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The Truth Is Out There (The Official Guide to the X-Files, Vol. 1) Paperback – November 15, 1995

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Fans of TV's hottest cult show will find this compendium of facts and figures about The X-Files essential. Contains complete episode guide, photos, the story of the show's origin, interviews with X-Files creator Chris Carter and actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, plus a detailed look at the extraordinary special effects and a wealth of intriguing trivia.

About the Author

Brian Lowry is the Los Angeles television editor for Daily Variety, the show-business trade newspaper, where he has worked since 1987 reporting on the TV industry in addition to writing reviews and the weekly column "Changing Channels."

A native of Los Angeles, he is a graduate of UCLA, who, during and after college, freelanced for various publications, among them Starlog magazine.

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Product Details

  • Series: Official Guide to the X-Files (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; First Edition edition (November 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061053309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061053306
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By chad steingraber on June 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Even the most avid fan needs a road map to the X-Files (I know I do!). I have been a fan since the very first episode and I own all the episode guides, all seasons on video tape, all seasons on DVD and various other books and magazines....so, it is safe to say that I like the X-Files. This is definitely a book for the X-Files fan! It has all of season 1 and 2 with a detailed synopsis for each episode...including important dialogue quotes. It has great photographs also to accompany the stories. You could easily understand what's going on just from reading this book....it's also good as reference when something happens in later episodes that you didn't understand, to go back and find out who, why and what.
It also has all of the awards the show had won during those seasons. Well worth the money and makes a good collectible item!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1997
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As a virtually new X-Phile (lover of the X), I found that this book gave me the necessary edge to to compete with old Philes in chatrooms and conversations. The book gives important facts and interesting biographies, but for the person wanting gossip and tabloids about the actors and actresses involved with the making of The X-Files, this book is not for you. This book is good to have for reference purposes...I find that I return to it constantly to look up facts and review episode descriptions. So, for the young (or new) Phile, this is for you!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
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As a 11 year old child, now very interested in the x files, I needed a way to learn of all the things I had missed in the first couple of seasons without straining by budget. Then I found this. With detailed walkthroughs of the first three season's episodes, and biographies of the actors/ actresses, as well as the characters, I found this book as the thing I wanted.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
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An excellant and complete episode guide which is accompanied by never-seen-before photos. Includes interesting interviews with the cast which give you an indepth insight into who Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and Chris Carter are. Essential reading for any X-philes as this is the book which traces the shows orgins - it shows you how it all began!! 5 years later its important to take a look at the past.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Minyi Jo Lee on March 17, 1999
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It is a very clear and excellent book for everybody to read. I particularly enjoy the episode guide part in this book. It depicts clearly the cast, the plot,and some comment about how to shoot these episodes. Also, in these episode guides, there are many good picutres which give readers visual sastisfation. If you like The X Files show, please don't miss this book. It's really fantastic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1998
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This was a pretty good book, although it did not delve into the episodes as much as I would have liked. It was little more than an outline of the first and second season episodes, but I really enjoyed the interesting bits of info surrounding the characters, the actors, the writers, and the behind-the-scenes action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TorridlyBoredShopper VINE VOICE on March 29, 2011
Format: Paperback
When you go back and check out books like these, make certain the material is what you are looking for. Personally, I picked this up some time ago and, for what it is supposed to cover, it really made an impact. That said, it is only a synopsis for the first two seasons of the X-Files and there are some really big books that cover a lot of ground when it comes to the show. The thing is that the price goes up on things like that, too, and you really might just want a framework of how things began and how things were playing out.

According to Chris Carter, there is a theme that traverses three seasons of the X-Files, and that theme becomes really transparent here. You notice a lot of what he is aiming for - and wil later call "Abduction" in the X-File Mythos discs - and that can really use a companion like this. Those are not bad for a fan of the series to pick up, either, and going back and looking at those always looks good here. If you want to add to that then look up the book by Simon, who talks about the science behind the series. That means you gleam a lot of information from a little bit of reading, and you see the reality and the notion thats et everything up.

Basically, this is one of those things that lurks in fandom. If you are just wathcing and want to know about all the seasons, you might not want this. I think it is amazingly done but there are some equally amazing sets, and some come in around the 30 to 40 range. Still, this gets a nice 5/5 for what it is, sharing the joy of two seasons beautifully.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 1999
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I think this book is for every kind of person who is willing to take an adventure to explore the world of The X-Files. This book is in depth with all topics concerninging this great show.
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