Meade Layne

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Meade Layne (September 8, 1882 – May 12, 1961)[1] was an early researcher of ufology and parapsychology, best known for proposing an early version of the interdimensional hypothesis to explain flying saucer sightings.[2] Prior to his public work studying ufos, Layne was professor at the University of Southern California, and English department head at Illinois Wesleyan University and Florida Southern College.[1]




Layne speculated that, rather than representing advanced military or extraterrestrial technology, flying saucers were piloted by beings from a parallel dimension, which he called Etheria, and their "ether ships" were usually invisible but could be seen when their atomic motion became slow enough.[2] He further claimed that Etherians could become stranded on the terrestrial plane when their ether ships malfunctioned,[3] and that various governments were aware of these |incidents and had investigated them.[3]

Furthermore, Layne argued that Etherians and their ether ships inspired much of earth's mythology and religion,[2] but that they were truly mortal beings despite having a high level of technological and spiritual advancement.[2] He claimed that their motive in coming to the terrestrial plane of existence was to reveal their accumulated wisdom to humanity.[4] These revelations would be relayed through individuals with sufficiently developed psychic abilities, allowing them to contact the Etherians and communicate with them directly;[3] in particular, he relied extensively on the mediumship of Mark Probert as confirmation of his theories.


  • Layne, Meade, The Ether Ship Mystery And Its Solution, San Diego, Calif., 1950.
  • Layne, Meade, The Coming of The Guardians, San Diego, Calif., 1954.

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  1. ^ a b Borderland Sciences Research entry on Meade Layne
  2. ^ a b c d Reece (2007), page 16.
  3. ^ a b c Reece (2007), page 17.
  4. ^ Reece (2007), pages 16-17.


  • Reece, Gregory L. (August 21, 2007). UFO Religion: Inside Flying Saucer Cults and Culture. I. B. Tauris. p. 213. ISBN 1-84511-451-5.