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Anomalous Phenomena

  • Andrew May
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Abstract

Since Charles Fort’s time, “anomalous phenomena” of the kind he specialized in—mysterious events supposedly beyond the abilities of science to explain—have continued to crop up in news reports and fringe media around the world. Such phenomena have tremendous appeal both for pseudoscientists—who can employ them as “evidence” for whatever crackpot theory they are putting forward—and for science fiction writers, who can weave their plots around them. As with Fort’s own work, the line between fact and fiction often becomes blurred. This chapter examines some fictional and non-fictional treatments of anomalous phenomena—including such modern myths as the Philadelphia Experiment and the Bermuda Triangle.

Keywords

Black Hole Science Fiction Anomalous Phenomenon Time Vortex Tunguska Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew May
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  1. 1.CrewkerneUK

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