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Miracle Visitors (Gollancz SF) by Ian Watson

Miracle Visitors (Gollancz SF) (original 1978; edition 1978)

by Ian Watson (Author)

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Title:Miracle Visitors (Gollancz SF)
Authors:Ian Watson (Author)
Info:Victor Gollancz Ltd, London (1978), Hardcover, 239 pages
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Tags:novel, SF, altered states, UFO's

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Miracle Visitors by Ian Watson (1978)

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    Flying Saucers by C. G. Jung (bertilak)
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    Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds by Jacques Vallée (bertilak)
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    Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Roberts (AlanPoulter)
    AlanPoulter: The core of these two novels is how belief is created in aliens and UFOs, yet they present an entertaining contrast in the manner in which they deal with this theme.

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I thought this was a really silly book. Watson presents us with standard aliens out of UFO lore, combined with Jung's theory of UFO's (thus having his cake and eating it) and an Egyptian order of followers of Rūmī, and seems to take it all quite seriously and uncritically. None of the characters does anything remotely interesting, and there is a tremendously poor scene with an American cop. Really one to avoid. ( )
  nwhyte | Mar 23, 2011 |
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"One of the most intellectually exciting of all Ian Watson's books."--The Times

"An science fiction writer of powerful intellect-the natural successor to H. G. Wells."--The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

"A marvelous and moving piece of speculation on the nature of UFOs. A supremely skillful narrative...A tremendous sense of conviction."--Spectator

An unusually brilliant and mind-stretching metaphysical quest from one of the most exciting talents in science fiction.
John Deacon uses hypnosis to help his patients reach altered states of consciousness. One of his subjects, Michael Peacocke, is unusually susceptible and in their first session together, Michael recalls a "close encounter"--in both senses of the term--with an alien. Deacon, skeptical of the story, dismisses it as an adolescent sexual fantasy. But then strange things begin to happen and Deacon is forced to reconsider. Could UFOs be symbols projected from the collective unconscious? Are they messages from the biomatrix? Does the mind have the ability to project objects and people that are physically real...yet somehow illusory?
A wonderfully fascinating, mind-bending voyage.

Ian Watson is author of Martian Inca, The Embedding, and The Jonah Kit.

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