I read this book about 24-Jun-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1980. This note was last modified Tuesday, 11-Sep-2007 19:27:28 PDT.
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A friend suggested I read this (and loaned it to me). I'm just a chapter or two in. So far it's not at all clear whether I'm going to enjoy it or not. Big minus: it's a UFO story. With signs of antecedants (in that world) going back to WWII ("foo fighters"). I'm deeply skeptical of UFO stuff in the real world. So much of it is obviously crackpot, and a lot of the rest is conspiracy theory. He'll have to do some good work to dig out of that bad start, and I'm afraid it's going to be a case of a mainstream writer trying to do SF without knowing anything about it. But we'll see.
Seems to have all the UFO nonsense theories. I even caught them mentioning "orgones". And a heavy dose of conspiracy theory—we didn't even manage to keep the Manhattan Project really a secret, and they think we can hide UFOs that keep appearing various places?
Now this, from page 232:
"... That being said, I need only point out that within the visible region a stream of such photons having the same wavelength and frequency will be seen by the human eye as an unusual, glowing, color, ranging all the way from violet to red."
"It fits in with our trace cases. We have often found unusual traces of electromagnetic radiation upon examination of reported landing sites."
I think I'm losing this struggle.
Yep, I officially give up. Page 252. Too much angst and hysterical emotionalism, too many long boring descriptions of wild storms (not very well written), too much conspiracy theory and crank pseudo-science. I give up. Sorry!