UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 512, Issue date, 06-04-12
It Came from Outer Space
Published: 2:08 AM 6/1/2012
Posted by Jon Michaud
This week, in our Science Fiction Issue, Laura Miller writes about the early fictional portrayals of extraterrestrial beings in works by Camille Flammarion, J.-H. Rosny, and H. G. Wells. Miller argues that our imagining of aliens relates directly to political anxieties and developments in science:
At the time that Wells wrote [“The War of the Worlds”], deep-sea explorers were making major discoveries, adding thousands of bizarre creatures to the Book of Life; the imprint of the aquatic is still felt in many fictional conceptions of aliens.
Although “The War of the Worlds” was the first great alien-invasion story, Wells was vamping on a popular genre called invasion literature: hypothetical fiction in which Europeans (usually Germans) use superior weaponry and sneak attacks to seize control of a complacent Britain.
The origin of the invasion story was the subject of Tom Reiss’s 2005 Life and Letters, “Imagining the Worst.” It was George Tomkyns Chesney’s “The Battle of Dorking” which inaugurated the genre, by describing an attack on England by a force referred to as “the enemy” or “the Power.”
Chesney’s novel, Reiss writes, was “intended not to entertain but to shock, yet reaction to it showed that to the reading public the two sensations were intertwined. Chesney had accidentally invented the thriller.” (Our current issue also features Junot Díaz’s own take on the alien-invasion story, “Monstro,” which draws on fears about immigration, climate change, and pandemics.)
Wells wrote three invasion novels: “The War of the Worlds,” “The War in the Air,” and “The World Set Free.” As Reiss notes, Wells’s books were eerily prescient:
Some saw in Steven Spielberg’s version of “War of the Worlds” an allegory of September 11th, but “The War in the Air” actually describes the destruction, by a surprise air attack, of Manhattan. (In fact, the novel roughly sketches the geopolitics of the Second World War: the Japanese rule the Pacific while the Germans, led by a charismatic figure, half Napoleon, half “Nietzsche’s Overman revealed,” conquer Europe.)
Wells’s most disturbing invasion novel, however, was “The World Set Free,” in which the world’s major powers attack each other simultaneously. In the second chapter, Wells provides a detailed description of the atomic bomb, which would not be invented for another thirty-one years, and what remains one of the most vivid evocations of a full-scale nuclear war.
However, as Miller observes, not all imaginary aliens are hostile. She cites the “Men in Black” movies as an example of a more “genial” view. (When the first “Men in Black” film was released in 1997, Kurt Andersen created a helpful taxonomy of movie aliens.)
A less threatening encounter extraterrestrial life was also depicted in Steven Millhauser’s 2009 “The Invasion from Outer Space.” In that story, an apparently harmless yellow dust descends from the sky and covers the world.
We have been invaded by nothing, by emptiness, by animate dust. The invader appears to have no characteristic other than the ability to reproduce rapidly. It doesn’t hate us. It doesn’t seek our annihilation, our subjection and humiliation.
After so many fictional portrayals of belligerent aliens in popular culture, his benign arrival comes as a complete anticlimax for the citizens of Earth:
We had wanted, we had wanted—oh, who knew what we’d been looking for? We had wanted blood, crushed bones, and howls of agony. We had wanted buildings crumbling onto streets, cars bursting into flame. We had wanted monstrous versions of ourselves with enlarged heads on stalk like necks, merciless polished robots armed with death rays.
We had wanted noble lords of the universe with kind, soft eyes, which would usher in a glorious new era. We had wanted terror and ecstasy—anything but this yellow dust.
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Could UFOs Spotted over Mersey Have Come from Halton?
Published: 1:20 AM 6/1/2012
by Oliver Clay, Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News
A UFO expert has reported the sighting of two unidentified objects heading over the River Mersey from the Halton end of the estuary.
Pat Regan, author of UFO: The Search For Truth, said the two small grey objects appeared at about noon last Tuesday while he was enjoying a picnic.
