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Too many cases of "accidental" alien contact...UFO cults praying to the skies...secret "psychotronic" weapons for bending the human mind. The evidence Jacques F. Vallée reveals, after many years of scientific investigation, adds up to something more menacing than monsters from outer space. Messengers of Deception documents the growing effect of UFO contact claims on our li ...more
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Published June 1st 1979 by And/Or Press (Berkeley, CA) (first published 1979)
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Dec 31, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
During my recent stint at the Lousiana duck camp and on the plane to Long Beach I had the pleasure of reading the 2008 re-release of Dr. Jacques Vallee's challenging and essential book on the UFO phenomena.

This book blew my mind. It was the first truly scientific approach to the issue, free of pseudoscience and physics vocabulary masquerading as intellect. Originally published in 1979, Messengers of Deception describes the social impacts of the UFO movement and reveals a serious issue with the
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jacques Vallee takes as a given that UFOs exist. What he doesn't assume is that UFOs are space aliens.
"Messengers of Deception" is a thoughtful, well reasoned examination of UFO cults and the contatee subculture. While he doesn't claim to know what UFOs are, Vallee makes a strong case that they have a terrestrial origin and are instruments of social control.
He casts a dyspeptic eye on flaky '70's religious sects, like the Raelians , and hey, wait a minute, is that Marshall Applewhite?! His main
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent cover of the subject by the author. He takes a scientific approach, without having the bias of many scientists. He applies the scientific method to a so-called "non-scientific" subject.
The author does not claim to know the answers, but he offers his hypotheses and at the same time dismisses many delusional and emotional interpretations.
Honest and thought provoking.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Since this was written in 1979, some of what Vallee discusses seems dated. The the cattle mutilation scare and the Satanic cult hysteria would peak in the years after this book, and fizzle out. The notoriety of UFO cults has also waned in the intervening years. Vallee makes prescient observations about the overall direction of society, however. He was already noting the growing distrust and suspicion against scientific rationality and reason, and the nascent stages of a conspiracy theory culture ...more
UFOs creep me out. It's like going to bad neighborhood, or playing the Ouija board with Captain Howdy. Generally, I don't really like going "there." That said, if I do want to read something on them, Vallee (a computer scientist) is my guide of choice. When it comes to UFOs, he's idea guy, the one that asks the worthwhile questions. This particular effort is bit dated, though it is updated with a 2008 preface. As long as he sticks with the UFOs, it works, but when Vallee gets into various cults ...more
Michael Grasso
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I want to be Jacques Vallée when I grow up. A fascinating time capsule of the UFOlogy scene in the late 70s with a concentration in who is behind the UFO phenomenon. Smack dab in the center of my Venn diagram set of interests: UFOs/ultraterrestrials, occult/religious movements, and government conspiracies/espionage. Ashamed I did not read more Vallée before now.
Bryan Elkins
Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucid and skeptical, just how I like subjects like this to be treated. The investigator Vallee apparently finished this book without deciding to choose an explanation for the patterns of phenomena he tracks. This is, in my opinion, honorable of him, as he writes candidly about a number of models that could explain the events but never hesitates to point out the holes in these explanations.
At least, I think thats what this book is like. I dont really remember too well. All I remember is I was rea
Erik Graff
May 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Vallée fans, ufologists
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Shelves: sciences
This book might better be categorized under the social sciences as it is a study of beliefs about UFOs and non-human intelligences. Vallée
has long held the position that the idea that UFOs are extraterrestrial is absurd, but that experiences of non-human intelligences and of what are interpreted to be UFOs nowadays do occur with substantial frequency. "What are they doing--what do they mean?" he asks. He asks more questions than he answers. This book has a strain of paranoia to it greater than
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Impressive read with unconventional theories as to the origin, intention, and overall impact of the UFO phenomenon. Just think what it would mean if UFO's turned out to be intra or interplanetary. The implications are just as interesting especially if it is found that the source of such remarkable technology and capability was on earth or at least within our own dimension all along. Imagine the possibilities for mankind! ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pragmatic and transcendent. The conclusions and questions drawn four decades ago are still riveting.
Chris Harris
Dr Vallée's work "Passport to Magonia" is a must-read book for anyone interested in Fortean subjects. So is this. Vallée took Leon Festinger's approach (documented in "When Prophecy Fails") and met with - and, in some cases, joined - a number of contactee cults in the 1970s.

