ME HUMAN, YOU ALIEN: How to Talk to an
Jonathan Vos Post
(c) 1996 by Emerald City Publishing
an excerpt from a book entitled THE HANDBOOK OF UFO CONTACT,
to appear Spring 1997, New York: William Morrow & Co.
Copyright 1996, by Emerald City Publishing.
All rights reserved. May not be reproduced without permission.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction and Chapter One
A Handful of Coins, A Loop of String, a Flashlight, and Two Magnets
Pocket Change Worth Billions
A Loop of String, Approximately 72" in Circumference
Soldier's Bed = Church Window = Fish Pond
A Pocket Flashlight
Two Small Bar Magnets
Experiment 1: Magnet and Compass
Experiment 2: Testing UFO Material
Experiment 3: Magnetization, Magnetic Induction, and Curie Point
A Pad of Paper and a Couple of Pens or Pencils
Speech Lessons, Informants, and Two or More Extraterrestrials
Protocol and Protagoras: The Empirical Approach
What Kind of Language?
Sound, Light, Viruses, and Neutrinos
(g) Biomorphic Writing
(h) Biological Vectors
(i) Direct Nerve Contact
(j) Exotic Radiations
Linear or Nonlinear?
Systematic, We Hope
I Never Metasystem I Didn't Like
What is the Meaning of Meaning?
Arbitrary is as Arbitrary Does
Conventions: Pay at the Door
By Way of Contrast
You're So Creative!
Unique in All the Universe
Pythagorus, Rosetta Stone, and Omnilingual: Science Fiction Insights
¥ Gauss and Pythagorean Triangle
¥ Weinbaum's "A Martian Odyssey"
¥ Knuth and Arithmetic
¥ Leinster's "First Contact"
¥ Piper's "Omnilingual"
¥ Sagan's Intellectual Seive
¥ Aldiss' "Dark Light Years"
¥ Clarke's "Childhood's End"
¥ Dickson's "Alien Way"
¥ Gallun's "Old Faithful"
¥ Hoyle's "Black Cloud"
¥ Leiber's "Wanderer"
¥ Violent Sci-Fi Movies
¥ Yefremov's "Heart of the Serpent"
¥ MacLean's "Pictures Don't Lie"
¥ Mann's "Eye of the Queen"
¥ Masson's "Not So Certain"
¥ Niven's "Mote in God's Eye"
¥ Watson's "Embedding"
¥ Delany's "Babel-17"
¥ Vance's "Language of Pao"
¥ Lem's "Solaris"
¥ Sagan's "Contact"
¥ Pohl's "JEM"
¥ Moffitt's "Jupiter Theft"
¥ Clement's "Mission of Gravity"
¥ White's "All Judgment Fled"
¥ Farmer's "Mother"
¥ Lasswitz' "Two Planets"
¥ Oliver's "Unearthly Neighbors"
¥ Recent Fiction
¥ LeGuin's "Author of the Acacia Seeds"
¥ Sheckley's "Language of Love" to be done
¥ Fontenay's "Communication" to be done
¥ Kerr's "Communication" to be done
¥ Aarons' "Communicators" to be done
Further Adventures in Exo-Linguistic Analysis to be done
Aliens, Language, and Twilight Zone
Aliens, Language, and The Outer Limits
A Collection of Memorable Aliens
Chapter Eleven: Bibliography
Chapter Twelve: Appendices
Appendix: People to Contact for First Contact
Appendix: Declaration of Principles Following the Detection...