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Fortean Times #278 (August 2011)



  • 36 Dogs With Something To Say - Germany's clever canines and the "new animal psychology"
  • 44 Weird Aliens and Fantastic Worlds - The extraordinary art of Bruce Pennington
  • 55 Visionaries - Magicians as artists
  • 56 Britian's Mystery Creatures - An ape-like figure and a Gollum look-alike
  • 30 Meeting Marie Antionette - Two English ladies and a time slip


30 An Adventure in Time (Cover Story)
The year sees the centenary of the publication of one of the most extraordinary and controversial 'ghost stories' of our time. Tom Heywood looks at the characters and events surrounding the Versailles 'time slip' and the debate it has provoked ever since.

36 Canine Intellectuals
Jan Bondeson reveals how an early 20th-century German obsession with the supposedly superior intelligence of horses and dogs gave birth to a 'new animal psychology' and created a host of canine celebrities noted for their philosophical thought, ardent patriotism and even poetry.

SF Special

44 Out of This World
Jen Ogilvie visits the British Library's science fiction exhibition.

45 Ancient SF?
Barry Baldwin asks whether science fiction can be traced back to classical civilisation.

48 Strange Lands
David Barrett interviews legendary cover artist Bruce Pennington.


50 Dictionary of the Damned - No 40. Mysterious disappearances


55 A new Golden Dawn? by Jamie Gregory

56 The ABC X-Files by Merrily Harpur

58 The doctor and the living dead by Mark Greener

Strange Days

Medical mysteries; animals in unexpected places; humming noise baffles a Durham village; a violent gnome and a monkey witch; tribes with different senses of time; an End Times ark-builder and an animal collector; atmospheric warming before earthquakes; bacteria affect weather; the corpse-keepers - and much more.

  • 14 Science
  • 16 Ghostwatch
  • 18 Fortean Follow-ups
  • 19 Alien Zoo
  • 21 Mythconceptions
  • 22 Archaeology
  • 23 Classical Corner
  • 27 Strange Deaths
  • 28 The UFO Files



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It Happened to Me

  • 76


Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Reader Info

  • 78


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