He said they are the latest in a long line of mysterious sightings related to the river’s Runcorn and Widnes stretch – where previous sightings have reported objects emerging from the water and taking to the skies.
In the most famous incident, a ‘silver sphere’ appeared to suck water from the river.
However, the author said that the latest incident could be one of many that appears to be linked to geological phenomena.
Hours later Pat was listening to the radio when he heard that a ‘minor tremor’ had occurred near Preston, Lancashire.
He said the sighting is among a catalogue of incidents in which UFOs have appeared within hours or days of earthquakes.
Some Ufologists claim the link indicates that flying objects could be phenomena such as ball lightning that is released when the layers of the Earth move, creating static electricity which is then belched out into the air.
However, Pat is keen to ‘keep an open mind’ and said years of sky watching have not ruled out the possibility of extra-terrestrial origins.
He said: “Some of these objects move so fast that people don’t even notice they’re there until they come to check their camera. I’ve spotted objects when I’ve had my exposure set to 1/800th of a second.
“I started out years ago when I was fishing with my daughter and I’ve heard so many tales since then.
“We just can’t be sure. A lot of people think they could be military projects or meteorological phenomena. There has been an awful lot of seismic activity after UFOs were spotted.
“There have been a lot of sightings down by the Runcorn-Widnes bridge with stuff coming out of the river then shooting off into the sky.”
He added: “I spotted these two objects the other day and couldn’t identify them.
“They appeared to be travelling toward the wind turbines on the Wirral and had small shining spots on the tops which could indicate something metallic.
“We just don’t know.”
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1948 Aztec New Mexico Incident
Published: 2:03 AM 6/1/2012
The Aztec Incident occurred in March 1948, just 8 months after the Roswell Incident, and based on information now available it appears the government and military had learned from their mistakes at Roswell. Aztec had no newspaper or radio reports as Roswell did, when the Incident happened, which then had to be covered up and excuses given for the next 65 years.
Over the years since Aztec happened there has been very little information forthcoming, in fact there were only 2 books published about the event, again unlike Roswell.
The first was Frank Scully’s, “Behind the Flying Saucers”, published in September 1950. The second book was co-written by William Steinman and Wendelle Stevens entitled, “UFO Crash at Aztec”, and published in 1986. Both of those books created controversy, and created more questions than answers.
Who was the mysterious “Dr. Gee”, how could a 99’ diameter craft be moved from the site to a secure location, and was the whole incident the work of con-men as many debunkers and critics have argued? There lies a similarity to Roswell in that debunkers and critics don’t normally do the research required, as was the case with Karl Pflock and Dave Thomas, who were two of the most vocal debunkers of the Aztec Incident.
Finally in 2012 a third book has been published, co-authored by Scott and Suzanne Ramsey, entitled, “The Aztec Incident, Recovery at Hart Canyon”, ISBN 978-0-9850046-0-6 (left). The unending research, travel to archives, witness interviews and expenses encountered by the Ramsey’s have finally answered some of the questions we have all had about Aztec over the years.
When Scott began his research some 25 years ago he assumed he would be able to prove or disprove the Aztec Incident within a few months. That didn’t happen and the more he delved into the facts about Aztec the more questions were raised.
During his many trips to Aztec he met and finally married Suzanne, who became his co-author, and together they have compiled a book full of factual information, (with documentation to support their findings), that will have many taking another look at the 1948 Aztec Incident.
The town of Aztec had noticed the notoriety Roswell was getting with the annual Roswell Festival, and decided to start their own annual symposium in an attempt to raise money for a new library. I was invited to speak at the first symposium held in Aztec in 1998 (the 50th anniversary of the event.)
Since then I have attended at least 8 of the annual events as either a speaker or Master of Ceremonies, and it was at these symposiums that I met Scott and Suzanne Ramsey and became seriously interested in the Aztec Incident.
