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Sight unseen : science, UFO invisibility and transgenic beings
Hopkins, Budd, 1931-2011.
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New York : Atria Books, [2003]

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x, 406 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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The New York Times bestselling author of Witnessed and Intruders returns with astonishing evidence that otherworldly beings are a very real--and growing--part of our earthly lives.

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Rather than discrediting UFO abduction stories, recent scientific developments make them increasingly plausible, argues this intriguing volume. Hopkins (Intruders) and documentary filmmaker Rainey touch on everything from mind control to teleportation, but focus on two areas of progress that they say give clues as to how and why UFOs abduct their victims. The first is invisibility, now almost feasible on earth via NASA's "adaptive camouflage" technologies and presumably old hat for space-traveling extraterrestrials, which, they say, explains why abductions so often go unnoticed. The second is the burgeoning field of genetic and reproductive engineering, whose methods resemble the medical procedures that those who claim to have been abducted by extraterrestrials report they experienced. The resulting "transgenic" offspring can pass for human while serving the aliens, the authors argue, and nonhuman beings live among us, often distinguishable by their social unease and unfashionable clothes. The authors invoke everything from quantum mechanics to parallel universes to lend a scientific aura to their theories, but the operative paradigm behind UFO phenomena seems not so much physics as psychoanalysis, with alien abductions playing roughly the same all-purpose explanatory role as the Oedipal conflict. This becomes clear in the many riveting first-hand accounts of abductions, in which abductees evoke an inchoate, Kafkaesque sense of anxiety and misplaced reality that resolves itself, under hypnosis, into the harrowing specifics of psycho-sexual trauma at the hands of little gray men. Full of subtle, naturalistic detail and dense, complex, novelistic portraits of transgenic characters, these stories demonstrate that the folklore of UFO abductions-ostensibly about aliens but perhaps really about alienation-has developed into one of the richest psychological literatures of our time. Photos. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
I Budd Hopkins
II Carol Rainey
Part I Unseen
1 The Alien Abductors: Hiding--And Sometimes Showing Offp. 21
2 Missing Children, a Three-Story Fall, and an Air Force Fire Truckp. 27
3 Uncovering Clues to the Science of Invisibilityp. 51
4 The Camera Never Lies?p. 77
5 The Perpetual Photographerp. 100
6 The Strange Case of the Reluctant Faucetsp. 118
7 How to Explain Katharina?p. 130
8 The Rippling Windowp. 142
9 Maggie's Holographic Body?p. 152
10 A Note on UFO Researchp. 158
Part II Seen
11 Aliens Here and Nowp. 163
12 New Life-Formsp. 174
13 Eyewitness Testimony and a Command Performancep. 178
14 The Breakdown of the Barriers Between Speciesp. 190
15 The Man Who Knew Too Muchp. 221
16 The Case of the Missing Ladies' Roomp. 244
17 A Very Special Perfumep. 253
18 Vulnerable in a Thousand Waysp. 258
19 First You See Them, Then You Don'tp. 283
20 The Phantom Support Group, Stewart, and Other Mysteriesp. 291
21 The Outback Steak House Incidentp. 305
22 Behind the Sceneryp. 326
23 Anne-Marie and the Elusive Mr. Paigep. 349
24 The Luckiest Little Abducteep. 375
25 Damoe and the Unmarked Helicoptersp. 401
26 Human Resources: Ours or Theirs?p. 421
27 A Few Final Wordsp. 445
Notesp. 455
Indexp. 469