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UFO Religion: Inside Flying Saucer Cults and Culture

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  21 ratings  ·  5 reviews
What is it about UFOs that speaks to people with an apparently religious intensity? In this uncanny and frequently eerie assessment of the world of UFO-logy, Gregory L. Reece travels deep into this alien mindset on a quest for the truthbehind everything from Scientologists, crop circles, flying saucer crashes and alien abductions.With tales of a night in the Mojave Desert ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 15th 2007 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2007)
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I had long been interested in flying saucer culture and UFO religions (the UNARIUS group in particular) when I came across this particular volume in an Amazon search. As it happens, the author is a former professor of mine, and was one of my favorites in my time as a student at the University of Montevallo.

I had known of his book on Elvis religion, so I was pleased as punch to see that he'd tackled something in my wheelhouse, and over all I thought it was excellent. More of an overview than an i
A few pages each on various important sigtings (Arnold's "flying saucer"), crashes (Area 51, Roswell), contactees (Betty & Barney Hil, George Adamski), and religions (Heaven's Gate; Unarius; Scientology). A nice summary of familiar cases.

Each closes with a snarky little comment that is usually a reasonable critique of the story. For example, Reece quotes messages from aliens that are channeled through the contactees, which are usually of the sort 'love one another, and stop destroying the pl
Hannah Givens
Much of this book is encyclopedia-style entries about different sightings and people, but it's a very interesting topic. I liked Reece's commentary, and especially liked his outlook on the whole issue: a healthy skepticism, a horror for the abduction stories people tell (whether they've really happened or betray psychological trauma), and an admiration for the sheer optimism on which so many UFO religions are based.
This wasn't a particularly well written book. The title was pretty misleading - it's very little about UFO religions. I was hoping, based on the initial story about his time in the desert looking for UFOs, that there would be a lot of participatory ethnography. Not the case.

I was pretty excited by his bibliography. It gave me a lot of good reading ideas.
Glenn Johnson
Interesting (and highly skeptical) look at the "history" of UFOs, especially of people who claim to have been contacted by aliens. But not much depth too it, just a recitation of various alleged encounters.
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