Re: "Sagan and Velikovsky" to appear in local book stores

Gerry Palo (
Fri, 27 Jan 1995 23:05:20 GMT

In article <>,
al jackson <> wrote:
>>>His books were published anyway (but not under false
>>>pretenses) and became best-sellers. I don't doubt that you
>>>can find them even now in your local library, next to
>>>von Daniken and similar folk.
>> Worlds in Collision shows up in the Astronomy section 'next'
>>(not quite due to alphabetics) to some of Sagan's books. Earth in
>>Upheaval is in the Geology section, along with some of S. J. Gould's,
>>as is Gish's (?) _Evolution: The fossils say no!_.
> At my local big book store I move the Velikovsky books from the
>Astronomy section to the Astrology section. Some time it takes
>the clerks months to figure out what has happened.

I find this remarkable, a kind of gentile form of book burning for the
sake of -- I suppose -- protecting the innocent from dangerous lies. In
an earlier age the Guardians of the Faith simply removed such books to the
pyre. More recently they sent the purveyors and those caught reading them
to the Gulag Archipelago. Of course these sorts of measures are no
longer available in our time and society, so one really must use one's
imagimation. My hat is off to you.

Whence this evangelical zeal to purify your bookseller's shelves? Do you
do this for other scientific books you deem to be in error? Your faith
in the ability of folks to read and judge for themselves is an
inspiration to the faithful.

Here's to the preservation of the Purity of Scientific Thought!

Gerry Palo


Gerry and Janet Palo Denver, Colorado