Field Guide to UFOs
by Dennis Stacy and Patrick Huyghe
From the book...
The late J. Allen Hynek, Air Force
astronomy consultant for Project Blue Book and founder of the Center
for UFO Studies that now bears his name, once referred to the sheer
number of UFO reports as an "embarrassment of riches." The numbers
would certainly seem to bear him out. One Gallup public opinion poll
revealed that nine percent of the adult American population, equivalent
to about 11 million people at the time, had seen what they thought was
a UFO. Extrapolated worldwide and over time, the number of UFO
witnesses from the last half century alone easily extends to the tens,
if not hundreds, of millions--only a minuscule fraction of which are
ever reported to the military, law enforcement officials, or civilian
UFO research organizations.
This inherent embarrassment of numbers includes an embarrassment of
forms as well.Obviously, if we had had, say, 37 million reports of the
same object since Kenneth Arnold's landmark 1947 sighting, we would all
be more or less agreed that an invasion of advanced and presumably
extraterrestrial technology was now well under way. But the fact of the
matter is that UFOs are routinely reported in a vastly bewildering
variety of shapes, forms, and behavior. It's one thing to contemplate
that we're being visited on a regular, if not daily basis, by
extraterrestrial visitors. But it's quite another to posit the position
that planet Earth represents little more than a convenient truck stop
on some intergalactic highway, a brief stopover between one edge of the
Milky Way and the other for every passing vehicle of alien manufacture
and its occupants.
Trade Paperback, 180 pages
book is a welcome addition to the library of those eager to know more
about the subject of UFO shapes. There is no question that the authors
are knowledgeable and have done their homework. . . The numerous
black-and-white illustrations by Harry Trumbore are well done, and add
appreciably to the book's interest and value"
"Stacy and Huyghe make some interesting points. . . even if some UFO
reports are produced by something very exotic indeed, it is unlikely
that that something is an alien technology, and more likely to
be something we currently have neither concepts nor vocabulary to
"Meaty. . . a detailed look at representative cases of UFO sightings
and the varying configurations reported by witnesses. . .The Field
Guide to UFOs delivers good value for its price."
". . . the authors do a fine job in organizing [UFO shapes]. . . [a]
nicely done guide by writers who know what they are doing. . ."
--MUFON UFO Jourrnal
"An interesting introduction explains why the authors decided on
recognizing eight and only eight basic UFO shapes. . .This book is a
fine piece of research"
Huyghe signed editions