PREFACE TO STRANGE PHENOMENAVOL. G2
More than six months have passed since the publication of STRANGE PHENOMENA,vol. Gl. During that period, the general format of the sourcebooks has been tested,found useful, and in need of no major modifications.Volume G2 is similar to vol. Gl except in emphasis. Falling material (GFx)and solar, lunar, and planetary effects (xxS) are given more play, whereas Gl wasstrong on luminous phenomena (GLx) and sound phenomena (GSx). A considerable backlog of material exists, and vol. G3 will appear in due course. —-The enterprise producing the sourcebooks has been given the nondescript name:The Sourcebook Project any other name would be presumptious and officious.Bulletins are issued occasionally, as buyers are well aware. The Project has alsopublished the first sourcebook in the "ancient man" series, STRANGE ARTIFACTS,vol. Ml. Volumes on geology and astronomy will appear soon. To quote Tennyson,the purpose of the Sourcebook Project is:To follow knowledge like a sinking star,Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.A bit melodramatic for these days, but not bad at all. Meanwhile, it seems pertinentto reproduce the Preface from vol. Gl.
PREFACE TO STRANGE PHENOMENA, VOL. G1
I have always been intrigued with the tailings from the mine of science. I meanhose facts that do not fit the mold, those anomalies that should not exist, those sports,those wild points that lie far off the curve. One of my hobbies is collecting and organizing these homeless facts. These waifs are curious and most intriguing. Either theyare false or science still has much fundamental work to do. But I leave such problemsto the reader. All I have done is collect, categorize, and reprint this anomalous information. The result is this first volume of geophysical curiosities. Perhaps you canmake something out of them. At the very least, I hope you will be excited by the unknown territory that still lies ahead of us.I have devoted a great deal of thought to the organization of this volume. Theformat is flexible. More material may be added within the framework of categoriesfrom any source and any period. Seemingly disparate data are correlated through theindexes and annotations. Whole new categories can be added if it appears necessary.The literature dealing with mysterious geophysical phenomena has been merelyscratched. Volume Gl, the present volume, represents only a small portion of mycollection. Volume G2 is well along in preparation, as are volumes in the fields of ancient man and unresolved geological problems.The data included have been filtered only slightly. Doubtless some hoaxes andhonest misinterpretation will be found in the pages that follow. This is unavoidablein a project of this scope. Indeed, it is unavoidable in all phases of inquiry, especiallythose relying heavily upon observational evidence. Data were selected for inclusionaccording to their "strangeness" and their tendency to contradict current scientifichypotheses or stretch them beyond their present bounds. There has also been adeliberate effort to gather in observations from the 19th Century that have gathereddust too long on library shelves. Anomalous events are too rare to let them be discarded merely because they are old or money cannot be found to put them into