Angels and Aliens: UFOs and the Mythic Imagination

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Addison-Wesley, 1991 - Reference - 283 pages
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It was Carl Jung who first spoke of the UFO phenomenon as "a modern myth in the making," and Joseph Campbell who insisted that the first function of myths is "opening mind and heart to the utter wonder of all being." Now Keith Thompson makes it possible for us to share that sense of wonder as he explores the UFO against the timeless backdrop of visionary experience: angelic vision, near-death experiences, shamanic journeys, religious miracles, and folkloric encounters with fairies. In a brilliant stroke, Keith Thompson takes a subject usually confined to sensationalistic expose and reveals its surprising literary richness, intellectual energy, and symbolic depths. By offering a new, open-ended perspective which avoids the dogmatism of true believers and debunkers alike, Angels and Aliens invites readers to enter a fascinating world with profound implications for our understanding of the human spirit.

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This is a very intelligent and (IMHO) well-balanced book covering the subject of UFOs. Thompson objectively reports famous and well-documented UFO encounters and at the same time discusses the power ... Read full review

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Regardless of the fact that Keith Thompson's book, Angels and Aliens: UFOs and the Mythic Imagination, is now almost 25 years old, it is still a landmark book and I would go so far as to say one of the major landmark books on the phenomena. Thompson, a journalist and "UFO outsider", does not just take a historical look at his subject, but views it through history, mythology, psychology, philosophy and ontology. Partly because he is not beholden to either of the various UFO camps, he weaves throughout the major players and key events crafting insights about facts, perceptions, opinions and worldviews that illuminate the questions and paradoxes involved in this issue. The book is a fascinating read and though out-of-print, is widely available second hand. It is most definitely deserving of your time and needs to be re-published as an eBook as well.  


The spectacular sightings of the summer of 1952
The phenomenons peculiar doubleness of intention
Donald Keyhoes televised debacle Edward Ruppelts

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About the author (1991)

Keith Thompson was born in England but grew up in Canada. He works as an artist specializing in fantasy art and illustration. He has illustrated 2 books with young adult author Scott Westerfeld, Behemoth and Leviathan.

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