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Flying Saucers are Real?

Monday, March 20, 2017 22:02
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The Times Literary Supplement for March 10, 2017 had reviews of these books about Science Fiction:
But the book circled in green – Flying Saucers are Real!The UFO Library of Jack Womack [Anthology Editions, PB, $40] – is about UFOs (flying saucers, obviously.
But it’s not a paean to flying saucers in the way that Donald Keyhoe’s book, with the same title was.
Mr. Womack merely [sic] reproduces book covers, drawings, cartoons, old clippings, interviews, and other ephemera about flying saucers over the years.
The book is a memorandum of flying saucer history pretty much and the reviewer, Jonathan Barnes, writes, “Among the plethora of kooky delusion, something more solemn can be discerned” which is a regurgitation of the old sci-fi themes of “international fretting …  that a brand “of robust interventionism may appear in the skies and set to work” [again].
That is, the flying saucer theme is akin to sci-fi novels, like War of the Worlds, that tell us extraterrestrials may be coming to enslave or kill humanity.
The books are reviewed for two pages, but Womack’s book gets a scant partial column, highlighted in orange:
This, for me, shows that anything to do with UFOs or flying saucers is paltry, even in the context of a genre that should be a bolster of the idea that alien species can or do show up on Earth.
Flying saucers, as a mainstream topic, is relegated in the same way that a book about it is relegated to a few column inches in a review flush with commentary about science fiction.
No one really cares about UFOs (or flying saucers) any more, except for the delusional clique who visit blogs like this or attend seedy conferences about the enigmatic but inconsequential phenomenon.
RR – The UFO Iconoclast(s)


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