some apparently true, others undoubtedly, er, colorful -- and I try to show where, in my judgment, proponents and debunkers have been right and where they've been wrong. There are, in short, no axes ground here, just an attempt to treat objectively a subject more often embraced or dismissed emotionally. The UFO Book seeks the facts and, where facts can't be established with certainty, suggests arguably reasonable inferences, positive or negative. I hope you like this book. A lot of people tell me they have, and that sort of thing always makes an author feel as if his life has not been entirely misspent.