Flying Saucers are Real! Anthology of the lost saucer-craze


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/10/03/flying-saucers-are-real-antho.html

Jack Womack is an accomplished science fiction writer and part of the first wave of cyberpunks; he’s also one of the world’s foremost collectors of flying saucer ephemera: the zines, cheap paperbacks, and esoteric material associated with the saucer-craze, a virtually forgotten, decades-long global mania that features livestock mutilations, abductions, messages of intergalactic brotherhood, claims of both divine and satanic origins, and psychic phenomena.


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Yeah…UFOs…this is about flying saucers and little green men. Sure, that kind of stuff. Take a look and see if you like what you find…


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I was born in 1967 so I caught the end of this craze as well. I remember reading the Spaceship Moon book when I was a wee lad. I’m a little sad that the whole craze is gone now. It made the world a more mysterious place.


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Sadly, I find the world to still be quite mysterious, especially when reviewing general election polling results.


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Yeah, but that is “VERY BAD” mysterious things whereas the UFO’s and strange creatures showed there might be some wonder left in this world.


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Now I want to dig up episodes of Nimoy’s In Search Of on YouTube…

It’s a shame we got so snotty about UFOs. I hate it when people say, “it’s just ball lightning” or “it’s just a weather balloon.” Ball lightning looks cool! Weather balloons can look really weird in the right conditions!

More joy in the weirdness of our skies, please.


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My favourite part of the craze was “Chariot of the Gods”. I grew up with this and “Pyramid Power” in the house, so I still don’t understand why my razors go blunt so quickly.


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Also relevant: “BB Pal Erik Davis” (I think that’s the term of art) recently did an episode of his Expanding Mind podcast which was an interview with Womack about the book and collection.


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