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Swamp Gas Times
My Two Decades on the
UFO Beat

by Patrick Huyghe

Paraview Press, 2001
ISBN: 1-931044-27-9
Journalism/UFOs, 349 pp
Trade paperback: $17.95

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ABOUT THE BOOK
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. In a series of commentaries and updates to articles written for the New York Times, Omni, Science Digest, Newsweek, and elsewhere, you'll learn:

  • whether the New York Times and other media organizations have conspired to keep the truth about the UFO phenomenon from the public

  • why “60 Minutes” hasn’t pursued the UFO mystery

  • what the government really knows about UFOs (and whether or not the president has been told)

  • what role NASA has agreed to play in UFO research

  • whether UFO home videos have captured advanced technologies on tape

  • if crime lab techniques could help finger an alien abductor

  • whether defense satellites have tracked objects not of this earth

  • what made Carl Sagan think we may have received signals from an extraterrestrial civilization

  • what the Pentagon says when asked if the military is involved in “alien abductions”

  • and what those top-secret National Security Agency documents reveal about UFOs.

REVIEWS
"...one of the best contemporary writers on the subject...It is refreshing to discover from the pages of this excellent book that the hard-nosed, investigative edge of American UFOlogy is still alive and well."--Jonathan Downes, Wyrd

“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… It’s an insider’s view well told.” --William Coirliss, Science Frontiers

"...one of the best journalists covering the UFO scene...fascinating, level-headed and filled with behind-the-scenes insights... highly  recommended..." 
--Peter Robbins, UFOCity.com

"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

"Huyghe lives up to his ambition of tackling the topic with honesty and integrity. This one comes highly recommnded..."
--Kenn Thomas, SteamshovelPress.com 

"[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

"...an excellent writer... will keep the reader turning the pages as they review highlights of the past half century." 
--Dwight Connelly, MUFON UFO Journal

"Swamp Gas Times provides an important historical record of media coverage on this subject and therefore has much to teach us." -- Leslie Kean, Journal of Scientific Exploration

  Patrick Huyghe

PATRICK HUYGHE
was a freelance science journalist for more than two decades during which he also acted as contributing editor to Science Digest and Omni. He has 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.

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