My Two Decades on the UFO Beat
SWAMP GAS TIMES
is a revealing
memoir by a
journalist who has covered the UFO field for more than twenty years.
This honest, behind-the-scenes look at how the media handle UFO stories
also examines the dramatic events and major players that have
transformed UFO research in the past quarter century. [Excerpts]
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Patrick Huyghe was a
journalist for more than two decades during which he also acted as
contributing editor to Science Digest and Omni.
authored numerous books, including a series of field guides to the
unknown for Avon and Quill; taught science writing at the college
level; produced public TV documentaries for WGBH-Boston and WNET-New
York; and written texts and interactive scripts for science exhibits
from New Jersey to Malaysia. He is currently the editor-in-chief of
Paraview Press and also edits a print and web journal on the mysteries
of science, history, and nature called The Anomalist.
Trade paperback: $17.95
349 pp. with 8 page index
from Swamp Gas
without the book's commentaries and updates to articles originally
written for The New York Times, Omni, Science Digest, Newsweek,
See Colin Bennett's "An
Experiment in Autobiography: A Review of Patrick Huyghe’s Swamp
Gas Times" in Phenomena Magazine.
See John Rimmer's review "A
refreshingly balanced approach to ufology" in Fortean
"...one of the best journalists covering the UFO scene...fascinating,
level-headed and filled with behind-the-scenes insights...
recommended..." --Peter Robbins, UFOCity.com
"The UFO Beat, as Huyghe calls it, is a drama of many scenes based upon
a puzzling complex of physical, physiological, and psychological
phenomena...The personalities involved are fascinating; and Huyghe has
confronted many of them in his many articles...His interviews and
oversight give him an unrivaled vantage point from which to sketch out
one of the most fascinating social phenomena of our time...It's an
insider's view well told." --William Corliss, Science Frontiers
"Having removed himself from the 'gutter-roots' of UFO group
controversy, Huyghe is able to combine an outsider's objectivity--being
in thrall to no group or partisan publication--with an insider's
knowledge of the complexities of the subject and of the politics and
personalities involved....each of the pieces in this book is a model of
literate UFO journalism...An essential book for anyone who wants a
rational guide through the UFO jungle..." --John Rimmer,
"Huyghe lives up to his ambition of tackling the topic with honesty and
integrity. This one comes highly recommended..." --Kenn Thomas, SteamshovelPress.com
". . .one of those pulse of treatments that examines its subject,
ufology, so closely from the inside out, it makes your flesh crawl. .
.It is well-written, it is fascinating, and it is revealing." -- Loren
"[Huyghe] is an excellent journalist and editor... with a keen sense of
objectivity, awareness and insight. I highly recommend his latest..."
-- UFO Lawyer Peter Gersten
"You do yourself no favor if you fail to buy, read and seriously think
about this book."
-- Geroge W. Earley, UFO.
"...an excellent writer... will keep the reader turning the pages as
they review highlights of the past half century." --Dwight Connelly, MUFON
"The UFO book of summer 2001! ...[will] please readers looking for
something other than the usual dry recitation of sightings." --F.
Milton Olsen III, Citizens Against UFO Secrecy