JOHN KEEL: NOT AN AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING

February 25, 2013

Keel and Sanderson Try to Write a Book (2)

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Sanderson wrote to his agent, Oliver Swan, on April 12, 1966, filling him in on the proposed UFO book.  He gave his reasons for the title, and discussed his working relationship with Keel.  I should mention that, in fact, John didn’t have a commission from Playboy to write the definitive UFO article; he had agreed to a short article on spec.  Also, he didn’t write regularly for the magazine, but had only been published in the letters column.

On April 15, John also wrote to Swan.  There was trouble brewing: he was already balking at Sanderson’s chatty style.  John was an American journalist, and Sanderson a Scottish raconteur; and they had very different approaches to their material and to their audience.  Ideally, they should have complemented one another, but ideals don’t always materialize.

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February 21, 2013

Keel and Sanderson Try to Write a Book (1)

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I posted something a while ago on the book that John Keel and Ivan Sanderson tried to write together in 1966.  It was to be called Abominable Space Things, and was to cover the subject of UFOS from early history to the present (well, to 1966, that is).

In the next few posts, I’ll air some of the correspondence from that failed collaboration.  As you’ll see, they had different approaches and strong personalities, and the project fizzled.  This first letter is from Sanderson to Keel, April 12, 1966.  He’s evaluating some of their sources, assessing the commercial possibilities of the book, and figuring out representation.  More will follow…

 

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