Book Review: UFOs & Aliens : Is There Anybody Out There?
Written By: Paranormal News
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UFOs & Aliens : Is There Anybody Out There? is a collection of original essays published recently by New Page Books which includes works by Stanton Friedman, Nick Pope, Gordon Chism, Jim Moroney, Kathleen Marden, Micah Hanks, Nick Redfern, Donald Schmitt, John White, Thomas J. Carey, Marie D. Jones, Larry Flaxman, and Erich Von Daniken. The fact alone that the essays are all original by this extensive list of authors is enough reason to pick it up. The essays themselves cover classic cases such as Roswell (no UFO book would be complete without it), The Betty & Barney Hill Abduction, The Travis Walton Abduction, as well as providing inner insights on current theories of what UFOs could be and where they potentially come from. The past? The future? Other planets? Inter-dimensional? Most current theories are discussed, with proper balance given to them all.
My personal favorite essays in the book would have to be Nick Pope and Stanton Friedman, simply because they are quite direct and distinct with their language and are willing to debate what they know with anyone without shying away from any potential controversy. Von Daniken, however, is also at his best here with his ’what if’ scenarios, backed up by investigations into our history books and archaeological findings.
As stated in the preface, the purpose of the book is to ’further ignite discussion’ and as such, the works do not necessarily agree 100% with one another, nor is agreement really expected. On my own site, trying to find any sort of harmony of opinions is next to impossible, and the only thing you can really do is generalize on the types of people who are commenting.
“Governments don’t keep secrets. Individuals and the organizations they work for keep secrets,” stated Friedman in the first essay in the book, and it is a sentence which made me smile. The reasonableness of Friedman’s words are almost always spot on to me.
At the end of the book in another essay by Marie B. Jones and Larry Flaxman, an opposite sentiment was proclaimed: “The only way we will ever fully understand just what UFOs are in all their various permutations, where they come from, and why they are here, is if we have full disclosure of all government documents along with full disclosure from the aliens themselves.” I felt that this line of reasoning was in stark contrast to that presented by Friedman, and to find them in the same book together makes you further understand how difficult of a subject matter it can be.
In my mind, there will never be ’full’ disclosure, especially since governments perform a large majority of their work through companies who would consider such knowledge a proprietary trade secret, anyway, and no one ever suspects a company freely giving away that kind of info, let alone the aliens themselves. Besides, when jobs are at stake, putting food in your child’s mouth (or hybrid’s mouth for that matter) usually comes first and foremost, beyond any type of whistle-blowing.
Regardless of the varying opinions, UFOS & Aliens : Is There Anybody Out There? is well worth the read. Enjoy!