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From: BufoCalvin@aol.com
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 1999 18:09:18 EST
Fwd Date: Thu, 01 Apr 1999 16:53:49 -0500
Subject: BAR 199903

Bufo Calvin<BR>
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March, 1999 (Vol. 2, #3)

Books mentioned in BAR can be ordered on most e-mail systems by clicking on
the hyperlink title. This will take you to the book at Amazon.com. You can
read more about it at that point and decide if you want to order it. If you
do, you add it to your "shopping cart". Then, if you want another title
mentioned here, please click on it in this post. If you have questions,=
 please
e-mail Bufo at <A HREF=3D"mailto:bufocalvin@aol.com">BufoCalvin@aol.com</A>.
Books are also available by phone from Greenleaf Publications at
1-800-905-UFOs (1-800-905-8367). If you call, please be sure to tell them=
 that
Bufo sent you.

If you have books to recommend, please let me know. If you would like to be
named as recommending it, include that information as well and tell me you
would like to be cited.

In this issue: Featured Title; Recent Arrivals; and Things to Come:

FEATURED TITLE:

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0809237962/bufosweirdworld=
">
Passport to Magonia (paperback)</A>
Subtitle: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds
by Jacques Vallee
Originally published: 1969
Reprint edition

In the anomalistics field, good books change people's ideas: great books
change their minds.

Prior to the publication of PASSPORT TO MAGONIA in 1969, pro-UFO studies
largely argued that "genuine UFO sightings" (which can be defined as
competent, rational people honestly reporting observations of airborne=
 objects
that are apparently unknown to society) were evidence of extraterrestrial
visitation. While the conceptual palette had been expanded to include the=
 idea
that what had been interpreted in the past as having been supernatural could
have been misinterpreted extraterrestrials (in particular, with Barry
Downing's
<A=
 HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=3D1569247455/bufosweirdworld=
A/">
The Bible and Flying Saucers</A>), the reverse was considered almost=
 heretical
within the UFO "community"

Jacques Vallee himself, a computer scientist, had written two books (neither
of which can be ordered currently ordered), ANATOMY OF A PHENOMENON (1966)=
 and
CHALLENGE TO SCIENCE (1967) which had tentatively supported the
extraterrestrial hypothesis and gotten some respect from traditional
scientists. If he had stopped there, he would have been seen as a great
validator for those who believed that aliens got into physical space craft=
 on
another planet and flew to Earth.

Vallee didn't stop. True scientists and other truth seekers know: the more=
 you
know, the more you know there is to know. While the Condon Committee was
preparing its huge, government-funded report (which is also sadly not
available to be ordered) that would "debunk" UFOs, Vallee was doing some
lateral thinking. As he puts it in his personal journal (reproduced in
<A=
 HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=3D1569248087/bufosweirdworld=
A/">
Forbidden Science : Journals 1957-1969</A>),

"I see that we cannot hope to understand UFOs with the methods of physics=
 and
statistics alone. We are facing a form of intelligence that cannot simply be
tracked with radars and cameras. It was already here before science was
invented; it will still be here when science becomes superseded to other=
 ways
of gaining knowledge."

That doesn't mean that the book (or Vallee) had rejected objective thinking
for subjective. It examines, in some ways similarly to C.G. Jung's
<A=
 HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=3D1567311210/bufosweirdworld=
A/">
Flying Saucers (Jung)</A>, the beliefs around the observations. There is,
according to the book, certainly a mystery. The ways in which it parallels
previous mysteries are in themselves mysterious (when people report things
about UFO occupants, those characteristics may match those of fairies, for
example=85presumably without the reporter knowing the fairy=
 characteristics).
The book's ideas, arrived at rationally, seemed irrational to many. Vallee
moved away from the comfortable (for many believers) into the uncomfortable.=


Yet, those believers couldn't reject the work. While it cast doubt on their
pet theory, it supported the reality of the phenomenon on which it was=
 based.
The appendix, A CENTURY OF UFO LANDINGS (1868-1968), which was longer than=
 the
rest of the book, was and still is often cited by supporters of the
extraterrestrial hypothesis. It is often so referenced while ignoring=
 Vallee's
emphatic warning about the nature of the evidence.

While there are thousands of books on UFOs, few are as important as this=
 one.
It contributed to a rift between European researchers and the ETH-proponents
in the USA. It made possible the presentation of evidence that didn't=
 conform
to expectations. Above all, it said this: while observation is limited,
inquiry is boundless.

