I've noticed that many critics try to shoot Strieber down because they assume his "contact" descriptions are unique. Few within the ufological community attempt to place his narratives in perspective because doing so would tend to undermine the assumptions that govern acceptance of the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis.
Of course, this censoring effect is hardly limited to Strieber. Budd Hopkins, for instance, "screens" potential abductees based on whether their stories jibe with the conventional "nuts and bolts" view. The result is a stream of fascinating testimony -- but what about the stories that didn't make the cut?
We'll likely never know what the neglected data has to tell us about the contact experience until ufology is elevated from its present "ghetto" status . . . and, sadly, very few nonconformist researchers are holding their breath.