The Enigma of Streetlight Interference (SLI)
by Hilary Evans
Trade Paperback, 194 Pages
$14.95, ISBN: 1933665475
A young man of Dublin walks past a row of streetlights at night–and they go out, one by one, as he passes.
An engineer in Woodville, Washington, is stopped by police and his car searched to find out what he's doing to their streetlights.
An Australian in the entertainment industry parks his car in a parking lot, and the light above him goes out–until the following evening when he parks in precisely the same space and the light comes on again.
And that's not all. When a guest in a restaurant in Athens, Greece, asks that the music be turned down, they refuse–whereupon she "kills" the restaurant's electricity and they eat the rest of their meal by candlelight. Other people affect traffic lights, computers, railway crossings...
This is Street Light Interference (SLI). Once considered to be folklore–something that happened to a friend of a friend–today it is recognized as a scientific enigma with implications for our knowledge of the universe, including ourselves. In this, the first full-length book on SLI, we hear from some of the hundreds of SLIders who have reported their uncanny experiences, and consider the wider implications of this fascinating phenomenon.
About the Author:
Hilary Evans is a writer on anomalous topics; he has previously authored books on UFOs, ghosts & apparitions, and many other subjects. His most recent publication, co-authored with Robert Bartholomew, is Outbreak: An Encyclopedia of Extraordinary Social Behavior. He has been a policeman in Palestine and a private tutor in Turkey, and thoroughly enjoyed his early career in advertising. Twice a Council Member of the Society for Psychical Research, he helped to found ASSAP (Association for the Scienti? c Study of Anomalous Phenomena), which has pioneered research into the SLI phenomenon and to which all proceeds of this book will go to fund further research. Aside from his writing, he helped his wife found the Mary Evans Picture Library, a leading historical picture archive. His favorite occupation is browsing in antiquarian bookstores. Even their bathroom is lined with books.
Before you begin
Streetlight interference: a definition. Abbreviations. Other notes.
1 – What happens when SLI happens
What happens in SLI; what it is and what it isn’t. A selection of case histories showing representative types of experience. Here and throughout, SLI-experiences are narrated in SLIders’ own words.
2 – Easy answers, hard questions
Initial attempts at explanation are inadequate. Illusion/delusion? Coincidence? Simple explanations such as malfunctioning lights, car headlights, etc.? But none of the “easy” answers are convincing, the hard questions remain.
3 – How to switch off a light
Different kinds of streetlight: how they work, and how they could be interfered with.
4 – The many ways of SLI The diversity of SLI.
5 – Tinker, tailor, soldier, SLIder
All kinds of people, worldwide, do SLI. No typical profi le emerges, or correlations with other attributes.
6 – Alternative states of mind
Most SLIders are in an unusual state of mind when it occurs, but it varies from elation to depression, anxiety to calm.
7 – From radios to railway crossings
Many SLIders aff ect other appliances, machines, and instruments.
8 – Electric girls and glowing nuns
Many phenomena exhibit similarities to SLI: “electric girls,” psychokinesis, poltergeists, machine-busters, ball lightning and BOLs, healers, luminous people, force fi eld theories, anomalies and curiosities, the power within.
9 – ‘Things are against us’
Far-out explanations: Jennings’ “Resistentialism,” Barrington’s JOTTs. Séance-room and other paranormal phenomena.
10 – Making sense of SLI
Attempts to study SLI scientifi cally blocked by the lack of witnesses who can perform on demand. Questions we would like answered. Ultimate speculations about SLI, including suggestions that it may have a deeper significance.
Names of informants with councitations in the text.