The English magazine "Fortean
Times", now published monthly, is devoted to studying the
of anomalies and strange phenomena occurring around the world. The
word "fortean" is in honor of American journalist Charles Fort
(1874-1932) who collected clippings and scientific articles on
unexplained occurrences. Fort studied reports of strange lights in
the sky long before the modern era of Ufology.
Recently "Fortean Times" has began publishing a collection of scholarly
articles on various strange phenomena in book form. These are original
articles that have never appeared in the magazine. Of interest to
UFO buffs is the long article "UFOs and the Media" by Neil Nixon.
It is devoted to the subject of why most respectable newspapers avoid
the subject of UFOs, Tabloids which are less respectable will cover UFOs
but are not reliable in their reporting. Thus UFOs and the study
thereof have never reached respectability in the public's mind.
UFOs still have a reputation as a lunatic fringe subject and most
main-line reporters avoid the topic for fear of ridicule.
Another article in Fortean Studies was one on luminescent lights seen
under the waters of the ocean. This most probably is a natural
phenomenon we don't understand yet but could be responsible for UFO
sightings over oceans.
The other articles are not UFO related but are on other anomalies and
Fortean Studies is expensive,
around forty dollars for a soft cover book but it is the premiere
publication for serious study of strange phenomena.