Since NASA announced the discovery of a new life form, America has been buzzing about the possibility of extraterrestrial life. While this evidence is new, our obsession with extraterrestrial life certainly is not.
Two of the most widely respected researchers of unexplained aerial phenomena, renowned computer scientist and astronomer Jacques Vallee (who advised Steven Spielberg on the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and scholar/historian Chris Aubeck, examine this fascination in their new book: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times. Vallee and Aubeck examine more than 500 historical accounts of aerial sightings through a scientific lens. Taking into account the religious and political context of each sighting, as well as how the incident can (or can’t) be explained by science, Vallee and Aubeck reveal the common threads woven throughout these strange experiences—forming a body of data that even skeptics will find hard to ignore.
From engaging case studies to examples of aerial sightings found both in the Bible and in classical art, Wonders in the Sky not only illuminates the mysteries that have gone largely unheard and ignored until now; it explores how these sightings have played a significant role in the development of our popular culture, history, religion, and science.
Curious to learn more about the history of our fascination with alien life? Read Wonders in the Sky.
WONDERS IN THE SKY
Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times
by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck
Tarcher/Penguin paperback • $22.95 • 978-1-58542-820-5
On-sale: October 28, 2010