23 July, 2014

There's plenty of UFO literature around

The world of UFO literature as discussed in last week’s column is diverse and ranges from extreme paranoia to rational discourse.

With the brief mention of Donald Keyhoe and Erik Van Daniken last time, I would like to continue with my canonical literature survey.
After the initial UFO sighting in Roswell, New Mexico and the establishment of Area 51, Project Blue Book, a US Air Force official investigation into UFOs ran from 1947 until 1969 when it was shut down.
Dr. Allen J. Hynek, an early UFO researcher who served as a consultant to the US Air Force from 1952 to 1969 on Project Blue Book, also presented a paper on UFOs to the United Nations in 1978.
With his scholarly approach to sightings and investigation, Hynek concluded, "For the government to continue to maintain that UFOs are nonexistent in the face of the documents already released and of other cogent evidence …is an insult to the American people."
Dr. Carl Sagan also consulted with Hynek on UFOs and reviewed the project’s final findings. He admitted later in his life that, “I know that UFOs are real.”
Once the government files for Project Blue Book were released, author Brad Steiger published an edited version of the findings and files, which have been reprinted many times since 1978 and remains a key book for researchers.
While remaining behind the scenes after his resignation from Project Blue Book, Hynek went on to continue his research, producing The UFO Experience in 1972, which was turned into a movie in 2013.
While not primarily known as a UFO researcher, philosopher Carl Jung wrote and published Flying Saucers: a Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Sky in 1968. In his book, Jung examined the phenomena from a visionary viewpoint and a manifestation of mythic unconscious states. He equates UFO sightings to dreamlike states and predicted the rise of the spiritual pull of UFOs over a 50-year period.
William Corliss, in Remarkable Luminous Phenomena in Nature, published at least 18 volumes of anomalies collected from ball lightning to pillars of light to luminous bubbles and oceanic light wheels. These volumes are an indispensable resource to the researcher.
Out of the Shadows, by David Clarke and Andy Roberts, presents the history of UFO phenomena in Britain dating back to the 1940s and into the 1980s. This tome is well researched and presented.
More recently, Leslie Kean has released UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On Record (2011) and has documents and sworn statements from military officers around the world that lifts the veil off secrecy regarding first person sightings.
In 2006, Geoff Dittman and Chris Rutowski opened the box on Canadian UFO cases in The Canadian UFO Report. The authors reveal sightings as far back as 1915 above the Parliament buildings and a potential 1973 invasion of Quebec.
Anyone interested in reading further resources can search Google, or Amazon.com for more books.
The truth is indeed out there, but it does take work to find it.

Link:  http://theufobureau.com/theres-plenty-of-ufo-literature-around/


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