Award Winners (in
alphabetical order by author)
Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity
by Bruce Bagemihl
St. Martins Press
A biologist documents the unbelievable diversity of sexual practices
and strategies in about 300 species and shows that homosexuality
(and other sexual behaviors) is pervasive and universal.
by Susan J. Blackmore
Oxford University Press
A parapsychologist who rejects the paranormal, Blackmore proposes
that memes (cultural beliefs, practices, inventions, etc.) shape
human behavior just as genes do and takes that idea to its chilling
conclusion. A mind-bender.
Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays in Unnatural History
by Jan Boneson
Cornell University Press
A collection of well-researched essays into such subjects as the
feejee mermaid, spontaneous generation, the riddle of the Sailisk,
Odd Showers, and the Dancing horse. Top-notch.
Good to be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends
by Jan Harold Brunvand
W. W. Norton
A terrific collection of urban legends. People actually fall for
some of this stuff, which is well worth knowing about in the context
of the paranormal and other anomalies.
and Rockets:The Occult World of Jack Parsons
by John Carter
I'm fascinated by the story of Jack Parsons, cofounder the Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, and his heavy involvement in magick and the
occult. Fabulous story with long introduction by Robert Anton Wilson.
A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras,
and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature
by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark
A terrific one-volume overview of the subject of "hidden animals"
and the people who investigate their existence, including new
material on such subjects as the coelacanth and the pygmy elephant,
among the nearly 200 entries.
Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mystery Primates Worldwide
by Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe
The cover of the January 2000 Scientific America says "We
were not alone. Our species had at least 15 cousins. Only we
remain." This book argues that we are not alone today and that
populations of more than a handful of these cousins still exist
today. Ground-breaking, if I may say so myself.
Infrastructure: Remarkable Roads, Mines, Walls, Mounds, Stone Circles*
Compiled by William R. Corliss
In this remarkable catalog of scientific anomalies--every one
of which we highly recommend--Corliss turns its attention to the
many mysteries of archeology--and what a bounty it is: the enigmatic
stone spheres of Costa Rica, North America's calendar sites, Lake
Superior's copper mines, and much more--412 pages worth in all. Corliss
has extracted the anomalous material from the scientific literature,
organized it, and provided commentary and an evaluation of it.
Corliss is the anomalist par excellence.
Medicine : Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing
by Larry Dossey
Fortean medicine? You might say that. Dossey, a true visionary,
believes that the powers of the non-local mind point to a whole new
future for medicine.
Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind
by Richard Haines
An examination of 242 cases where humans have deliberately signaled
to UFOs--and the outcomes. Though I have reservations about his
reliance on the CSETI material, Haines provides some interesting
food for thought.
by Mark Hall
One of the most original thinkers and theorists in hominology
examines the evidence to support the contention that several
existing types of as-yet-undiscovered hominoids live concurrently
with Homo sapiens. Includes material on the Gardar Skull of Greenland,
the Kennewick People and a behind-the-scenes look at the Minnesota
River : A Journey to the Source of HIV and AIDS
by Edward Hooper
Little Brown & Company
A well-researched investigation into the origins of AIDS. Could it
have come from contaminated polio vaccines?
by Peter James and Nick Thorpe
A huge tome offering scientific explanations for many of those
puzzling "ancient mysteries" like the Nazca lines, Atlantis, King
to the Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters
by John Mack
A more thoughtful, cross-cultural look at the abduction phenomenon
and what it all means to this positive-thinking Harvard psychiatrist.
Geller: Magician or Mystic
by Jonathan Margolis
The remarkable life story of the famous spoon-bending psychic
well-told by a Time magazine journalist, who starts out
skeptical and ends up a convert.
