- Paperback: 303 pages
- Publisher: Lyle Stuart (October 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806508507
- ISBN-13: 978-0806508504
- Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.2 x 11.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stranger Than Science Paperback – October, 1983
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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.Read more ›
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.
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).
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I loved this book when I was a kid. I just had to buy a copy for nostalgia's sake. My friends and I used to darken a room and read it aloud by flashlight, then we'd all run out... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sammie
I read this book many years ago and enjoyed it so much I bought it again. It is a very interesting read and , yes, very strange!Published 15 months ago by carsusie2
Interesting read. I like that each story is short, so you can pick up the book, read a few stories at a time and not be left in the middle if you have to put it down for awhile. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A DeVal
Very pleased with this book as well. Really fun, interesting, well written. As good as I remembered itPublished 18 months ago by A. Gold
I had read this book years ago, and it was one of the factors that got me into researching the physics of the unexplained. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Richard H. Wachsman
I had this book years ago , and it got lost ( or possibly taken when my daughter moved out - she loved it , too ) so I had to replace it. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Fireball22
I was one of the pre-teens that read this book in the early 1960s ... yes it was very fascinating.
At least several of the stories have been debunked. Read more