Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyHired by a group of UFO enthusiasts, Intercep, a Phoenix industrial counter-espionage firm, conducted a three-year investigation into Swiss farmer Eduard Meier's claim that he had experienced 130 encounters with extraterrestrials from the Pleiades, beginning in 1975. Kinder (Victim: The Other Side of Murder, who conducted some 120 interviews in his own follow-up investigation and spent 13 weeks in Switzerland with Meier, notes, ``No case had ever offered so much evidence''daylight color photos and 8mm film of the Pleiadean ``beamships,'' sound recordings, landing tracks and metal samples.IBM research chemist Marcel Vogel, who examined a metal sample on a scanning electron microscope, comments here, ``With any technology that I know of, we could not achieve this on this planet.'' No scientist or lab researching the claim has discredited Meier, and no one can explain how a poor, one-armed farmer with a sixth-grade education could have fabricated such evidence. Kinder documents the reactions of various scientists and summarizes key events in the UFO controversy since 1947. He writes in a dispassionate manner that adds to the fascination of this unusual story wherein the incredible takes on credibility. Photos. 50,000 first printing; major ad/promo; first serial to Playboy; author tour. (May 26)
Library Journal - Library JournalThis book examines the claims of Swiss UFO contactee Eduard Meier. The evidence offered to substantiate his story includes strikingly clear photographs, 8mm films, sound recordings, and metal samples. While these things alone do not constitute proof, they do provide science with something to study. Meier's account of his childhood contacts parallels accounts in Budd Hopkins's Intruders ( LJ 6/1/87). This objective study of one man's part in the UFO mystery is fascinating, but the veracity of Meier's story remains undetermined. Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
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