His discoveries were alarming. Vallée warned about Marshall Applewhite and his messianistic H.I.M. cult long before Applewhite changed its name to Heaven's Gate and persuaded 38 of his followers to commit suicide. But Applew
Jonathan Raab
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vallee explores the existential and political threat posed by the irrational UFO contactee groups, documenting various strains of nonsensical philosophy-theology that began to emerge in Europe and North America in the 1970s. He likens the possible effects of contactee spiritual messages to that of the social change brought about by Christianity's spread throughout the Greco-Roman world 2,000 years ago: social orders can crumble rapidly in the face of new spiritual movements.

The text accepts the
M Elaine
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Vallée's insights elucidate and guide any serious inquiry into the UFO topic. ...more
Jack King
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I somehow missed this book when it first came out in 1979. I was fifteen that year, and already a big fan of both scientist/ufologist Jacques Vallee AND of the UFO Contactee movement. I especially loved the writings of the Classic Contactees of the 1950s – Adamski, Bethurum, Menger, Van Tassel, etc., whose books could still be found cheap in flea markets in the ‘70s. You might expect Messengers of Deception, in which one of my favorite ufologists eviscerates a movement close to my heart, to caus ...more
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
The book focused on religions and cults based off ufo sightings and charismatic leaders who claimed to have made contact with ET’s. The book does a great job of cataloging what the experiences claimed to have observed and points out similarities in ufo experiences.

The author hypothesizes that although we don’t know the source of the ufo phenomenon, there are forces - human or non-human - using ufo sighting to manipulate humanity through religions and cults. The hypothesis is interesting althoug
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Vallée offers a new and very plausible explanation for the phenomena we are seeing. In fact, I was very surprised by it even after spending 40 years of my life trying to figure out what these things are.

Highly recommended for his brief conversations with Major Murphy.

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Mack Turk
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vallee is one of the most intelligent men to have researched the abduction phenomena, and his presentation of the subject is impeccable in his introspection. I believe this book focused on alien worship-cults and the behaviour of people involved in alien experiences, more than the aliens or abductions themselves. Great book, also look for "Passport to Magonia" ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Refreshing to read a book on this subject where instead of pointing the finger where you should believe, the author uses your own finger to prod your own brain. I would recommend to anyone with slight interest. If you were intrigued by Ernest Cline's "Armada," read this next. ...more
Apr 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jacques Vallee has studied UFOs for decades. Unlike the skeptics or true believers, Vallee tries to apply the scientific method to the study of the subject. An original thinker, Vallee believes the UFO phenomenon is real. However, he is skeptical of the ET hypothesis. He tends toward the interdimensional hypothesis. He admits this explanation also has problems, but believes it is the most rational explanation. In this book, Vallee discusses UFO cults and shadowy intelligence agencies that may be ...more
Ostilio Portillo
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me a good insight vis-á-vis the lies communicated by those who present themselves as visitors of other galactic systems. It's interesting that their messages are always associated with religious stuff (new age) rather than technological in nature. Always depicting Lord Jesus just as another human being who managed to discern hidden truth and refer to him as an ascended master rather than the Son of God.
I think these entities also referred to as aliens are nothing else but demons,
Denny Hunt
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even though this book was written over 40 years ago, almost everything in it is applicable to what is going on in the UFO/ET Researcher and Disclosure communities right now. It is amazing in its insights and revelations without forcing an opinion.
Shaun McNamara
Apr 21, 2020 marked it as to-read
Awaiting perusal in my in tray...
David Riedel
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ufology
Vallée's hands-on investigation into contactees and UFO cults provided incredible insight well ahead of its time. The string of characters, government agents, and seemingly credible individuals with extraordinary stories make for a fascinating look into a period when contactee culture was first exploding. Vallée expounds on his own hypotheses shaping the phenomenon, which is equally complex and unnerving. Messengers of Deception represents some of the best work in ufology, and a genuine attempt ...more
Roberto Audiffred
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on the UFO phenomena. As usual, Vallee was decades ahead of (almost) everyone else. He deals with the social impact of UFO cults and the likely manipulation of them by "someone" (he can't decide if it is the military or some secret societies that are manipulating the UFO groups, not only the UFO cults but the investigative groups, too). ...more
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Excerpted from wikipedia: Jacques Fabrice Vallée (born September 24, 1939 in Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France) is a venture capitalist, computer scientist, author, ufologist and former astronomer currently residing in San Francisco, California.
In mainstream science, Vallée is notable for co-developing the first computerized mapping of Mars for NASA and for his work at SRI International in creating ARP

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