Science: Saucers Flying Upward

For several months the lists of bestselling books have offered multiple proof of man's incurable yearning for marvels. Near the top of the "nonfiction" section stood Immanuel Velikovsky's scientifically preposterous Worlds in Collision (astronomy based on hashed-up mythology). Close below was L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics (psychiatric home-treatment practiced as a sort of parlor game).

Last week both books were threatened by a new rival in the science-fantasy field. Frank Scully's Behind the Flying Saucers (Henry Holt; $2.75) was amazing its staid publisher with steadily mounting sales.

The Little People. Scully, author of a...

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