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The UFO encyclopedia /

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Language: English
Published: Detroit, MI : Apogee Books, 1990
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Volume 1, subtitled UFOs in the 1980s, was published in 1990, and concentrates on major personalities, UFO sightings, and research organizations that have dominated the most recent history of unidentified flying objects. Volume 2 (741-5), subtitled The emergence of a phenomenon: UFOs from the beginning through 1959, comprehensively examines UFO phenomena prior to their emergence into the public consciousness as "flying saucers," a phrase which originated with a pilot's sighting in June 1947, concluding with incidents, personalities, and controversies that dominated the first 12 years of this UFO age. The volumes are available individually for $75. The concluding volume, Volume 3, Abductions & other events of 1960-1979, is scheduled for publication in early 1993. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Review by Choice Review

This is the first volume of a projected 3-volume work. Volume 1 covers only the 1980s; Volume 2 will deal with the pre-1980 period; Volume 3 will be a current update. The present volume consists of 84 articles, ranging from one half page to 13 pages, and covering such things as the "Abduction Phenomenon," "Contactees," "French UFOlogy," and "Crashes of UFOs." The articles are factual and balanced, with neither a believer's nor a skeptic's viewpoint predominating. There are many "person" entries (e.g., Vallee, Hopkins, Keel, Klass). These tend to show a more pro-UFO bias, although not markedly so. There are also a number of shorter entries on various UFO organizations. There are very few other sources for this sort of information. Despite announced coverage of the 1980s, many of the articles have sections covering events from before 1980. Obviously, a historical background is helpful for articles on most topics; but perhaps Volume 2 of this set should have been published first. This volume does not overlap the only two similar works--The UFO Encyclopedia, by Margaret Sachs (CH, May'81) or Ronald Story's The Encyclopedia of UFOs (1980)--because of their pre-1980 coverage, but Volume 2 may. Unlike the Sachs and Story works, however, the Clark volume contains no photographs or charts. These would have been useful in many cases. There are bibliographies after each article. Recommended for public libraries and undergraduate collections, even those with the Sachs and Story encyclopedias mentioned. -G. Stein, University of Rhode Island

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Review by Library Journal Review

A respected UFO authority provides a much-needed update of the field with this new encyclopedia. Although Ronald D. Story's Encyclopedia of UFOs ( LJ 6/1/80) and Margaret Sachs's UFO Encyclopedia ( LJ 1/1/81) are still useful for historical background, Clark's is the most thorough treatment yet on this puzzling phenomenon. Entries vary in length: biographies of noted investigators and debunkers are relatively brief, as are those on UFO magazines and societies; longer survey articles cover such topics as the abduction phenomenon, purported crashes of UFOs, famous contactees, and UFOlogy in Australia, Canada, France, and Great Britain; the major hypotheses about UFOs are also outlined. Source listings appear with most entries; all 84 articles are listed in the table of contents; and there is also a subject index. While the lack of illustration is disappointing, the volume's informational content makes it worth the price. Perhaps not a priority purchase, but the projected three-volume set should be considered by larger public and academic libraries.-- Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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