Like many others having read the first two books published I had many questions about whether Aztec was a real event or not. Working with the Ramsey’s and others, discussing witnesses, visiting the crash site in Hart Canyon and other research we’ve done together, I soon became convinced that the Ramsey’s were in fact revealing new information not previously known. Their “Aztec Incident” book lays to rest many of the questions that have been asked over the years.
The Aztec Symposium
The Aztec Symposium began growing with attendance increasing every year, primarily due to the well-known researchers that were invited to speak each year at the annual event. The list of speakers invited to Aztec was like a “who’s who” of Ufology and the Aztec symposium became one of the most popular in the country, reaching a point where consideration was given to moving it to Farmington, a larger town a few miles west of Aztec that could facilitate the ever-increasing crowds.
Not all city fathers in Aztec supported the annual event; however through the friends of the Library a new library was built which the town of Aztec can be proud of. Recently someone now responsible for inviting speakers, decided to change the type researchers invited leaning more toward the paranormal types.
That resulted in a reduction in the number of people attending, and last year an announcement was made that the annual Aztec symposium would no longer take place.
Scott and Suzanne Ramsey, Randy Barnes, myself and a few others devoted a lot of hours over the years to make the Aztec symposium an event visitors looked forward to, and researchers such as Stanton Friedman, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Ted Phillips, Timothy Good and many others were an important part of making Aztec a respectable conference where serious researchers were able to share their knowledge with a receptive audience.
Reading through the Ramsey’s book, one gets an appreciation for the hours of work involved in writing such an account. It contains many pages of government documents and correspondence, in addition to the travel involved to 26 states, universities, military archives and witnesses interviewed.
This was not a couple of months project as Scott had anticipated originally, but rather a devotion to finding factual information with verification to determine if the Aztec Incident was a true event in 1948.
I believe the Ramsey’s have accomplished that, revealing information for the first time pertaining to different aspects of the Incident, which leave little doubt in the minds of the reader that Aztec was a real event, covered up by the military and government much better than the Roswell Incident had been when it happened 8 months earlier.
It appears that the mysterious “Dr. Gee” was in fact at least 8 different scientists combined under that one name. Moving the craft was thoroughly researched using an expert that had years of experience in moving large loads, determining the proper route, and considering the equipment that would have been available in 1948.
The so-called con men referred to by many of the debunkers in the first two books is thoroughly discussed and explained as nothing more than retaliation by a J.P. Cahn to get even with people for not allowing him to print the Aztec story.
Radar sites basically unknown to the public were discovered within a reasonable distance of Hart Canyon and operational in 1948.
Many of the first hand witnesses testimony revealed in this book, refers to oil field workers, law enforcement officers, a preacher, and others who were at the site at Hart Canyon in 1948, and saw the bodies inside the craft, and then sworn to secrecy by the military.
“The Aztec Incident” book is a must read and leaves no doubt that a craft came down in Hart Canyon a few miles east of Aztec New Mexico in March 1948, basically undamaged, containing bodies, was taken apart and transported off of the mesa, and remains covered up to this day, 64 years later.
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Dennis G. Balthaser
UFOs, Aliens and Burgers
Published: 1:48 AM 6/1/2012
By Open Producer Sean O'Brien
UFOs and aliens are attracted to a remote outback roadhouse. Would you like a mysterious sighting with your burger and fries?
Last winter Caitlin and her husband hit the road, to drive from Canberra to Katherine in the Northern Territory. The outback experience was a thrill, and Caitlin aimed her camera out the window snapping the passing landscape, and many signs, along the way.
Up the dusty Oodnadatta Track, Caitlin stopped off at William Creek, to take a joy flight over nearby Lake Eyre, rapidly filling up with water and life.
And it seemed the further north Caitlin drove, the larger the road trains became.
Caitlin's favorite outback sign, however, is the one above, with the moping little green man.
Caitlin says: "Wycliffe Well is a bizarre town we passed through claiming to be the UFO Capital of Australia, we didn't stay overnight to see the nightly UFO sightings but there were plenty of plastic aliens lining the streets and in the caravan park to see".
