The Sysop's Bookshelf TITLE: Light Years, An Investigation into the Extraterrestrial Exper

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The Sysop's Bookshelf --------------------- TITLE: Light Years, An Investigation into the Extraterrestrial Experiences of Eduard Meier. AUTHOR: Gary Kinder PUBLISHED BY: Atlantic Monthly Press AT: New York, NY 1987 VIEWPOINT: Zetetic --------------------- Reviewed by Bob Howard --------------------- "Light Years" by Gary Kinder, Copyright 1987 by Gary Kinder and Intercep, published by The Atlantic Monthly Press, A Morgan Entrekin Book. An investigation into the extraterrestrial experiences of Eduard Meier. A readable book and one suggesting a lot of information, but as- serting little. There is no hypothesis for continuing the investiga- tion. There is no suggestion of someone else initiating contact with the Pleidians, and of course there is the existing evidence that some of the pictures were taken of models, which is glibly explained away. The long and the short of this investigation is that, indepen- dently of Mr. Kinder's journalistic research, other UFOlogists feel the case is weak for Mr. Meier's contacts. What then of Mr. Kinder's book, apparently underwritten in part by Intercep. I don't have access to Mr. Kinder's notes, but I do wonder about some of the assertions. For instance, on Pp 205-207, his quotes of authorities lead one to believe that the 'beam ship' sounds are analog or natural sounds as opposed to the sounds made by a digital synthesizer. The inference being that all synthesizers are digital. The contrary, however, is the case. Digital synthesizers are only four - five years old. Analog synthesizers have existed since Bob Moog invented the first commercially available unit in 1949. In fact many companies are still manufacturing analog synthesizers. I may be unduly picky but "... it's one thing to make something that sounds like it and has those consistent and random oscillations in it." smacks of an incomplete quote. Consistent and random are diametrically opposed and I do wonder about their juxtaposition. I am uncomfortable with the Author's Note on the last page of the book where he tells the reader that although he said one thing in the text of the book, actually something else is true. The book is comfortably entertaining, lots of characters parade through the manuscript, and we leave a solitary 'Billy' in his farm- house at the conclusion, or should I say ending of the book. As entertainment, "Light Years" is dandy, but as a document of investigative reporting on UFO phenomena it does a disservice to the serious UFO researcher and investigator, and isn't a definitive source of information on the Meier case. Bob Howard (Note the opinions expressed in this book review are solely the reviewers and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Sysop or this bulletin board.)

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