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Stranger Than Science Paperback – October 1, 1983


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Lyle Stuart (October 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806508507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806508504
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #553,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William R. Hancock on October 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
When I read reviews of what an interesting, breezily-written little book this is, I have to shake my head a little bit and chuckle to myself. Such an evaluation falls somewhat short with this particular book. While Charles Fort produced several volumes of "unusualness" before this, and while a few spiritualist-based books by authors like R. DeWitt Miller, Nandor Fodor, and others were "out there" to be found, these books were not at all very "high profile" on the general reader's "radar" at the end of the 50s, beginning of the 60s. Sci-Fi and horror novels were, and westerns, and "hard-boiled" private eye and superlawyer stuff (Mike Hammer & Perry Mason), but...."(Alledgedly) True Weird"?...unh unh. Barely a blip on the "scope".

And then came "Stranger Than Science". It's appearance in hardback made only a modest ripple of waves, but when it came out in paperback from Ace Books (and the cover photo shown above IS the original paperback edition cover) the effect was like Boulder Dam breaking. Copies almost "flew" off the bookracks. Why? Because KIDS discovered it and found it in an a format that they could AFFORD (It could be squeezed in between Sergeant Rock, Batman, the Justice League, the Fantastic Four, Tom Swift, Jr., the Hardy Boys, and everything else "currently cool").

The timing was right on the money, too. The post-war baby boomers were hitting 12, 13, 14 years of age at the time and their interests were focussed on "neat stuff" (as Beaver Cleaver might tell you); UFOs, monster movies, Ray Harryhausen stop-motion flicks, "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine ,"Zacherly" and numerous otherlate-night "Shock Theatre' hosts, and any and all things that made you shivver and shake.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Reynolds on April 3, 2002
Format: Paperback
Like everyone else, I read and enjoyed this book when I was a teenager. It contains some fascinating, mystifying tales, providing hours of entertainment.
I later discovered it was helpful in prompting a couple of young people (aged 10 - 11) to read more, for entertainment. Edwards' vignettes are stimulating enough to capture the attention of today's youngsters, who've grown up with televisions and computers. STS was a good transition tool for pushing them toward higher quality literature.
As an adult, years after taking a university journalism course, I happened to pick up Stranger Than Science again, and immediately discerned how weak the reporting was, how unsubstantiated the allegations and how non-existent the attribution. Frank Edwards didn't seem to be much of a skeptic, which appeared to result in a lot of blithe acceptance of a lot of fantastic tale-telling.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By nom-de-nick on September 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
AS a kid, this book scared the hell out of me. Today, it's fascinating stuff, some of which can still produce a little tingle at the back of the neck. It's worth grabbing up Strangest of All and Strange World, too. All quick reads and great because they're true....
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read and re-read this book as a teenager and was fascinated by the bizarre collection of true? stories. Nothing of concern for youngsters which is a pleasant change. Well worth reading at any age.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William R. Hancock on October 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
There isn't much reviewing done here for this particular edition of this particular book....all of the reviewing of the substance of "Stranger Than Science" (my own included) is to be found in Amazon's first listing of the book. While that is perfectly understandable (easiest to go to the first listing in the column to write your review), I felt compelled to scroll down a bit to the listing for this edition and make a few extra comments. Why? Because while "Stranger Than Science" is still "Stranger Than Science" in whatever edition you read it ,THIS is the one that is truly special. THIS is Ace Star edition number K-117 , published in 1960, and THIS edition is THE one that kicked off the whole "unexplained mysteries" fandom of the sixties onward. In large part, everyone from Brad Steiger and John Keel to Loren Coleman OWES

Frank Edwards and this book for opening the doors to careers and publishing successes to them. This book has, therefore, in "crypto" and "para" circles, ENORMOUS historical significance...even with all its flaws and inaccuracies. And we are talking specifically THIS version of it, the ORIGINAL Ace Star number K-117 . This is like a first edition of Action Comics or Detective Comics to a comics collector, rather than a "commemorative reprint". So, to get to the point, if you just want to read the narrative substance of "Stranger Than Science", feel free to pick up ANY of the above reprint editions...and ENJOY...but if you want to get a rush off owning "The Real Deal", then K-117 is the one you want (remember, the 1959 Hardcover was not the print run that started the "unexplained enigmas" ball rolling...it was the 1960 PAPERBACK edition...THIS edition).

Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Walden on May 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a teenager I read this book, including his second volume. The true, yet mysterious items intrigued me for years, causing me to search out spirituality and everything paranormal that could somehow explain the events listed. It gave me a healthy open mind towards new information. I've thanked the author for giving me an interest in reading and not being a "blind" consumer later in life.
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