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Contactees: A History of Alien-Human Interaction

Contactees: A History of Alien-Human Interaction [Paperback]

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December 20, 2009
"A revealing look at alien contact."
- Jim Marrs, author of Alien Agenda

We are not alone...and Nick Redfern can prove it.

Contactees contains the fascinating stories of the select group of people chosen by visitors to Earth to spread their message. Are aliens really among us? Don't be too quick to dismiss their claims.

Truman Bethurum was divorced by his wife because she believed he was having close encounters of a very personal kind with a beautiful extraterrestrial "space captain" named Aura Rhanes. Is he nuts? Prescient? An omen?

A band of eerily human-looking, blond-haired aliens--later known as the Space-Brothers--informed other contactees that they were concerned by our warlike ways and wished us to live in peace with one another. Acting on the advice of the Space-Brothers, contactees such as George Van Tassel and George Adamski went out and spread the extraterrestrial word to anyone and everyone who would listen. And many did, including U.S. government agencies.

More than half a century later, the contactees are still among us, still telling their tales of personal alien encounters, and still maintaining their cult-like status in the world of UFOlogy. Nick Redfern's Contactees relates their thought-provoking, lluminating, controversial, and sometimes bizarre stories in all their appropriately out-of-this-world glory.

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About the Author

Originally from England, Nick Redfern lives in Arlington, Texas. He 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. He writes regularly for UFO Magazine, Fortean Times, Paranormal Magazine, and Fate. 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.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Career Press; 1 edition (December 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601630964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601630964
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Contactees" Defines this Strangest of American Sub-Cultures, December 21, 2009
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Thus were the words of "Diane," a eight-foot tall alien being "Standing like a sylph-like goddess" after manifesting before Dana Howard, a woman famous for her communications with what she believed to be alien visitors from Venus in the 1950s. Howard's claims certainly represent a fringe element in the history of Ufology, some spectral aspect that can be attributed to the extraterrestrial mystery. As obscure as her story remains in the present day, there is one collaborative aspect to all this that cannot be ignored: she was not alone.

With his book Contactees: A History of Alien-Human Interaction, Nick Redfern has placed himself at the pinnacle of what may be the strangest aspect of modern Ufology. Indeed, many like Howard-famous and flamboyant individuals throughout history-have claimed to possess knowledge of beings from other worlds; although the greatest concentration of contact with "aliens" maintains an epicenter that comprises the last sixty years. This historic period is the focus of Redfern's book, which the author presents for us in the most well-researched and informative presentation available.

The contactee element is so strange, and in many ways distinguishable from all other aspects of the UFO experience. For instance, many contactees claim to have met and interacted with extraterrestrial intelligences without falling victim to popular (and often sensationalized) abduction reports that have become so common. Take George Adamski, "The Ultimate Contactee" (to whom Redfern devotes an entire chapter in his book). Adamski, if his claims of travel to distant planets like Venus are to be believed, seemed to have been a willing recipient. "Someone take me down the road quick," Redfern writes, quoting the famous contactee. "That ship has come looking for me and I don't want to keep them waiting!"

Or consider the backwoods exploits of Ralph Lael, who upon entering caves in the Black Mountains of Western North Carolina began a strange series of communications with aliens from the planet Peewam (fortune smiled upon Lael in the truest sense, as his alien captors closely resembled scantily clad ladies in bikinis).

In addition to providing brilliant, informative first-hand research, Contactees also highlights the work of a variety of other individuals who have staked claims in the field of Ufology and alien encounters. Greg Bishop, Timothy Green Beckley, Joshua P. Warren, Jim Mosley, Regan Lee, are all interviewed within its pages, providing what may be the most diverse argument pertaining to human-alien interaction throughout the ages that has ever been produced. Perhaps, though sadly, one of the book's brightest points of interest involves the discussion of cryptoterrestrials, a sort of last will and testament given by the late (and sorely missed) researcher Mac Tonnies. The inclusion of Tonnies' futuristic interpretations provide icing on the cake to what otherwise would still be by far the best--albeit the strangest--book on UFO contactees to-date.

Indeed, Contactees outlines a peculiar subculture that remains present in the fringes of Americana, and though well known to some, it has received its best treatment thanks to the efforts of Redfern. With the information provided in this book, one may even begin to interpret the manner and appearances of UFO craft throughout the decades... perhaps the next move of the trans-generational "Space Brothers" lies within its very words.

-Micah A. Hanks is a freelance writer and editor of The Gralien Report.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT actually about "alien-human interaction"!, August 31, 2010
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I rarely write reviews for items I purchase from Amazon, but I need to make an exception here in order to warn potential readers. I went into this book thinking (from the title and product description) that this is a book about the "history of alien-human interaction". What I found was a book by an author who doesn't actually believe that the "contactee phenomenon" represents extraterrestrial encounters.

The book is far from a "history" as well. The author has hand-picked some of the more notoriously ridiculous reports, while glossing-over many more believable, well-documented extraterrestrial encounters. The reason becomes evident towards the end of the book; the thesis of this book is that the "contactee phenomenon" can be attributed to terrestrial energy sources that intelligently (or possibly unintelligently) interact with the human brain.

It's not that the idea of this is particularly unbelievable or offensive to those of us who believe in the extraterrestrial hypothesis, but the book is marketed and presented in a way that leads potential readers to believe that they are purchasing a comprehensive look at "alien-human interaction". That is most definitely NOT what this book is. It's an alternative look at the contactee phenomenon, from an author who doesn't believe in "aliens" by their popular definition.

Be warned; this book is critical to the point of disbelieving (one could argue that it is even ridiculing at times) the extraterrestrial hypothesis, and does not represent a comprehensive history of "alien-human interaction" in any way, shape, or form.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs better editing, but otherwise very intriguing, February 28, 2010
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I picked this book up today, and though I am thoroughly enjoying the variety of some of the most unusual contactee tales I've ever read, I am more than a little concerned at the editing. Typos, font size changes, date continuity errors, and random grammatical trouble are so common in this book that it becomes a distraction, even in the first few chapters.

HOWEVER, please don't pass over this book if you're interested in the topic. Most of the other reviewers delve into the numerous good aspects of this book, so I won't repeat what they've already excellently written. I am not done with this book yet, but am thrilled with it thusfar.
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