Edited by Steve Moore
John Brown Publishing
Reliable. Scholarly. Fascinating. This 300-page issue
such fortean topics as out-of-place ships, the Big Grey Man of Ben
Macdhui, Giants Boas, and Dog-Headed Men.Worth the rather steep
price of admission alone, however, is Karl Shuker's "A Supplement to
Dr. Bernard Heuvelman's Checklist of Cryptozoological Animals." Don't
Great New England Sea Serpent: An Account of Unknown Creatures
Sighted by Many Respectable Persons Between 1638 and the Present Day
by June P. O'Neill
Down East Books
Using primary sources the author presents a passionate chronicle of
300 years of sightings of an unusual type of animal that apparently
exists off the coasts of Maine and Massachusetts--or did until
Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries about the Event that Changed
by Walter Pitman and William Ryan
Simon & Schuster
Two scientists search for evidence of the biblical flood and find
that in 5600BC the rising waters of the Mediterranean broke through
the Bosporus into a freshwater lake, creating an event that had
enormous consequences for human history.
Ufology : How the Application of Scientific Methodology Can Analyze,
Illuminate, and Prove the Reality of Ufos
by Kevin Randle
A well-done summary of the scientific evidence for UFOs. Everyone
can learn something from this book--beginners and experts. Bottom
line: the evidence is both better and worse than you think.
Abduction Enigma: The truth behind the mass alien abductions of the
late twentieth century
by Kevin Randle, Russ Estes, and William Cone
The best attempt yet to explain the abduction phenomenon as a
combination of pop culture, folklore, dreams, and the current mental
health climate--though it falls short of being totally convincing.
Good critiques of the works of abduction researchers.
Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age
by Richard Rudgley
British scholar urges that the chronology of human cultural
evolution be pushed back well into the Paleolithic, a revision which
most prehistorians consider heresy.
of the Rocks: A Scientist Looks at Catastrophes & Ancient
by Robert Schoch
Maverick geologist surveys theories linking various geological
phenomena with the rise or demise of ancient civilizations and
evaluates Atlantis, pole shifts, Biblical flood and other claims
from a geological perspective.
That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home and Other Unexplained
Powers of Animals
by Ruppert Sheldrake
The controversial biochemist looks at the "unexplained powers" of
cats, parrots, horses, monkeys, sheep, chickens, but mostly dogs and
interprets them in terms of his theory of "morphic resonance."
Souls: The Scientific Evidence for Past Lives
by Tom Shroder
Simon and Schuster
An editor for the Washington Post accompanies psychiatrist Ian
Stevenson on field trips to Lebanon and India to investigated cases
of alleged reincarnation. The skeptic ends up with a sympathetic
account of Stevenson's life-long, past-life research.
of Planet Earth
by Karl Shuker
A beautiful book by a zoologist examining many often overlooked
mysteries: anomalous ailments, therapeutic animals, flying snakes,
malign mists, angels relics, monastery imp, and much more. Very
Werewolf Book: The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting Beings
by Brad Steiger
Though heavy on the fictional material, Steiger presents interesting
background on were-creatures of all types. The shape-shifting nature
of much "unknown" phenomena is worth reconsidering.
UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence
by Peter Sturrock
Essentially an overview of the evidence presented by UFO experts to
a group of impartial scientists at the Pocantico Conference near
Tarrytown, New York in 1997. This attempt to reevaluate the evidence
pertaining to UFOs was organized by Peter Sturrock and financially
supported by Laurance Rockefeller. This is a mini-Condon Report, if you
will, and while it's far from perfect, the book is tremendously
important: it has been a long time since a scientist of Sturrock's
caliber has come forward in public and said that UFOs deserve the
time and attention of scientists.
Life: Martian Nanobacteria, Rock-Eating Cave Bugs, and Other Extreme
Organisms of Inner Earth and Outer Space
by Michael Ray Taylor
Maverick science as adventure, about mysterious subterranean
creatures that may redefine the concept of evolution. Watch the
academic fur fly.
Island UFO: The Crisman Conspiracy
by Kenn Thomas
Here is everything you would ever want to know about the very real
intelligence connections between an early UFO "crash" and the JFK
assassination. Weird. Conspiracy buffs will love this one.
Science: An Expert Explains Ghosts, Voodoo, the UFO
Conspiracy, and Other Paranormal Phenomena
by Michael White
Provides reasonable scientific answers--without being totally
dismissive--to many controversial unexplained phenomena like UFO
abductions, zombies, psychic spoon-bending, etc.