Suspecting gas poisoning, the army is notified. They discover that a caged canary becomes unconscious upon entering the affected region, but regains consciousness when removed. Further experiments reveal the region to be a hemisphere with a diameter of 2 miles (3.2 km) around the village. Aerial photography shows an unidentifiable silvery object on the ground in the centre of the created exclusion zone.
After one day the effect vanishes along with the unidentified object, and the villagers wake with no apparent ill effects. Some months later, the villagers realise that every woman of child-bearing age is pregnant, with all indications that the pregnancies were caused by xenogenesis during the period of unconsciousness referred to as the "Dayout".
When the 31 boys and 30 girls are born they appear normal except for their unusual, golden eyes and pale, silvery skin. These children have none of the genetic characteristics of their parents. As they grow up, it becomes increasingly apparent that they are, at least in some respects, not human. They possess telepathic abilities, and can control others' actions. The Children (they are referred to with a capital C) have two distinct group minds: one for the boys and another for the girls. Their physical development is accelerated compared with that of humans; upon reaching the age of nine, they appear to be sixteen-year-olds.
The Children protect themselves as much as possible using a form of mind control. One young man who accidentally hits a Child in the hip while driving a car is made to drive into a wall and kill himself. A bull who chased the Children is forced into a pond to drown. The villagers form a mob and try to burn down the Midwich Grange, where the Children are taught and live, but the Children make the villagers attack each other."
Alien hybrid kids with mind control powers -familiar? Two films from this Village of The Damned (1960) and then Children of The Damned. Lots of publicity for the MGM remake of 1981 that never happened but John Carpenter remade Village of The Damed in 1995. There are lots of sci fi films, TV programmes, comic books and magazine stories and articles on the same theme. Wilson doesn't mention these. However about ten years ago I termed "alien hybrid children" with the better name of "Midwich Cuckoos". Andrija Puharich of Uri Geller fame was looking into such "mentally gifted" children before his death.
Wilson feels that 'aliens' or whatever force is behind the alien fakery, is helping to develop new humans -like the ones Puharich was looking into. John Mack was right, it seems...in a way.
I re-read what Publishers Weekly wrote about this book:
"In over 80 books, Wilson (From Atlantis to the Sphinx) has reported on a wide variety of alternate realities involving crime, sex and the occult, all based on the underlying premise that our everyday consciousness is meager compared with powers potentially available to us.
This attempt at a synthesis of the alien/UFO phenomenon shows Wilson's encyclopedic strength to be also his weakness. In his zeal for inclusiveness, he reports not only on the history of UFOs from mythology through Kenneth Arnold to Philip Corso (The Day After Roswell), but also writes about Uri Geller, LSD research, crop circles, ley lines, the Loch Ness monster, remote viewing, Jung, hypnotism, poltergeists, Ouspensky, out-of-body experiences, quantum physics and a great deal more.
There is little new here: much of the book is composed of un-foot noted second- and third-hand accounts of UFOs, alien encounters and (perhaps) related phenomena drawn from other sources, resulting in an unfocused catalogue of anecdotes, the larger import of which is rarely assessed.
Periodically Wilson asks, as if talking to himself: "What, then, are we to make of it all?" At times he finds unbelievability a plus: after all, if someone were simply fabricating a story, wouldn't they make it more plausible?
By the time readers reach the chapter titled "Oh no, not again!" the phrase has an unintended inflection. In the end, Wilson seems to regard aliensAwhatever they areAas agents in the transformation of human consciousness, but he provides little solid support for, or elucidation of, such a hypothesis."
I purchased this book because I really rated Wilson from some previous works including Poltergeist, which I consider(ed) a classic. I just could not believe what I read. This is a classic example of jumping on the abduction bandwagon and spouting so much nonsense -as stated in the quote above. This is what you get when someone who has no knowledge of the history or subject matter buys a lot of books and splutters on for 371 pages. This is NOT "the most comprehensive bird's eye view of the subject ever undertaken" -that is a pure bull shit statement (well, its Virgin Books).
Pilot sightings of UFOs, radar-vizual cases...I could go on but these are not even touched on. Just "Keel and Vallee were almost right but I've sorted it all out from my study"
A very, very, very, VERY disappointing book and I would never recommend it.