978-0-425-16711-3 / 9780425167113

The Science of the X-Files


Publisher:Berkley Trade


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Jeanne Cavelos feels that "The X-Files is actually the television drama most concerned with science today, incorporating recent discoveries and exploring the limits and values of science." Cavelos's guide to the science behind the stories can be a little confusing if you're not an X-phile (it could use a glossary), but it is a treasure-trove of gross science facts you'll enjoy even if you've never seen the show. Disturbing birth defects, parasitic worms that come out of your eyes, killer fungi, cockroaches in serried ranks--whatever makes you go "Ewww," it's probably in here. Besides these monster-of-the-week topics, Cavelos gives a scientific background to the X-Files mythology: the web of aliens (gray, black oil, shape-shifting, whatever), hybrids, abductions, government cover-ups, and the looming figure of the Cigarette-Smoking Man. Whether you are a wide-eyed, broad-minded (gullible?) Mulder or a skeptical, rationalist, cold-water-throwing Scully, this book has an insight, a silly story, or a good quote for you. --Mary Ellen Curtin

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