The Book Of The Damned

The Book Of The Damned

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by Charles Fort
     
 

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Charles Hoy Fort was a writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena. Today, the terms Fortean and Forteana are used to characterize various such phenomena. His work continues to inspire people, who call themselves Forteans, and has influenced some aspects of science fiction.

A procession of the damned, Fort says as he begins this book.

By damned, he means

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Charles Hoy Fort was a writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena. Today, the terms Fortean and Forteana are used to characterize various such phenomena. His work continues to inspire people, who call themselves Forteans, and has influenced some aspects of science fiction.

A procession of the damned, Fort says as he begins this book.

By damned, he means excluded. . . .

"We shall have a procession of data that Science has excluded.

"Battalions of the accursed, captained by pallid data that I have exhumed, will march. You'll read them -- or they'll march. Some of them livid and some of them fiery and some of them rotten.

"Some of them are corpses, skeletons, mummies, twitching, tottering, animated by companions that have been damned alive. There are giants that will walk by, though sound asleep. There are things that are theorems and things that are rags: they'll go by like Euclid arm in arm with the spirit of anarchy. Here and there will flit little harlots. Many are clowns. But many are of the highest respectability. Some are assassins. There are pale stenches and gaunt superstitions and mere shadows and lively malices: whims and amiabilities. The naïve and the pedantic and the bizarre and the grotesque and the sincere and the insincere, the profound and the puerile.

"A stab and a laugh and the patiently folded hands of hopeless propriety."

Folks with an abiding interest in Charles Fort and things Fortean should check out www.forteans.com, homepage of the International Fortean Organization.

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Booknews
A reprint of a work originally published in 1919, which challenges what its author sees as "dogmatic" science by cataloguing examples of phenomena seemingly unexplainable in scientific terms. Fort (1874-1923) asserts that scientists often argue according to their own beliefs rather than the rules of evidence and ignore, discredit, or suppress facts that conflict with their preferred theories. He wrote several books on his philosophy and is also noteworthy for having coined the word promoted early theories of the universe as an organism, and systematically studied reported sightings of UFOs. In this edition, the absence of any new material contextualizing the work, such as an introduction or afterword, is unfortunate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434482105
Publisher:
Wildside Press
Publication date:
12/10/2007
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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