Looking Forward: Extraterrestrials and U.F.O.s, 1st Edition

  • Published By: New York Times Educational Pub
  • ISBN-10: 1642822671
  • ISBN-13: 9781642822670
  • DDC: 576.839
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2020 | Published/Released December 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2020

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In December 2018, a bright blue light appeared over New York City. In thousands of Instagram posts and tweets, New Yorkers wondered: Could the light be signs of aliens? Although the lights turned out to be connected to a Queens powerplant, the curiosity they sparked speaks to the fascination we have for signs of life outside of Earth. The articles in this collection relate to the search for extraterrestrial life, detailing both the science that guides us toward it as well as the communities who believe it is already among us. In book reviews, op-eds, and feature reporting, scientists and journalists attempt to make sense of the question: Are we alone? Features such as a glossary and media literacy questions and terms engage readers beyond the text.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Aliens and the Cultural Imagination.
1: Why We Keep Dreaming of Little Green Men.
2: Taking U.F.O.'s for Credit, and for Real.
3: U.F.O. Believers and Debunkers Thrive on the Web.
4: Lonesome Highway to Another World?.
5: Pit Stop for U.F.O.'s, and Humans Who Love Them.
6: The Truth Is Out There.
7: Flying Saucers and Other Fairy Tales.
8: U.F.O.s: Is This All There Is?.
9: They've ‘Seen Things'.
Aliens and the U.S. Government.
10: Visitors From Outer Space, Real or Not, Are Focus of Discussion in Washington.
11: C.I.A. Acknowledges Area 51 Exists, but What About Those Little Green Men?.
12: Hillary Clinton Gives U.F.O. Buffs Hope She Will Open the X-Files.
13: 2 Navy Airmen and an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I've Ever Seen’.
14: Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon's Mysterious U.F.O. Program.
15: On the Trail of a Secret Pentagon U.F.O. Program.
The Search for Extraterrestrial Life.
16: The Intelligent-Life Lottery.
17: Should We Keep a Low Profile in Space?.
18: The Flip Side of Optimism About Life on Other Planets.
19: Yes, There Have Been Aliens.
20: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Trappist.
21: A New Exoplanet May Be Most Promising Yet in Search for Life.
22: ‘Aliens' Asks: If the Universe Is So Vast, Where Is Everybody?.
23: Greetings, E.T. (Please Don't Murder Us.).
24: An Interstellar Visitor Both Familiar and Alien.
25: A Nearby Earth-Size Planet May Have Conditions for Life.
26: A Large Body of Water on Mars Is Detected, Raising the Potential for Alien Life.
27: Betty Hill, 85, Figure in Alien Abduction Case, Dies.
28: Philip Klass, 85, Debunker of Claims of Flying Saucers, Dies.
29: When an Astronaut Believes in Aliens.
30: Budd Hopkins, Abstract Expressionist and U.F.O. Author, Dies at 80.
31: John Billingham, Seeker of Extraterrestrials, Dies at 83.
32: Ionel Talpazan, Whose U.F.O. Art Had Sightings All Over, Dies at 60.
33: The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth.
34: Winston Churchill Wrote of Alien Life in a Lost Essay.
35: Ursula Marvin, Geologist of the Extraterrestrial, Dies at 96.
36: Despite Lack of Data From Pilots and Officials, Reports of UFO Sightings Are Many and Widespread.
37: A U.F.O., or Is There an Explanation?.
38: U.F.O. Hits Congestion at O'Hare, Turns Back.
39: Formations in China Desert Are Still a Mystery.
40: Bright Lights, Strange Shapes and Talk of U.F.O.'s.
41: People Are Seeing U.F.O.s Everywhere, and This Book Proves It.
42: Was a Tiny Mummy in the Atacama an Alien? No, but the Real Story Is Almost as Strange.
43: A Radar Blip, a Flash of Light: How U.F.O.s ‘Exploded' Into Public View.
Media Literacy Terms.
Media Literacy Questions.