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UFO Cautionary Tales, by Paul B. Thompson, Nebula Editor,
UFO Cautionary Tales Index
UFO CAUTIONARY TALES # 6
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic, "The Horror of the Heights," a
fantastic vision which predates early theories asserting that UFOs
were actually ultra-high altitude alien animals.
UFO CAUTIONARY TALES # 5
Deros, flying donuts, radioactive slag and the JFK assassination:
sorting the facts from the hoax in the Maury Island case.
UFO CAUTIONARY TALES # 4
The strange tale of Kirk Allen, a physicist who worked at a secret
government installation in the southwest... until his boss found him
churning out page after page of "alien hieroglyphs." Emperor of an
intergalactic realm, all within the infinite universe of his own mind.
UFO CAUTIONARY TALES # 3
The year is 1944. A strange fiery object crashes in rural Sweden. And
when the Swedish Army comes to investigate, they discover that their
small neutral country has come into acquired foreign technology far in
advance of anything else on earth...
UFO CAUTIONARY TALES # 2
Do you believe in fairies? A seventeenth-century scholar, Robert Kirk,
built his reputation on them. Were Kirk's "encounters" an early vision
of extraterrestrial contact?
UFO CAUTIONARY TALES # 1
In the seventeenth century, a Scottish war hero shocks the public with
bizarre confessions of sexual crimes and deranged tales of flying
coaches, witchcraft and sorcery.
About UFO Cautionary Tales
"UFO Cautionary Tales" is a series of historical accounts for
Nebula, intended to help shed light on contemporary UFO phenomena
by comparison to extraordinary events in other fields, such as
folklore, criminology, psychology, and religion. The technique is not
original to me; many previous thinkers on the UFO questions have
resorted to such comparisons. I wish to particularly acknowledge a
debt to the works of Jacques Vallee, John Keel, Daniel Cohen, Harold
T. Wilkins, Ivan Sanderson, and Curtis Peebles.
In dealing in a complex arena of belief, religion, folklore, science,
and politics, it's hard to pare down a UFO case to its barest facts.
Most UFOlogists I have read or talked to are frankly ignorant of these
fields and how they can shed light on UFO experiences. No social
question -- and UFOs are a social question -- can be delineated in
simple Yes or No terms: No, there are no such thing as UFOs; Yes, UFOs
are extraterrestrial spaceships. The time is long past for such
childish generalizations. Believers have to get over embracing every
unidentified flying object as a spaceship, and every contrary
explanation as blinkered skepticism or an evil government cover-up.
And skeptics have to accept that people do see things they cannot
explain. How we interpret what we see is what the game is all about.
Paul B. Thompson
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