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The encyclopedia of alien encounters
Baker, Alan, 1964-
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Publication Information:
New York : Facts on File, [2000]

Physical Description:
283 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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BF2050 .B35 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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What happened at Roswell in 1947? What is the Air Force doing out at Area
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Author Notes

Alan Baker has written and illustrated over 40 books of his own, six of which have been chosen for the book of the year list. These include the Little Rabbit series which have sold over 750,000 copies to date worldwide. White Rabbit's color book was a 2008 IBBY choice. His style consists of a pencil rough with final artwork rendered using traditional methods - watercolour, pen and ink, airbrush, and crayon. The illustration is produced as separate elements and then composed and colour adjusted in photoshop using layers. Alan Baker has won the Benson & Hedges illustrators gold award, Gold Creative Circle award, Silver Campaign Press award. He also gained a IRA/CBC. Childrens Choice award & was a Flair Creative match winner.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

UFOs have exerted a fascination over the modern imagination that few phenomena can rival. This work brings together stories and speculation about human and alien encounters in both fact and fiction. Arranged alphabetically, entries cover incidents, people, places, and stories. Television programs and movies such as Alien, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The X-Files are included. The familiar subjects such as Area 51, Crop circles, and Men in black are all here, as are famous encounters by George Adamski, Kenneth Arnold, and Betty and Barney Hill. The articles are generally well written and informative. They range in length from a few sentences to almost two pages. The author warns in the introduction that all the events described are "alleged" and that he has taken an impartial stance on the issue. He includes more mundane explanations for some phenomena, like the two English men who claimed to have created the crop circles, at least in England, and he does mention other theories regarding sightings of unidentified objects, such as weather events and government experiments. Supplementing the articles is a bibliography of mainly books and a few periodical articles. Very little new information is included. Many of the incidents and individuals can be found in the two-volume The UFO Encyclopedia: The Phenomena from the Beginning, by Jerome Clark (2d ed., 1998), and UFO: The Definitive Guide to Flying Sauces and Related Phenomena, by David Ritchie (1994). Ritchie's view excludes visitors from outer space but includes paranormal explanations. Libraries with either of those two works or other good UFO books can probably pass on this one. But for school or public libraries with either a large demand or small holdings on the topic, this volume would be a good choice.

Choice Review

Fascination with the subject of UFOs and alien encounters has continued for more than five decades. Baker's encyclopedia complements Ronald D. Story's The Encyclopedia of UFOs (1980) and Jerome Clark's The UFO Encyclopedia (2nd ed., CH, Nov'98). Baker focuses on alien or nonhuman encounters rather than on UFO sightings, and includes such diverse subjects as Bigfoot and hollow earth theory. Entries are brief and arranged alphabetically. There are some cross-references, a short index, and 16 pages of black-and-white photographs and illustrations. References are extremely sparse, and the bibliography of suggested readings is brief. The UFO Encyclopedia contains far more detail and more references, but Baker contains some material it omits. General readers; undergraduates. L. Joseph; North Dakota State University



What happened at Roswell in 1947? What is the Air Force doing out at Area 51? Is the truth really out there and, if so, are we ready to accept it? The Encyclopedia of Alien Encounters is an excellent resource for the long-time UFO follower as well as a great starting point for those researching the subject for the first time. In an engaging and easy-to-use A-to-Z format, it offers an authoritative and objective account of the key events, encounters, personalities, theories, and myths of extraterrestrial lore. The book concentrates solely on the field of alien or non-human encounters, resulting in the most complete and comprehensive resource available. More than 350 entries delve into various aspects of the alien contact phenomenon, including:Astronomers, such as Carl Sagan and Frank Drake, and self-proclaimed alien hunter and ex-CIA agent Derrel SimsWorks of fiction inspired by contact reports and how they mirror society's and the media's reactions to such encountersThe phenomenon's influence on the popular mythology of the late twentieth centuryUFO sightings and alien abductionsBlack helicopters, the unmarked helicopters often seen in connection with UFO/alien activityConspiracy theories, such as those associated with cattle mutilationMen in Black, both on film and in UFO- and alien-related investigationsSearch for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Excerpted from The Encyclopedia of Alien Encounters: A Complete Guide from Abductions to the Yeti by Alan Baker All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.