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Flying Saucers - Serious Business

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  14 reviews
What was the mysterious solid object that struck a Comet jetliner in flight over India? - Has modern science already communicated with intelligent beings from outer space? - Why have UFO's undergone drastic design changes in the past sixty years? - What was the thing that followed a Polaris missile in 1961 and caused the radar tracking gear to lock on it instead of the mis ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published August 28th 1987 by Citadel Press (Secaucus, NJ) (first published January 1st 1966)
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Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
I happened upon this book only because reference was made to it by Annie Jacobsen in her recent work, 'Area 51'. Edwards book, despite being outdated and, apparently, factually incorrect if Annie Jacobsen's research proves to have been more meticulously researched (I think it was), was entertaining, nonetheless. Edwards did a fantastic job of organizing his book and compartmentalizing various aspects of so-called "ufology". However, the book's real value, in 2011, is the fact that it serves to i ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This may have begun my UFO period (read it when I was 16 or 17. It was the first of many UFO books I purchased at the time. I was really into it.) Of course I'd already UFO accounts in other books of the "strange but true" variety, two of those (at least) by Frank Edwards who wrote this book.

This volume has many "first person" accounts as well as other reports of all kinds of UFO encounters. There are encounters of the "First", "Second" and of course the "Third" kind....

Stories of small aliens w
Charles Jr.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Valuable as a historical resource of sauceriana in its age, and one must give early Art Bell-type Frank Edwards credit for the wild data he amassed before the internet (much of which really does need to be fact-checked more). But one must note, his book ends with that stern warning (as so many of these UFO books do) that THE COVERUP CAN NO LONGER BE SILENCED! THE CURTAIN HAS NOW BEEN PULLED BACK! TRUTH WILL BE KNOWN IN A MATTER OF MONTHS, MAYBE WEEKS! ...and so on. 50 plus years later, authors i ...more
Hank Hoeft
From fifth grade through seventh grade, I was crazy about UFOs and flying saucers, and this is the book that started it all. My older brother bought a copy through Scholastic Book Services at school, and I devoured the book before he read it. Looking back, I don't know how sharp my critical thinking skills were when I was ten years old, but the possibility that all the stuff Edwards reported is true, was thrilling to me and totally captivating. ...more
Adam Swift
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Three stars for nostalgia's sake, because I read this when I was a kid, but man, there is no actual chronology or organizing principle to this book other than, here, it's another page or two ona UFO sighting before I move onto another one without any regard for where or when it happened or for the history of the phenomenon. ...more
Martin Kalfatovic
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Serious? Maybe... not

I read this back when I was twelve or so. Re-reading it was a trip down memory lane in a flying disc. Interestingly well written in a style that assume the facts are true and that explanations are “fake news” ... Edwards was ahead of his time.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting look back. This was written after roswell but before the moon landing, and this book is VERY confident the space race is happening because there's an alien base on the far side of the moon. An early example of government cover up theories! ...more
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Shelves: 5d-ufology
I jave the english
and the serbocroat edition from Beograd 1969: leteči tanjiri - ozbiljno pitanje
Taede Smedes
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ufo-s
Jerome Clarks beroemde “The UFO Encyclopedia: The Phenomenon from the Beginning” (2nd Ed., vol 1, p. 358) schrijft over Frank Edwards (1908-1967): “Frank Edwards, a famous radio broadcaster of the 1950s, was an early champion of flying saucers, a close friend of pioneering ufologist Donald E. Keyhoe, and a board member, from 1956 until his death, of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena. He also wrote one of the best-selling UFO books of all time, ‘Flying Saucers – Serious Bu ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Tremendous thinkers who devised theories that advanced our species' understanding were silenced for not keeping their mind closed within the then accepted norms of their time (e.g. Galileo, Copernicus, Giordano Bruno, and others). If you wish to mock or laugh at a phenomenon that we do not yet understand, then this book is not for you.

Science had never required nor asked that those who would scientifically consider a question, close their minds to possibilities not yet accepted.

Rather, science
Erik Graff
Jan 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Forteans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sciences
I started getting into talk radio during junior high school, often listening to it as I went to bed. The night-time shows were best and not all that different than today. The usual format was to have a familiar host, a guest, a conversation between them and then open telephone lines. The usual topics I'd listen to were political, often about civil rights or the war in SE Asia, but sometimes the exotic would creep in--anything from theories about the Kennedy assassination to UFOs.

I suspect I hear
Christopher Sutch
Jul 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edwards provides quite a bit of useful and interesting information in this book and, for once, he properly documents nearly all of it. Unless one is a total dupe of the Air Force "explanations," or a member of PSICOP, it is impossible to ignore a lot of the cases Edwards examines. HIs theory that a UFO would openly land soon after publication (in 1966) has, evidently, proved false, but that idea was taken from a military estimate of UFO activity, and one could hardly expect administrators to be ...more
Never did seriously read this - it was a gag gift from IJ :o)
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book is written when Roswell incident was totally unknown.
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