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The UFO Files Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1998

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About the Author

Martin H. Greenberg���was honored in 1995 by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and���is the president of TEKNO books.���He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Product Details

  • Series: The X-Files (Book 1079)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (February 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886777720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886777722
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,873,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was the kid in school who always had a science fiction or thriller paperback hidden behind my textbook while class was in session. I was not exactly a gifted student but I did read all the classics (my classics) from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Jack London to Ray Bradbury to Raymond Chandler before I finished high school.

I wrote my first story in third grade. I still remember the first paragraph--I wanted to make sure that my vast readership (me) got the idea that this was a science fiction story. "Johnny Mars walked down Mars Street on Mars one day." I don't know about you but I think that should be studied in every writing class ever taught.:)

About my stories and books:

"Ed Gorman has the same infallible readability as writers like Lawrence Block, Max Allan Collins, Donald E. Westlake, Ed McBain, and John D. MacDonald." Jon Breen, Ellery Queen

Kirkus called Ed Gorman "One of the most original crime writers around."

Gorman's novels The Poker Club and The Haunted have both been filmed. Author of more than thirty novels and ten collections of short stories, The Oxford Book of Short Stories noted that his work "provides fresh ideas, characters and approaches."

The Rocky Mountain News called him "The modern master of the lean and mean thriller." Gorman's thrillers include Blood Moon and The Marilyn Tapes both available as part of the Top Suspense Group (TSG).

His novel Cage of Night, also available on TSG, is one of Gorman's personal favorites. The sites Gravetapping and Good Reads noted "It is truly a classic of the macabre--part mystery, part suspense, and entirely chilling and haunting."

Gorman's westerns have also been lauded by Publisher's Weekly. "Written in a lean hard-boiled style." Rocky Mountain News said "Simply one of the best Western writers of our time." Booklist raved "Intelligent characaters uniuely motivated make for knock-out read."

Gorman is now busy on a suspense novel he hopes to finish this year. Gorman can be reached at New Improved Gorman http://www.newimprovedgorman.com/ You can also follow him on Twitter.

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Popular belief amongst those who have crossed paths with this humble yet frizzy-haired critic indicates that I am not exactly a product of an entirely Earthian enterprise. Wherever I was found, and whomever found me, was it a going most bold? How in the names of heckfire and spandex does my enigmatic origin relate to this compilation. Heyyyyyyy....depending on the fella or gal who has an opinion, the outerspace-oids are my kinda wackybells! "The UFO Files" was a pleasant zephyr of a diversion to a week that has been hectic, a deluge of missed memos gone ka-fizzle and business transactions ending in the berzerko file due to the various imperfections and inconsistencies in the average homo sapien's work habits. BUT WAIT, THERE IS A BOOK ABOUT WHICH TO BE TALKED HERE!! Oh, yeah...Some great tales:

"Ordinary Aliens"--They came from another galaxy to tell us how to pray! A mirthful romp with a potent punchline!

"Emma Baxter's Boy"--Whatchoo got in that there basement? Lemme take a looky-see..OH MY GOD IT'S A HUNGRY CRITTER..*CRUNCH*...Not much room to roam for a topic that's been addressed previously, but also not a bad story!

"Amid the Walking Wounded"--A man with a massive nosebleed. What is the correllation between the endless flow of crimson from the nasal cavity and the odd dark shapes that lurk in his peripheral vision?? Tightly told and avoids a clearly-defined explanation so the reader can draw his/her conclusions with a smirk!

"Daddy Dearest"--This is the queer cat of the collection because the plot involves a deceased daddy's ashes conversatin' like he was still amongst the living, tormenting his offspring, resulting in the rolls of the eyes and the exhausted sighs...but where do the aliens go?
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The UFO Files - Edited by Martin H. Greenberg – 1998 - I love science fiction anthologies. They’re short and sweet and easy to pick up and put down. I read so many of them, in fact, that I’m surprised this is my first anthology review. I especially enjoy anthologies written on a theme. This collection of short stories is all about aliens descending upon unsuspecting Earthlings and the challenges that ensue. Some are funny, some make you think, but none are not quickly forgotten.

I do have some favorites in this collection. Unlike Twilight Zone punchline stories – “To Serve Mankind! It’s a cookbook!” – most of these have a twist on the twist. A middle-aged man takes his devoted wife to meet the aliens who abducted him only to discover he wasn’t abducted and he’s not him. When a hungry spaceship arrives on Earth, the little green men beckoning from the open doorway are like those fish that dangle worm-shaped organs to snare prey.

We’re given several explanations of what the abductions are really about (besides filling a flying saucer’s stomach). Many of the tales make you wonder who is the alien and who is more frightened by our first contact, us or THEM? This book contains all great stories by some well-known authors such as Gregory Benford and Alan Dean Foster. I won’t be including a paragraph of which stories to skip in this review. As I said, they’re short, clever, and thought-provoking.

The one about the mild-mannered history teacher who can detect “aliens” by their dead eyes may be a chilling tale about a psychopath or the world’s savior. Probably my favorite is the one where the wounded alien woman comes into a Casablanca-themed Rick’s Bar. She’s saved by a young man who knows all the lines (from the movie). Clever.
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This book gave fresh stories of strange happenings. I really think that this is an excellent book.
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