High Strangeness: Lighten up, UFO People

Friday, June 30, 2017

Lighten up, UFO People

Hoo-boy, UFO people do get tetchy...

This conversation about my book is taking place right now in the "UFO Updates" Facebook group:
This is why the aliens laugh at us.

Fin Handley "About the Book
The wildly entertaining and eye-opening biography of J. Allen Hynek, the astronomer who invented the concept of "Close Encounters" with alien life, inspired Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster classic science fiction epic film, and made a n
ation want to believe in UFOs."

WTF? "invented the concept of 'close encounters'"? Coined the phrase maybe. But the concept/idea of "close encounters", i.e. a close quarters meeting with a ufo craft and occupants, came when people first started reporting such events. Am I wrong? Surely he 'coined the phrase' in RESPONSE to the reports. The sentence above blatantly appears to be suggesting that it was the other way around: he INVENTS the very idea of people meeting ufo crafts and their occupants, and THEN people start to report such things. That is nonsense.
Curt Collins
Curt Collins I doubt Mark O'Connell wrote that blurb, but we can ask him.
Mark O'Connell
Mark O'Connel  You're right, Curt, the publisher writes all the cover copy, and yes, sometimes they do go for simple, clear words and images to grab the reader's attention. I have an opportunity to edit the copy, but in this case I thought the wording was just fine (within the constraints of what we could realistically fit on the cover). Fin, I don't disagree with your logic, but I do think you're splitting hairs. Obviously, Hynek did not invent the phenomenon of the close encounter itself, but he did invent the conceptual construct of the "close encounter" as a means of classifying and describing certain types of UFO events.


Bill Pilgrim said...

A. "It was saucer shaped."

B. "No. It was disk shaped."

C. "No. It was elliptical!"

Anonymous said...

My copy of The Close Encounters Man has arrived! Looking forward to reading it. :)

Mark UFO'Connell said...

Cool, I hope you enjoy it!