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Almanac Of Alien Encounters
     

Almanac Of Alien Encounters

by Eric Elfman, Jeff Westover (Illustrator)
 

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A historical overview of alien encounters, from Archbishop Agobard of Lyons’s ninth-century encounter with the occupants of a “cloudship” through a January 2000 UFO sighting in Illinois. Includes both the skeptics’ and the true believers’ points of view.

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A historical overview of alien encounters, from Archbishop Agobard of Lyons’s ninth-century encounter with the occupants of a “cloudship” through a January 2000 UFO sighting in Illinois. Includes both the skeptics’ and the true believers’ points of view.

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Centerchange.com
Only 168 pages in length, with large type and plentiful illustrations to boot, this almanac somehow manages to be the best overview of the alien encounter/UFO phenomenon from "pre-history" to 2001 that we have seen.

Unlike similar books which are intended for the youth market and produced with very little scholarship, this age-neutral book is very comprehensive. The entries are well balanced, offering both pro and con ideas in a neutral and intelligent voice. It is in our estimation an exceptionally accurate overview.

This book may have been intended for the youth market, but because of the comprehensive work that obviously went into it, we suggest that it may well satisfy the needs of any person who may be researching or writing on this subject. We particularly recommend it for reporters who need information quickly.
James W. Moseley
We begin by commenting on a purported children's book called "Almanac of Alien Encounters," from prestigious Random House. Though it is a small pocketbook-sized tome, it nevertheless is unexpectedly complete and interesting. It has lots of weird illustrations for kiddies of all ages, and there are also some neat graphs, including one that gives brief accounts of a dozen little-known sightings from 1904 to 1945.

Included is a discussion of Fatima (one of our favorite mysteries); The Great Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942; "Foo Fighters"; Roswell (of course!); the Flatwoods, W. Va. monster (1952); Albert K. Bender & the Three Men in Black; sizes and shapes of UFO occupants; Lonnie Zamora (1964); the Condon Report; and a great deal more.

This book was authored by someone named Eric Elfman (a pseudonym?) who has written previous children's books and obviously did his homework on this one. One of his previous efforts is called "Almanac of the Gross, Disgusting, and Totally Repulsive." Egads!
Saucer Smear
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-A wealth of UFO sighting reports from ancient Egypt to China in 2001 gives this work an uncommon breadth and depth of coverage. As is typical, the bulk of the reported alien encounters comes from the United States, but a generous sampling comes from many different countries, including Israel, Switzerland, New Guinea, France, and Cuba. Chapters are arranged in a rough chronological order. Many charts, sidebars, pencil sketches, and a few photographs add visual interest and supplemental information in the narrative: comparisons between typical alien encounters and folklore, brief descriptions of additional sightings, background information on assorted "alien experts," and definitions of terms used in ufology, etc. A "man in black" icon in the margin indicates especially significant or well-documented incidents. Contact information for several UFO organizations and descriptions of their areas of activity are provided after a section on how to observe and record a UFO encounter. The reading list, divided by general subject area, is small but highly selective and well annotated. The tone of this book is more neutral than Alan Baker's The Encyclopedia of Alien Encounters (Facts On File, 2000). Skeptics' ideas and UFO believers' opinions are given fair and balanced consideration. On the whole, this is a fine, up-to-date summary of the many aspects of a compelling subject.- Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679872887
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/26/2001
Series:
Great Big Board Book Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.23(w) x 7.65(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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