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IN ALIEN HEAT: The Warminster Mystery Revisited (English Edition) par [Ries, John, Dewey, Steve]
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There has probably never been anything like it in UFO history, but the UFO fever that gripped the small British town of Warminster for about a decade is now largely forgotten. It was one of the largest UFO flaps ever to occur. Thousands of witnesses reported seeing the "Warminster Thing." The hilltops around the town attracted a loyal band of followers, all waiting for the magic sighting, the landing, the contact. The authors were themselves among the skywatchers and spent nights on Cradle Hill, the center of the phenomenon, watching and waiting for UFOs.

IN ALIEN HEAT introduces the Warminster phenomenon to a new generation of readers. It contains a short history of the phenomenon, places it in its social and historical context, and examines the possible mechanisms that initiated and sustained this remarkable UFO flap.

Steve Dewey grew up in Warminster. He has a bachelor's degree in Society and Technology and a master's in Popular Culture. He is a technical author by trade.

John Ries also grew-up in Warminster and was a computer programmer specializing in databases. He passed away in June of 2009.

"Dewey and Reis have done a public service in dragging the Warminster Thing and the Warminster phenomenon back into view...this book is a gem, not just for having resurrected the 'case,' but for the relentless dissections the authors put it through...The story of the Warminster phenomenon as Dewey and Reis tell it is at once singular and weird -- not least in its initial manifestation as a still-unattributed series of alarming noises -- and archetypical. This book should be read with care, patience, and reflection, but most of all it should be read." -- Peter Brookesmith, Journal of Scientific Exploration

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Dissecting The Warminster Mystery 28 janvier 2017
Par Arturius - Publié sur
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A detailed and entertaining analysis of the Warminster mystery and its place in the annals of UK UFO lore by two men lucky enough to experience it first hand. For those of us as familiar with the works of Warminster chronicler Arthur Shuttlewood as the authors, this book provides an interesting behind the scenes look at how the mystery evolved to captivate British ufologists for the best part of a decade and a half. It's down to earth approach erases the rosey prose employed by Shuttlewood to document the Warminster phenomena to reveal its bare bones, ripe to be picked over by believers and sceptics alike. Highly recommended.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Much Ado About Arthur Shuttlewood 28 janvier 2013
Par M. LaPlante - Publié sur
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I've always felt that occurrences of the paranormal necessarily present us with a cause for study. It's not that I believe claims of extraterrestrials, for example, are likely to be accurate. Yet many people have had strange experiences in which they firmly and honestly believe, yet which cannot necessarily be explained. This leaves us with the question of how such events -real or imagined- manifest. The truth in any given case may turn out to be physical, psychological, or sociological. Here we have a book which does justice to this line of thinking in the form of an in-depth analysis of a UFO flap over Warminster, England in the 1960s.

"In Alient Heat" is a rather unique and special offering in the field of ufology. Rather than addressing extraterrestrial claims, or analyzing a list of specific cases in detail, the authors take a primarily social approach. How did the Warminster flap start? Who spread the word? How did the extraterrestrial connection occur? How did the phenomenon evolve over time? What leads some people to see UFOs when other people observe street lamps or airplanes? What role did the media play? We read along as the "Thing" of Warminster morphs from unidentified noise into full blown alien invasion.

The majority of the story comes to revolve around one man, Arthur Shuttlewood. A local news reporter with connections, he becomes increasingly involved in the ufological goings-on as time progresses. After becoming a "believer" in the phenomenon, he winds up promoting and hosting local sky watches, making "contact" with aliens, and eventually authoring several books on the topic from his own perspective. Many chapters are devoted to analyzing the life and times of this man: his experiences, his activities, his personality and character, and so on. The authors go a long way to demonstrate that most of what became known as the flap at Warminster were to be shaped one way or another by Shuttlewood.

The authors sew everything up quite nicely in making the argument that it was the people involved, rather than any physical events, that made the Warminster case what it was. The whole affair gives the reader quite the impression that a similar series of occurrences could explain any number of other paranormal outbreaks around the world.

If I have one complaint about the book, it's that it honestly just felt longer than necessary. There are only a handful of actual cases which are quickly out of the way, and the relatively small cast of characters is easily managed as well. The remainder of the proceedings keep coming back to center on Shuttlewood time and again, often repeating the same assertions previously made (he wrote colorfully if not always accurately; he prided himself on integrity; he was honest and firmly held his beliefs; he was not a hoaxer). I realize that the authors went above and beyond to make a thorough presentation, and they certainly succeeded in this way; I was just left feeling that they probably could have sold me on their thesis in 100 or so less pages than was ultimately used. That said, if you do finish the main body of the text, read the Appendices as well. I found them at least as engaging as some of the later chapters, if not more so.

