AT the time of going to press, it is twelve years ago since Stephen Darbishire photographed the Coniston saucer. Twelve years since the writer first examined and correlated the Darbishire and Adamski photographs by orthographic projection in Space, Gravity and the Flying Saucer.
At that time the scientific world was clamouring for 'just one tiny shred of scientific evidence' to justify the existence of flying saucers. 'Show us just one' they said, 'and we might begin to think there is something in it'.
The analysis of these two photographs was in the strictest sense scientific, and the resulting conclusions were fair and unbiased. Yet although these offered something a little better than the 'tiniest shred of scientific evidence', for the only alternative amounted to a world-wide conspiracy, the conspicuous silence which followed, both in the national dailies and the scientific press, left no doubt as to their interest. Perhaps it was simply a case of the lay public press not being able to understand, despite my attempts to portray the claim simply. Maybe it was out of sheer scientific aloofness that the technical press chose to ignore it. But the fact remains—the analysis did not fail to impress all those who read it. And further, the claim is just as valid today as it was then; it still stands up to sensible consideration.