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The Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters

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From the first-ever recorded incidents of close encounters to the latest, most up-to-date information on worldwide UFOria, this comprehensive A-Z encyclopedic source book features contributions by such leading experts in the field as:    * … see full wiki

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They're out there, all right

  • Sep 18, 2011
I decided, on the 10th anniversary of the great events of September 11, to take a break from my recent stretch of "heavy reading" (biographies of TR and Huey Long, for example) with this volume.  I'm not sure which is more of a break:

1.  That this was in fact published in 2001, the year of those great events, so that in our very recent past this kind of triffle could find a publisher.

2.  That it could also be purchased by my local library and put on the shelf under the Dewey number 001.942 (I filed it under "pop culture" in my personal review database, not feeling sufficiently impressed to identify it as "science" or "history").

3.  That it should start with an  "In Memoriam" to Carl Sagan, Mr. Story's reputed mentor and adviser, wherein Mr. Sagan is clearly misquoted with a typographical error!  Just to ensure myself that Sagan, for all his faults wasn't a bumbling doofus, I confirmed the correct quote here: 


Instead, the bumbling doofus is Story, who substitutes "would" for "world" to turn a potentially poignant phrase into a nonsense phrase--on second thought, maybe that is the appropriate memorium for this book.

4.  that I should even memorialize this item itself with a review on lunch.com.

And after wasting a few hours wading through this combination of wildly speculative believerism, badly-written pseudo-scientific claptrap, and smirking skepticism barbed with insipid insider barbs at other "experts" in the field, I can assure you it is safe to skip this on.  

But dude, they are out there.  I will only highlight the most egregious:  Donald M. Ware assures the reader redundantly (complete with italics and misspellings)

Some of my ideas may seem very strange.   However, please keep a large mental hold basket to store those ideas that don't make sense to you.  You may reject them later if you choose.  I am not tying [sic] to convince anyone of anything, but just with other truthseekers what I have come to accept as real after forty-eight years of study.

Clearly, I am not enough of a "truthseeker" to recognize that "one can have simultaneous local and non-local awareness."--but "I think Pleidaians can do that"!  But apparently, I'm not the only one in the dark; because some combination of "U. S. technology" and "world technology" is "being kept out of the 3rd-density society by a world-level organization operating under a galactic prime directive."  But who needs government funding?  "The reason nations don't spend more money on the ability to go to Mars is because some humans already have the ability to go, either on their own vehicles or perhaps on vehicles of their alien friends."

But not to worry, if your neighbor is an alien attempting to abduct you to Mars against your will (and without borrowing his Mars rover)--I learned (from another "expert") there are "nine specific resistance techniques" to alien abduction, including mental and physical struggle, repellents (iron objects, but apparently not silver bullets, crosses, or stakes to the heart),  appeal to spiritual personages (like St. Michael, "which brings about an 'awakening'")--and protective rage, which should be appropriate response to all this nonsense.

But for all the lunacy, I think the pseudo scientific articles are the most bizarre, and might be satirically funny if not so mind-numbingly literal.  Yes, I'm talking about you, Martin S. Kottmeyer, and your twenty-page signed articles (with detailed bibliographies) on such topics as "Waves (or flaps), UFO", "Paranoia and UFOs", and "Alien Iconography".  I was reminded of the funny send-ups of scientific pretentions published in the Journal of Irreproducible Results which always gave me an excuse to stop by the McKeldin Library at the Unversity of Maryland even when I didn't need to study.  Too bad EEE takes itself so seriously.  You shouldn't.

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April 29, 2012
September 19, 2011
Ha, funny review! That's horrible about the misquote. You'd think that they'd at least get that part right. I mean, it's just Google, copy and paste!
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