Aliens: Why They are Here

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Scribner, 2005 - Human-alien encounters - 340 pages
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"Since 1947, aliens have poured from the abyss that lies between ourselves and the world." So begins Bryan Appleyard's dazzling survey of one of the most pervasive yet under-reported phenomena of modern times: aliens -- what they are, why they are here, and what they say about us.
Before science and technology took hold of our lives we called them different things: angels, demons, goblins. But in the post-nuclear world, in which man has discovered his cosmic insignificance, our need for aliens has reached the stars. Since 1947 there has been a deluge of sightings, abductions, cover-ups, conspiracies and all their associated sub-plots from cattle mutilation to anal probes. Science fiction both on the page and on the screen is in thrall to our perception of Little Green Men.
How did we get here? And what does our fascination with all things alien, whether extraterrestrial or manufactured, say about us in a post-religious world? Bryan Appleyard's brilliant book is both a cultural history and an intellectual tour de force, covering everything from the joyful anthropocentrism of "Star Trek" to the bloody-minded nihilism of Stanislaw Lem.

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User Review  - monnowman - LibraryThing

Starts well, but ends by rambling. I kept finding myself thinking "And your point is...?".[return][return]Love the cover though. Read full review

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Starts well, but ends by rambling. I kept finding myself thinking "And your point is...?". Love the cover though. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledge tnents IX
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PART ONE Answers
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Kenneth Arnold
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Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Bryan Appleyard hat ein Studium am King's College in Cambridge absolviert und war von 1976 bis 1984 Financial News Editor and Deputy Arts Editor bei der Times. Seither ist er als freier Journalist fA1/4r eine ganze Reihe angesehener Zeitungen und Zeitschriften tAtig, darunter The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Spectator, Times Literary Supplement, New York Times und Vanity Fair. Er ist dreimal als Feature Writer of the Year und zweimal mit dem British Press Award ausgezeichnet worden. Als Dozent hat er an den UniversitAten von Boston, St. Andrews, Glasgow, Leeds, Cambridge, Oxford, Dublin, London und Liverpool unterrichtet. Er ist Fellow des World Economic Forum. Er hat mehrere SachbA1/4cher verfasst, darunter das auch in deutsch erschienene, viel gelobte Der halbierte Mensch. Die Naturwissenschaften und die Seele des modernen Menschen und zuletzt Aliens: Why They Are Here. Appleyard lebt in London.

Website: www.bryanappleyard.com

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