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We Are Not Alone…

Flying Saucers, Serious Business
Edwards
1966

Submitter: My local library has a whole shelf of dusty old books on UFOs and aliens. There must have been a serious need for the collection as all of these books are from the 1960’s and 70’s. Now they seem to languish on the shelf. I think newer books on this topic might spur interest in the older titles, but all they have are these older ones. Are they worth keeping?

Holly: Nope. A few, sure, and really “important” or well-known old ones if there is a flying saucer “problem” in your town. (Roswell, NM can keep all the flying saucer books they want!) Everyone else needs to identify their flying saucer and alien collection goals and collect accordingly.

*See below for two bonus books from Submitter!

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16 Responses to We Are Not Alone…

  • Red Bud, Illinois had a flying sombrero! I am pretty sure you can see the chin strap if you carefully. And, they had impressionistic trees, to boot.

  • Collection development – serious business

  • I may have read this one—the name sounds familiar. I read quite a few things in that vein (Mothman, sasquatch, UFO, etc.) as a kid.

    • I used to own a copy of Flying Saucers–Serious Business! I think I found it in a thrift store about 1973 (I was 12 or 13 at the time).

      • I’m sure I still have the paperback! My father had a load of UFO and “unexplained phenomena” books, and I just sort of took them over.

  • From having visited Roswell over the 2014 holiday break, I can assure you that the UFO museum has an excellent collection of reference materials. They might even appreciate being offered these items in case the museum doesn’t have them.

  • Ah, yes. I remember this one. Not because I read it, but because my library owned it, and probably had to replace it when it was checked out and unreturned. In a similar vein: Chariots of the Gods (and its sequels) and the Bermuda Triangle. The Time-Life series “Mysteries of the Unknown,” did a great service by summarizing all these topics in a handy 33 volumes (only 33? at the time they seemed to be never-ending).

  • We would see a whole sky full of UFOs now and never know it. We would think the local drones were having a meetup.

  • Oh man. I would pay to take these off your hands to add to my own UFO collection. 🙂

  • The entire 001.9 section in most libraries needs serious review.

    An inconvenient truth: Now that most people have rather ridiculously high-quality video/still cameras on their person at all times (in the form of cell phones), the incidence of well-documented UFO/Loch Ness Monster/Bigfoot/etc. sightings should have skyrocketed dramatically. Instead, they’ve gone down. Dramatically. As in, gone to near-zero. There shall come a time when folks will say “can you believe folks used to believe in such malarkey?”

    But the fact remains that a serious, level-headed book explaining the fact that the existence of Nessie, UFOs, vile vortices, etc. would mean throwing out all biology and physics textbooks and starting new from scratch will languish on the shelves, while highly suggestive, speculative, and conspiratorial books alleging alien abductions, unknown biological creatures, and massive conspiracies will be circulated again and again. Sad but true.

    • Unknown biological creatures, sometimes large ones, still turn up. And bigfoot (to pick one example) hardly requires throwing out all science. Which is not an endorsement of the theories (much as I love Nessie, she’s been thoroughly disproven).

  • I remember all these books while growing up in the ’70s and ’80s!!!! There was a period of time when I was all about all things UFO. 😀

  • In my experience, these can’t be too good, or they would have grown legs long ago.

  • As a kid I loved crawling the UFO section and I find something oddly satisfying and mysterious when i stumble upon some older UFO books. Since this is in the 000s, it isnt a topic that has much proven information and hasn’t evolved much over time. So as long as the collection is diverse in covering the topic and not the same cases over and over, I don’t see a reason to dump this particular topic just simply cause it’s old.

  • Something about that first subheading “… Objects That Come” bothers me. I mean, I get what their going for, but a part of me is thinking “Come from where or to where?” Maybe if they had said “…Come Here” I would feel slightly better.