Length aside, I do recommend this book as a first rate case study of the sociology behind a widespread UFO flap. Dewey and Ries have clearly done their homework, and the entire text is thoroughly referenced. The effort and objectivity apparent in this work is sorely needed in all aspects of paranormal research.

Score: 4/5
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent study of the UKs biggest UFO flap 27 février 2007
Par Philip End - Publié sur
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I have to agree with Dr David Clarke when he wrote : "This is a fascinating and absorbing book which should be read by everyone who wants to know 'the truth' behind the UFO mystery."

This book is extremely well written, and thorough. The authors never take themselves too seriously, so whilst being a serious study, it is never dry or dull. I read this book because I lived in Warminster for a few years in the 70's and went to Cradle hill sky watching myself on 4 or 5 occasions. I can vouch for the accuracy of Dewey and Ries's reports on what it was like to be there at that time. But I learned a lot more from the book; about the origins of the 'Thing', which I didn't know then, and have only just learned, and about how the whole affair played out over the years.

The introductory overview of UFO phenomena up to the time of The Warminster 'flap'- ( I'm learning the jargon) provides a very welcome, succinct history of the field for someone like me who has not read widely in UFO literature. It will also provide a useful developmental perspective for others more familiar with the field.

The central chapters of the book look in depth at the history of the sightings in the 60s and 70s. At first, hundreds of people descended on the town to see the lights in the sky, and over the years smaller groups persisted in their sky watches, and were often rewarded with impressive sightings. I found the chapters in the last half particularly interesting. These look in some depth at the kind of psychological mechanisms at work in groups during a UFO flap. The authors always apply what they discuss to the Warminster phenomena but I am sure you could usefully apply their principles to analyse almost any UFO sightings and apply most of the same principles to analyse similar phenomena, such as Nessie, ghosts, or Bigfoot sightings.

So, I believe this is a book which is of much wider relevance and interest than to the few people who know of Warminster. It should be essential reading for any serious student of UFO phenomena. One warning; this book is for those who are open- minded, curious and interested in the truth, but it will seriously challenge the beliefs of those who pin their faith on 'our flying friends'.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The UFO phenomeon in its proper context 5 juin 2007
Par Stefan Isaksson - Publié sur
Format: Broché
A UFO-book truly worth reading is one where you won't read exclusively about this particular aerial phenomenon, but also learn about such matters as the historical and social context where the sightings took place, why the local inhabitants acted and reacted the way they did, what the consequences were, and so on. A book like that is of interest to more people than just your everyday UFO buff, and if you on top realize that the authors actually have a sense of humor; well then finding a reason not to get a copy of your own will be difficult indeed.

And In Alien Heat is a book just like that.

Steve Dewey and John Ries both grew up in Warminster, England. In the middle of the 1960s, strange and mysterious phenomena started happening throughout the city; phenomena that were being caused by "The Thing." Local reporter Arthur Shuttlewood became involved and started reporting, and over the years authored a whole bunch of books. Originally having a skeptical approach, Shuttlewood started becoming more and more convinced that friendly extraterrestrials for some reason had zoomed in on Warminster. The city's reputation started building up, local tourism started booming, Warminster became known all over the world, and soon Shuttlewood changed into the local UFO guru; the wise man who stood on Cradle Hill with his followers skygazing.

The survey over how the UFO phenomena over Warminster came to be and evolved over the years is very fascinating indeed and well worth reading. However, the sections dealing with the phenomena in general are the ones that turn out to be the most interesting in the entire In Alien Heat. Because Dewey and Ries definitely has a good view of the human nature and her fascination with the unknown:

"There is no doubt that many witnesses who came to Warminster were seeking awesome, profound experiences. If they found what they came for, if awe and wonder touched them, then whether what they saw was an internal or an external manifestation is, perhaps, irrelevant to them." (pg.200)

As is the case with any other books of non-fiction, even in this case there is a possibility that readers who aren't immensely interested eventually will start getting sick of the whole thing, but, in case you do finish the entire book (and I highly recommend that you do so) you'll be rewarded with tons and tons of great information. Very great, indeed. The Warminster phenomena eventually began to come to an end, and one by one the faithful believers stopped skygazing at Cradle Hilll. A number of the events that took place in Warminster over the years were quite absurd, to say the least, but the analysis provided by Dewey and Ries nonetheless continues to be of the highest quality throughout the book, and they even manage to squeeze in a few jokes here and there. But more than anything you'll finish the book with a much greater deal of understanding for mankind's fascination with the paranormal and mysterious:

"UFOs seem to pop up everywhere, from conspiracy theories through to archaeology. We live in a culture that, it seems, is hungry for the unexpected, the unusual, the fortean. Is it any wonder, then, that we appear to filter out cold, dull, reality and allow through the mesh only that which is exciting, awesome, and unreal?" (pg.211)
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