High Strangeness: Man, Do I Have a Lot of UFO Books

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Man, Do I Have a Lot of UFO Books

I have a lot of UFO books.

I guess that'll happen when you've spent four years researching and writing a book about UFOs. And while I'm staggered by the number of books I've purchased and read over the past four years while researching UFOs for the book, I am also kind of entertained by the crazy collection of titles on my bookshelf and on my kindle. Basically, I've been keeping Amazon afloat for the past few years, and now I think I could open up a UFO and paranormal lending library, or make a killing at Half Price Books.

Below is a list of many, but not all of the books I've amassed in the course of writing my Hynek bio. Some of the books are fantastic. Some are crap. Some I would happily read again; others I would gladly toss in the trash. But even the bad ones have served a purpose, because in many cases they've helped me see a fascinating side of Hynek's story that I might have missed otherwise, or helped me to better understand the people in Hynek's life.

Here's a sampling of what's on the bookshelf in my office, listed in no particular order:
  • Billion Year Spree by Brian Aldiss
  • Flying Saucers by Donald Menzel
  • Picturing Extraterrestrials: Alien Images in Modern Mass Culture by John F. Moffit
  • The Invasion from Mars by Hadley Cantrill
  • Aliens in America: Conspiracy Cultures from Outerspace to Cyberspace by Jodi Dean
  • Project Mindshift by Michael Mannion
  • Time-Life Books Mysteries of the Unknown: The UFO Phenomenon
  • Alien Creatures by Richard Siegl and J-C Suarez
  • The UFO Handbook by Allen Hendry
  • Unconventional Flying Objects: A Former NASA Scientist Explains How UFOS Really Work by Paul R. Hill
  • The Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters edited by Ronald D. Story
  • The UFO Controversy in America by David Michael Jacobs
  • UFOs and Government by Michael Swords and Robert Powell
  • The UFO Encyclopedia, Volumes I & II by Jerome Clark
  • The Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction edited by Phil Hardy
  • UFOs Past, Present & Future by Robert Emenegger
  • Beyond Earth: Man's Contact With UFOs by Ralph & Judy Blum
  • The Mothman Prophecies by John Keel
  • Flying Saucers--Here and Now! by Frank Edwards
  • Situation Red: The UFO Siege by Leonard H. Stringfield
  • Anatomy of a Phenomenon: UFO's in Space by Dr. Jacques Vallee
  • UFOs? YES! by David R. Saunders and R. Roger Harkins
  • Incident at Exeter by John G. Fuller
  • The Cosmic Connection by Carl Sagan
  • World Famous UFOs by Colin Wilson
  • Them or Us: Archetypal Interpretations of Fifties Alien Invasion Films by Patrick Lucanio
  • Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies by Carl G. Jung
  • The Invisible College by Jacques Vallee
  • Alien Dawn: An Investigation into the Contact Experience by Colin Wilson
  • Science Fiction of the 50's edited by Martin Harry Greenberg and Joseph Olander
  • Astrophysics: A Topical Symposium edited by Dr. J. Allen Hynek
  • Socorro 'Saucer' in a Pentagon Pantry by Ray Stanford
  • Starseekers by Colin Wilson
  • UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities by John B. Alexander, Ph.D.
  • UFO Contact at Pascagoula by Charles Hickson and William Mendez
  • UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record by Leslie Kean
  • Hollywood Vs. the Aliens: The Motion Picture Industry's Participation in UFO Disinformation by Bruce Rux
  • The UFO Files: The Inside Story of Real-Life Sightings by David Clarke
  • The Conquest of Space by Chesley Bonestell and Willy Ley
  • In Advance of the Landing: Folk Concepts of Outer Space by Douglas Curran
  • UFOS and Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia of Contemporary Myth by James R. Lewis
And, of course:
  • The UFO Experience and The Hynek UFO Report by J. Allen Hynek
  • The Edge of Reality by Hynek & Vallee
And, a sample of what's on my kindle:
  • The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects by Edward J. Ruppelt
  • Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World's First Documented Alien Abduction by Stanton Friedman, MSc. and Kathleen Marden
  • The Interrupted Journey by John G. Fuller
  • Operation Trojan Horse: The Classic Breakthrough Study of UFOs by John Keel
  • Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers by Jacques Vallee
  • E.T. Culture: Anthropology in Outerspaces by Debborah Battaglia, Christopher F. Roth, David Samuels and Susan Lepsetter
  • Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan
  • Earth; An Alien Enterprise: The Shocking Truth Behind the Greatest Cover-Up in Human History by Timothy Good
  • True Alien Invasion of the Sutton Farm--A Documented Case by Chet Dembeck
  • Danse Macabre by Stephen King
  • Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture by Christopher D. Bader, F. Carson Mencken and Joseph O. Baker
  • Dragon in the Sky: Prophecy from the Stars by Ann Eller
  • Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings by J. Allen Hynek, Philip L. Imbrogno and Bob Pratt
What do you think? Keeping in mind that I haven't included every title here, and I haven't counted up any journals, papers or magazines, have I missed anything? 


Bill Chalker said...

Jean-Claude Bourret's "The Crack in the Universe - What you have not been told about Flying Saucers" (1977 or 1978 or the original French edition which appeared in 1974, which contains a France-Inter interview by Michel Anfrol with Allen Hynek "Astronauts too have seen UFOs" .

Bill Chalker said...

I would assume you looked as Jacques Vallee's Forbidden Science volumes 1& 2, as I know you looked at Vol. 3. Likewise "UFo's - A scientific Debate" edited by Sagan & Page, Anne Druffel's "Firestorm". While light on re Hynek books on Sputnix such as "Sputnix - the Shock of the Century" Dickson & "A Ball, a Dog, and a monkey" D'Antonio as scene setters, however, I see you looked at King's Danse Macabre, which has my favourite 1957 scene setter.

Bill Chalker said...

I think I told you of Virgilio Sanchez-Ocejo's "UFOs The physical and psychic phenomenon" and its Allen Hynek's connections?

Mark UFO'Connell said...

You always have great suggestions, Bill!
And, yes, I do have many of the titles you listed ;)

Unknown said...

mark congrats on finishing your book i'll be looking for it . also remember that i was the guy from n.c. that witnessed at ft. mcCoy wi. anyway im still stuck on the incident and was wondering if you had any kind of book that shows pictures of different UFO's ; im stuck trying to find something similiar to what i saw ; since you have so many books you probably exackly what book im looking for anyway thats whats up with me hope you are well ..... jsw

Erickson said...

While I am waiting for your book to add to my library, I also am keeping my eye out for a copy of Those Sexy Saucer People, which must be on some dusty shelf of a bookstore, somewhere.

Mark UFO'Connell said...

Oh, I have that one under lock and key...