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One to beam up, Scottie.........
on 17 January 2016
I was given a copy of this book in the mid-70's, by a very excitable Uncle, as I recall. I found it absolutely fascinating and opened up a hitherto unknown world! (Remember, this was a very long time before t'Internet. All we had were encyclopaedias and a library!). It sparked my mind and my imagination. I have this book to thank, at least in part, for a lifelong interest in thinking for myself.
Two principle things have changed since those days. Firstly, I grew up (pity that, really). Secondly, access to the writings and thoughts of others on the book and its contents became much simpler through aforementioned, t'Internet and the natural passage of time. Inevitably the adolescent wonder I felt at such possibilities as alien visitors, has somewhat faded in significance to me (personally, I blame my discovery of girls mostly for that!) but I read it again, for old times sake (it was wearing, a lot better than me, on a book shelf!)
I have read every one of the 163 reviews on this book. I have no problem with anyone who felt there might be something in this. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I will not write chapter and verse on the many published alternative (rather less sensational) analyses of the evidence presented (half the fun is discovering these things for yourself). My own view is that it is all nonsense. Fantasy, what-if, nonsense. No alien visitations to earth. (Whether aliens exist or not, out there, somewhere, in the inconceivable vastness of the universe, is another, more intriguing area, mind!)
However, don't take my word for any of this. Or his. All I would say is I would encourage any young, enquiring mind reading the book, to seek out the alternative explanations and rationalisations for much of the "evidence" presented. With all information available, then decide. As the saying goes; the truth (for each of us) is out there.