According to Paranormal-Encylopedia.com: The term close encounter was coined by American astronomer and ufologist Josef Allen Hynek (1910 - 1986) in his 1972 book The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry. Hynek proposed three types of close encounter: First Kind: Sighting of one or more UFOs at a distance of 500 feet or less. Second Kind: Sighting of a UFO with associated physical effects (e.g. heat, electrical interference, etc). Third Kind: Sighting of an animated being (presumably an alien but not specifically defined as such.) Since Hynek's original classification several more types have been suggested, although these are not universally recognized: Fourth Kind: Human abduction by an alien. May also include voluntary experiences. Fifth Kind: Voluntary bilateral contact between humans and extraterrestrials. It had been said that, although they had a horrible family life, Roy Neary's family deserved better than what they were given. Being a family man, I felt that Roy deserved a second chance, an opportunity to try and make things right for his family and for himself. This rendering is based on the family values put forth by Stephen Spielberg while speaking about the movie and novel Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: That was 1977. So I wrote that blithely. Today, I would never have the guy leaving his family and going on the mother ship. There are many unknown forces from within and without that could destroy Roy's quest to return to Earth and to his family. Getting home is just a small part of his dilemma. He also has to consider the attitudes of the people that he desperately wants to reconcile with. The story before you is about aliens, U.F.O.s, volcanic eruptions, airplane crashes, laser attacks, betrayal, murder attempts, mental breakdowns, abductions, rescues, and, let's not forget, cowboys, horses, hillbilly deer hunters, and rats. This narrative is also about the human condition - obsession, abandonment, loss, anger, reconciliation, and vindication. Above all, it is about the glue that binds it all together - love, for ultimately true love conquers all.
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