Contactees: Eyewitness Accounts Of Alien Encounters

Contactees: Eyewitness Accounts Of Alien Encounters
By Lynette Fleming
Basil & Spice

Remember the science fiction movies from the 50s and 60s? A flying saucer lands, a ramp folds down, and alien beings march out to talk to the puzzled and frightened humans … Our family, in addition to watching Bonanza every Sunday and endless episodes of I love Lucy, took in (often on the edge of our seats) every science fiction movie on television. Once I went off to college, I read a multitude of books by Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and many others who brought an alien world before my eyes and into my mind. So when I heard about Contactees: A History of Alien-Human Interaction (New Page Books/Dec 2009) by Nick Redfern, which tells the tales of real people who claim to have had direct contact with visitors to Earth, I dove right in finishing off the book in a couple of days.

Contactees is a collection of eyewitness accounts, a story told by Nick Redfern who has worked to uncover previously classified British government and military files on UFOs dating from WW II. Interestingly, you’ll find that UFOs, the FBI, CIA, crops circles, and even LSD are intertwined in this historical tale of the special people who have been brave enough to tell of their encounters with space ships and alien beings. It all began with an American pilot, Kenneth Arnold, who had an airborne encounter with nine peculiar looking aircraft over Mt. Rainier in 1947. The FBI believed him to be a credible source, and as more sightings were claimed by others, the U.S. military began Operation Sign later replaced by Project Grudge which then turned into Project Blue Book. The latter was an Air Force operation which became the most famous UFO study program, which began in 1948 and continued until 1969.

Since the late 1940s, people from all over the world have claimed to have had contact with aliens, usually seen dressed in tight-fitting, one-piece-outfits with lush, long and flowing blond hair. The visitors almost always express concern over our warlike ways, suggesting that we disarm our nuclear arsenals, and live in peace and harmony with each other. These encounters have taken place in deserts, dense forests, and even within isolated diners on long stretches of highway.

In 1989 in Great Britain, a woman walking her dog was approached by a man dressed in a light-brown garment like a “flying suit.” He told her he was from another planet and the circles (crop circles, that is) had been caused by others like him who traveled to Earth. Minutes after he disappeared, she heard a loud noise behind her and saw “a large, glowing, orange-white, spherical object rising vertically” from behind a group of trees. Later, in the summer of 1990, another woman in England was approached by a man “dressed in bright white overalls” who had really long yellow hair. He told her crop circles were indeed the work of extraterrestrials, who were trying to make us think about the world and the environment by making patterns containing messages. The man then vanished, and appeared to her the very next day. She saw him on the other side of the road, smiling, and pointing to the sky, before he curtsied like in an old film and disappeared.

These are just a couple of the stories told within this book. If you think as I do … that with all the other planets and universes out there that there likely is life on other planets somewhere … you’ll want to read this history of alien-human interaction. Some stories you’ll find easy to believe, and others you’ll find less than credible. Even so, you will be entertained from one story to the next, all told by one of the world’s most famous experts on extraterrestrials, UFOs, and other unexplained phenomena.

Nick Redfern is a full-time author and journalist specializing in a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including UFOs, alien contact, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, government conspiracies, and paranormal phenomena. His previous books include Memoirs of a Monster Hunter; Strange Secrets; A Covert Agenda; and There's Something in the Woods. Among his many exploits, Redfern has investigated reports of aliens in Mexico; lake-monsters in Scotland; vampires in Puerto Rico; werewolves in England; and crashed UFOs in the United States. Find the author online at
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