RECENT ARRIVALS:

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0340730641/bufosweirdworld=
">
Ghosts: a Beginner's Guide (paperback)</A>
by Teresa Moorley
June 1999 (available now)

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0380806037/bufosweirdworld=
">
Project Moon Dust (paperback)</A>
Subtitle: Beyond Roswell--Exposing the Government's Continuing Covert UFO
Investigations and Cover-Ups
by Kevin D. Randle
June 1999 (available now by special order)

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0713727551/bufosweirdworld=
">
The Psychic Casebook (paperback)</A>
Subtitle: Real Encounters with the Paranormal
by Craig Hamilton Parker
May 1999 (available now)

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0713727330/bufosweirdworld=
">
UFO Revelation (paperback)</A>
Subtitle: The Secret Technology Exposed?
By Tim Matthews
May 1999 (available now)

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0713727462/bufosweirdworld=
">
The World of the Unexplained (Bord) (hardback)</A>
Subtitle: An Illustrated Guide to the Paranormal
by Janet and Colin Bord
May 1999 (available now)
The Bords are among my favorite authors (along with being nice people)

THINGS TO COME

These books have not yet been released, but I anticipate them being=
 important,
popular and/or interesting. Why wait until they come out and have to=
 remember
to get them then? You can pre-order now, and whenever they are released, get
them per Amazon's policies.

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0684856026/bufosweirdworld=
">
Cryptozoology A to Z (paperback)</A>
Subtitle: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and=
 Other
Authentic Mysteries of Nature
by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark
July 1999
Order this now! If you are like me, you are going to want to see it as soon=
 as
it is available. In the years since they did CREATURES OF THE OUTER EDGE
together (which I really enjoyed), both have grown in stature and skill.
Clark's
<A=
 HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=3D1578590299/bufosweirdworld=
A/">
The UFO Book: Encyclopedia of the Extraterrestrial</A>, which I'm currently
reading cover to cover, is one of the best (and best-valued) reference books
ever. Coleman makes it a double whammy this year with his recently-released=

<A=
 HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0380802635/bufosweirdworld">=
Th
e Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide </A>,
written with Patrick Huyghe, another leading Fortean. I hope to make that=
 one
a feature title after I've read it.

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1854792814/bufosweirdworld=
">
Arthur C. Clarke's Mysteries (paperback)</A>
by John Fairley, Simon Welfare, and Arthur C. Clarke
December 1998
Welfare is the Producer of the Arthur C. Clarke series that run on the
Discovery Channel in the U.S..  I have two previous books by Welfare and
Fairley, based on the series, and both were well-worth having (particularly
for the rare photographs, although the writing was good as well).  This one
not being available yet may be due to it being an import.  I'd definitely
order it this way=85whenever it gets here, you'll know.

<A=
 HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0609604619/bufosweirdworld">=
In
the Spirit (hardback)</A>
Subtitle: Conversations With the Spirit of Jerry Garcia
by Wendy Weir
June 1999
I guess you can put this on the shelf with
<A=
 HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN=3D0935699007/bufosweirdworld=
A/">
Peace at Last: The After-Death Experiences of John Lennon</A>.

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0609802232/bufosweirdworld=
">
The Mars Mystery (paperback)</A>
Subtitle: The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet
by Graham Hancock
June 1999
Hancock is a popular figure with the alternative history crowd.

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1577310977/bufosweirdworld=
">
Miracles of the Mind (paperback)</A>
Subtitle: Exploring Nonlocal Consciousness and Spiritual Healing
by Russell Targ and Jane Katra
June 1999
Targ is a respected parapsychologist..

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1567181554/bufosweirdworld=
">
Reality Is Just an Illusion (paperback)</A>
Subtitle: The World of Shamans, Ghosts and Spirit Guides
by Chuck Coburn
June 1999
Coburn (
<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0916108120/bufosweirdworld=
">
Funny You Should Say That (paperback)</A>) has a real following

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0312867085/bufosweirdworld=
">
The Abduction Enigma (hardback)</A>
Subtitle: An Investigation of the Alien Abduction Phenomenon
by Kevin D. Randle, William P. Cone and Russ Estes
May 1999
Randle is one of the prime investigators of Roswell

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0806520957/bufosweirdworld=
">
The Psychic Yellow Pages (paperback)</A>
The Psychic Yellow Pages : The Very Best Psychics, Card Readers, Mediums,
Astrologers, and Numerologists
by Hans Holzer, Ph.D.
May 1999
The venerable Holzer ought to know=85

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1567182216/bufosweirdworld=
">
UFOs Over Topanga Canyon (paperback)</A>
Subtitle: Eyewitness Accounts of the California Sightings
by Preston Dennett
May 1999
Dennett is becoming one of the ufologist/authors to watch

<A HREF=3D"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0440234875/bufosweirdworld=
">
The Uninvited (Pope) (paperback)</A>
Subtitle: An Expose of the Alien Abduction Phenomenon
by Nick Pope
April 1999
Stateside paperback publication of this book by a British military "UFO=
 guy".
This one deals with abductions

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