"UFOs & Aliens. Is There Anybody Out There?" edited by Michael Pye and Kirsten Dalley. It is published by New Page Books. 2011. Pompton Plains, NJ.
ISBN 978-1-60163-173-2. The book consists of a series of essays. For those who haven't come across this new book and would like to see if any of the
essays would make good reading in full, I will post some details.
1. A Cosmic Watergate: UFO Secrecy. Stanton T Friedman.
Friedman argues that governments can keep secrets from the general public, and provides examples such as the Manhattan Engineering District; the U-2
aircraft; and the Corona spy satellite program. "In sum, it is very clear that various agencies of the United States government had and and continue
to have the capability of keeping secrets, and have intentionally and consistently withheld facts and information regarding - and even actual wreckage
of - alien spacecraft." (p.24.)
2. The Real X-Files. Nick Pope.
Pope recounts the story of the release of the UK government's UFO files, highlights some interesting cases, such as the 1957 Milton Torres
interception; the 1991 Al Italia aircraft near-miss; the Bentwaters 1980 incident and the 1993 Cosford event. "These are exciting times. As of this
writing, numerous countries are releasing their UFO files." (p.45.)
3. Doubt Beyond reason. Gordon Chism.
Chism details a personal observation of an unusual object, in 1958 in Nevada. he then explores three factors which he believes steer people away from
acceptance of the UFO phenomenon. "I believe that all of these things - our fear of losing status, our tendency to follow the group consensus, and
our use of faith and denial to override logic - have enabled us to reject the existence of aliens and UFOs." (p.56.)
4. An Alien Intervention. Jim Moroney.
Jim had a personal abduction encounter in 1987 which he describes, along with details of an abduction in the Yukon, and the 1994 Rawa, Zimbabwe event.
"It is no longer of question of when extraterrestrials will confront us, but rather the much more difficult question of how they will interact with
5. Alien Abduction: Fact or Fiction? Kathleen Marden.
Marden reviews a range of non-terrestrial explanations for the UFO abduction phenomenon. Using the details of a number of well known abduction cases,
she argues that these appear to be more than of psychological origin. "Clearly, alien abduction investigation is firmly planted on the frontiers of
science. As in any science, the careful, methodical collection and evaluation of credible evidence over an extended period of time, along with
political change, might bring about a paradigm shift. But until then, the controversy will rage on. " (p.102.)
6. Cosmic Peeping Toms: UFOs and Invisibility. Micah Hanks.
Using case studies, Hanks suggests that "...extraterrestrial craft might be lingering in our aerospace without our knowledge, thanks to an advanced
technology that renders them invisible to the naked eye, and perhaps even to advanced radar equipment as well." (p.108.)
7. The Kingman Affair. Nick Redfern.
Something crashed near a place named Kingman, Nevada in May 1953. Redfern examines and discusses the known facts, and interestingly comes down on the
side of a non-extraterrestrial explanation. namely, that the object was a military drone aircraft with monkeys on board.
8. Roswell in Perspective: The Human response to an Extraordinary Event. Donald R Schmitt.
Schmitt, a long time Roswell researcher asks us to "...ignore the minutia and instead to focus on the human aspect of this story." (p.138.) The
basic core story is outlined, arguing the words of the witnesses who have come forward should be heard.
9. Star Travel: How Realistic is it? Stanton T Friedman.
Friedman's second essay in this book shows that some experts in the past have been proven wrong in their statements. Discussing the possible role of
nuclear fission and nuclear fusion. Fission propulsion systems have been tested in the past. "Given our own technological progress, which shows no
signs of slowing or abating, the stars may soon be within our reach..." (p.165.)
10. The UFO Problem: Toward a Theory of Everything? John White.
White argues that "...based on the evidence, it seems clear that no single explanation can cover every experience and event..." (p.168.) White sees
that three solutions could contribute to an overall conclusion. These are the extraterrestrial; terrestrial and the metaterrestrial - (outside
ordinary space time.)
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