Having driven through the outback a fair few times myself, I'm aware that there are many places that lay claim not only to the world's best meat pie, or best burger, but more otherworldly phenomenon as well. Like Min Min lights, Yowies, and yes, UFOs and aliens. all generally well signposted. We get hungry outback, and we love to be spooked.
Wycliffe Well, really nothing more than a road house plunked on the side of the track halfway up the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory, is considered to be one of the four prime hotspots in the world for UFO sightings. Strangely, the other hotspots are deserts as well.
What makes Wycliffe Well so special is that the sightings are continuous. They often take the form of hovering lights on the horizon that may be static, and then move very rapidly. There have literally been hundreds of these sightings at Wycliffe Well. Why might this be?
Wycliffe Well is recognised as a power spot, sitting at the crossroads of several ley lines, a site of geographical importance. It's certainly close to the Devil's Marbles, otherwise known by the local Indigenous traditional owners as Karlu Karlu.
According to the Dreamtime story, Arrange, the Devil Man, travelled through the area, and as he walked along he was making a hair string belt. Clusters of hair dropped on the ground became the red granite boulders, perched one on top of the other, at Karlu Karlu. Could the sightings at Wycliffe Well have something to do with Arrange?
I've certainly witnessed some strange and inexplicable phenomenon whilst camped close to Dreaming sites out in the desert.
Another local explanation for the sightings is the rumour of a secret military base, out to the west in the deep desert. The lights could be from experimental military aircraft, and in fact from UFOs observing the aircraft.
Perhaps we'll never know the true origin of the Wycliffe Well sightings. It may remain yet another outback mystery.
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Close Encounter with Triangle in New Mexico
Published: 11:54 PM 5/29/2012
Farmington, New Mexico - 05-07-12
About 1:00 AM, I was preparing to go to work. I live in Farmington, New Mexico, near the Four Corners. The sky was clear and very dark because the small crescent moon hadn't yet risen.
My house faces south and I walked out my front door to the driveway and stopped in front of my garage when a movement in the sky caught my eye.
Facing southward, I looked up and saw a very large dark triangular-shaped object gliding ominously towards me & over me.
The object passed directly over me, heading due north. As soon as it had passed overhead it was out of my view, since my garage and house blocked my view.
The object was gliding along very smoothly and rapidly. I felt a creepy feeling, like a chill up my spine.
It had a powerful presence, like a predator. I’m over 50 and this is my first UFO sighting. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was a UFO since there was no sound at all. It was eerie.
I immediately went back inside and told some of my family members what I had just seen. Then I went back out and looked all around the sky but couldn't see any sign of it.
It was probably several miles away, since it was moving at a steady, smooth pace, probably about a mile every 10 seconds.
The size of it was so large, that a basketball held at arm’s length would just barely have covered it.
It could have been a top-secret spy drone or something, but I don't think our government has something that could fly that silently, with no sign of a propulsion system.
It blended in with the stars and the night sky so well, that someone driving in a car probably wouldn't have noticed it.
KEN PFEIFER WORLD UFO PHOTOS.ORG
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Archived Case of the Week
UFO Sighting - Colusa County, California, 1976
Published: 3:40 PM 5/29/2012
This UFO sighting occurred in Colusa County, California, on October 9, 1976.
An unknown flying object appeared in the skies over the farm of Bill and Linda Pecha. When a
power outtage occurred, Mr. Pecha went outside to see if he could find the cause.
As he walked around the corner of his home, he spotted the unknown object.
Pecha estimated the object to be 150 ft. in diameter, 20ft. in height, and was a silver-gray in color. It hovered without making a sound.
Pecha further described the object as having appendages hanging below. Tentacle-like objects could be seen coming from the object, and lights were seen coming from the UFO.
As Pecha became frightened, he ran back into the house, informed his wife of what he saw, and they watched the UFO though a window.
Soon, the object flew away. They took their children to a neighbor's house, who also witnessed the mysterious flying craft.
The footage seen below was taken from a 1977 ABC News broadcast.
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