- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Paraview Press (June 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931044279
- ISBN-13: 978-1931044271
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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"...an excellent writer... will keep the reader turning the pages as they review highlights of the past half century." -- Dwight Connelly, MUFON UFO Journal
"...one of the best journalists covering the UFO scene...fascinating, level-headed and filled with behind-the-scenes insights... highly recommended..." -- Peter Robbins, UFOCity.com
"Huyghe lives up to his ambition of tackling the topic with honesty and integrity. This one comes highly recommnded..." -- Kenn Thomas, SteamshovelPress.com
"The UFO book of summer 2001! ...[will] please readers looking for something other than the usual dry recitation of sightings." -- F. Milton Olsen III, Citizens Against UFO Secrecy
"[Huyghe's] interviews and oversight give him an unrivaled vantage point ...It's an insider's view well told." -- William Corliss, Science Frontiers
A model of literate UFO journalism...An essential book for anyone who wants a rational guide through the UFO jungle. -- John Rimmer, Fortean Times
You do yourself no favor if you fail to buy, read and seriously think about this book. -- Geroge W. Earley, UFO Magazine
About the Author
PATRICK HUYGHE was a freelance science journalist for more than two decades during which he also acted as contributing editor to Science Digest and Omni. He has authored numerous books, including a series of field guides to the unknown for Avon and Quill; taught science writing at the college level; produced public TV documentaries for WGBH-Boston and WNET-New York; and written texts and interactive scripts for science exhibits from New Jersey to Malaysia. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Paraview Press and also edits a print and web journal on the mysteries of science, history, and nature called The Anomalist.
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Of course this is in contrast with our military that dismisses UFO cases as temperature inversion of swamp gas, even after they have been confirmed by pilots and radar.
I have read a lot on UFOs but the author presented some new stories, like his interview with Hynek, which provided nice insight, and his Q & A session with Ida Kannenberg's channeled alien. What I also was not aware of was how much time the government spent investigating UFO groups like NICAP, for the psychological impact of UFOs, rather than actual UFO incidents.
The book is a nice change of pace from the normal UFO books.
In all Swamp Gas Times presents a comprehensive examination of the UFO phenomenon and research throughout the years, including a closer look at many famous events and sightings, government conspiracies, cover-ups, alien abductions, implants, religious angles, MJ-12, and the release of government documents through the Freedom of Information Act.
While Swamp Gas Times may not solve the UFO mystery outright, it does put some thoughts to rest and provides a nice overview of the media's role in UFO history.
The author is a long time OMNI journalist covering UFO investigations. This is the first time I have read any work by Patrick Huyghe and what I found was the reporter I'd always wished for but never found until now.
In the UFO scene, there are only two types of investigator, a UFO buff, or a UFO debunker, and never the two shall meet. This was always very frustrating to me; whenever I read a UFO book (when I used to read a fair bit on the subject years ago), I found the book was never a balanced affair. It was either a UFO buff obviously reporting what he wanted to hear and not what perhaps actually happened, or it was a skeptic debunking the whole affair by claiming the air balloon size object was in fact Venus rising from the horizon. However, what you get with Patrick Huyghe is someone who is prepared to listen and report on both sides of the equation, leaving the reader to make up his own opinion based on arguments from both sides of the debate. And that in a nutshell was what made this book a great read for me.
It's all very well reading a rosy description of a reported event, but usually you are left wondering what a skeptic might have uncovered or suggested during their investigation. With Swamp Gas Times that's exactly what you get, an opportunity to revisit some of the most prominent UFO cases and hear both sides of the debate in each case.
For anyone who has read a little on UFO's the book provides a nice compact summary of landmark cases, and long the way mentions many familiar names from past research. There are over 50 Chapters and because each one is compact and doesn't really go into a massive amount of detail - they really cover alot of ground. From abductions to implants, to NSA and CIA involvement, NASA and the military, it's all in here.
When I read a book I usually take notes on parts I'd like to do further reading on, or with e-books I highlight the text and add a note to remind me what to Google for. With this book by the time I had finished, there was around 40 notes that I wanted to look into for more detail. When I Googled for the first one, I lost the next hour reading some quality stuff and bookmarking some cool new websites.
Swamp Gas Times is an easy book to pick up and read a chapter at a time, although more than likely you'll find it hard to put down and read several chapters in one sitting. If you have ever followed the UFO scene it will be a nice recap of some of the events that drew you to the whole debate in the first place, plus some fascinating new events to mull over. If you have never read anything about UFO's before, this is a superb starting point - 60 years of ufology neatly summerised in easily digestible segments.