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The Resource Watch the skies! : a chronicle of the flying saucer myth, Curtis Peebles

Watch the skies! : a chronicle of the flying saucer myth, Curtis Peebles

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Watch the skies! : a chronicle of the flying saucer myth
Title
Watch the skies!
Title remainder
a chronicle of the flying saucer myth
Statement of responsibility
Curtis Peebles
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Language
eng
Summary
On June 24, 1947, pilot Kenneth Arnold flew from Chehalis, Washington, on his way to Yakima. As he headed toward Mt. Rainier, he witnessed nine peculiar disk- or saucer-shaped aircraft flying in a line at incredible speed. Arnold's attempts to contact the authorities resulted in front-page news stories that referred for the first time to "flying saucers." Watch the Skies! chronicles the arrival and invasion of the UFO myth in American popular culture. Curtis Peebles recounts in detail the record of sightings, contacts, and abductions over nearly fifty years, among them "The Classics" of 1948, the Invasion of Washington, and the famous "swamp gas" sighting that led to the Condon Report. Drawing on sources ranging from Air Force files to pulp magazines to popular movies such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Peebles shows how mania about UFOs took hold of society in different ways. Peebles shows how supposed eye-witness accounts, published in the late 1940s and early 1950s pulp magazines like Amazing Stories and True, led decades later to "wild ravings" about underground bases where aliens waited to enslave humanity and about treaties between the government and aliens. On another level, Peebles shows, organizations were established to try to induce the Air Force - as the official government arm that investigated claims of UFOs - to release alleged hard evidence of an alien presence. A skeptic with an encyclopedic knowledge of UFO lore and history, Peebles critically assesses the past record and more recent claims involving cattle mutilations, abductions, Air Force test flights of UFOs, and the existence of a mach 8 superplane called Aurora. This thoroughly researched chronicle concludes that the flying saucer myth is not really about disk-shaped spaceships and their angelic or demonic pilots. Rather, like earlier mythologies, it is an attempt to make order out of the world, an expression of our hopes and fears
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Peebles, Curtis
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Unidentified flying objects
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Watch the skies! : a chronicle of the flying saucer myth, Curtis Peebles
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-327) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The age of confusion begins -- The classics -- The myth defined -- The 1952 flap -- The Robertson panel -- The contactee era -- The rise of NICAP -- The 1957 flap -- NICAP's battle for congressional hearings -- The sixties -- The Condon report -- The flying saucer myth in the 1970s -- Dead cows -- Abductions and abductionists -- Cosmic debris -- Aliens among us -- The real aliens
Control code
28506353
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 342 pages
Isbn
9781560983439
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1583911
Label
Watch the skies! : a chronicle of the flying saucer myth, Curtis Peebles
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-327) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The age of confusion begins -- The classics -- The myth defined -- The 1952 flap -- The Robertson panel -- The contactee era -- The rise of NICAP -- The 1957 flap -- NICAP's battle for congressional hearings -- The sixties -- The Condon report -- The flying saucer myth in the 1970s -- Dead cows -- Abductions and abductionists -- Cosmic debris -- Aliens among us -- The real aliens
Control code
28506353
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 342 pages
Isbn
9781560983439
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1583911

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