Here at Tarcher, we show a great deal of love to books of the extraterrestrial nature. Grab a blanket and enjoy one of these UFO titles under the summer’s sky. Who know what might pass overhead!
THE FALLEN SKY takes readers on a hunt through time and space as Cokinos profiles the maverick scientists, mad dreamers and starry-eyed profiteers who chased meteorites and turned their study into a legitimate science. At the same time, he weaves tales of his own journey throughout, as he follows in the footsteps of these historic meteorite explorers—from Greenland to Kansas, Australia to the South Pole.
In 1987, Whitley Strieber changed the way we look at the universe with the publication of Communion, a bestselling account of his terrifying close encounters with extraterrestrials. Not only did his reports fascinate readers worldwide, they popularized the picture that we now think of when we envision extraterrestrials – the bauble-headed stick figures with enormous oval eyes that Strieber refers to as The Grays. Now available in paperback August 29, 2013, SOLVING THE COMMUNION ENIGMA revisits Strieber’s encounters with The Grays, and examines the myriad ways they fit into a larger story of unexplained phenomena around the world: crop circles, mutilated livestock, mysterious aerial objects, abductions, and more.
Who is Ray Palmer? Chances are you either don’t know or—if you’re a comic book fan—you think of DC Comics character, The Atom. Although he was the namesake for one, Ray Palmer—the man—was no superhero. Standing at just four feet tall (the result of a crippling childhood injury), he hardly cut an imposing figure. But what he lacked in height, he would make up for in his legacy. THE MAN FROM MARS by Fred Nadis is the first-ever biography of the man who shaped science fiction and changed our perception of the universe as we know it. As the editor of the groundbreaking pulp magazine Amazing Stories, as well as Fate, Mystic and Flying Saucers, Palmer made invaluable contributions to popular culture, like jump starting the flying saucer craze; popularizing “hollow earth” theory; and publishing stories by some of sci-fi’s biggest players, including Ray Bradbury and the first professional story by a young Isaac Asimov.
The prospect of aliens can be frightening. To admit that an extraterrestrial entity exists somewhere in the stretches of outer space can be a hard truth to swallow. The only thing spookier than thinking about aliens would be an actual encounter with one! In WONDERS IN THE SKY, Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck follow the stories of real-life encounters with alien life and weave together connections that can send shivers down the spines of die-hard alien fans.
Here at Tarcher we are proud to publish authors writing from all corners of the globe. This post is dedicated to the celebration of these international writers, and the incredible books they have brought us.
David C.M. Carter (@davidcmcarter) – United Kingdom
Currently residing in London, David C.M. Carter is the author of BREAKTHROUGH, where you can learn the secrets of the world’s leading mentor and become the best you can be. After mentoring numerous CEOs, entrepreneurs, celebrities and philanthropists, Carter has distilled his knowledge and advice into this new title, which provides practical advice on how to become a more successful and happier you. With simple, easy-to-action tips in every chapter, BREAKTHROUGH helps you envision goals, achieve them, and ultimately realize your best self.
Derek Lin – Taiwan
Derek Lin was born in Taiwan, and uses his background of fluency in both Chinese and English to bring Eastern teachings to a Western audience. In THE TAO OF JOY EVERYDAY: 365 Days of Tao Living, Derek Lin provides a simple, manageable way to practice the teachings of the Tao on a daily basis. With a Taoist lesson on each page, The Tao of Joy Every Day makes it easy to open yourself to spiritual enlightenment.
Bikram Choudhury (@BikramC_LAHQ) – India
Bikram Choudhury is an Indian yoga guru, best known as the the founder of Bikram Yoga, a form of hot yoga performed in a series of 26 hatha yoga postures performed in an environment upwards of 105 degrees Fahrenheit. He is the author of BIKRAM’S BEGINNING YOGA CLASS, which contains suggestions for maintaining proper yoga practice, a section on the medical benefits of yoga, notes from Bikram’s students, and a good dose of Bikram humor and philosophy.
Barry Eaton – Australia
Most widely known as an Australian TV and radio personality, Barry Eaton discovered that the universe had different plans for him. While studying astrology, Eaton was led to develop his psychic and clairvoyant skills. In his new book, AFTERLIFE: Uncovering the Secrets of Life After Death Eaton discusses his own contact with the spirit world, his many interviews with people who have had Near Death Experiences (NDEs) as well as what he has learned through his experience as a medium.
Joseph Emet, heralding from Canada, is the author of BUDDHA’S BOOK OF SLEEP: Sleep Better in Seven Weeks with Mindful Meditation, recent recipient of the COVR Best Book of the Year award. This new title is the first book to treat sleep disorders from the perspective of mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness meditation has already proven effective for other psychological issues like stress, depression and anxiety–the very issues that cause sleep difficulties.
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Gary Lachman – United Kingdom
Gary Lachman of the United Kingdom is one of the most respected authors on occult themes and a founding member of the legendary rock group Blondie!). In Jung the Mystic: The Esoteric Dimensions of Carl Jung’s Life and Teachings, Lachman assesses renowned Swiss psychologist Carl Jung’s life and work from the viewpoint of the Western esoteric tradition, classifying him with figures like Emmanuel Swedenborg and G.I. Gurdjieff, and examining his life-long fascination with the supernatural, otherworldly aspects of human experience.
Penelope Quest from the United Kingdom and is a highly respected Reiki author and trainer. She has published a multitude of books on the subject, most recently LIVING THE REIKI WAY: Step-by-Step Guide to Healing with Reiki teaches readers how to live with Reiki Principles in today’s chaotic society, and how these principles can help them on their personal journey to long-term happiness and contentment.
Dr. Norman Rosenthal (@DoctorNorman) – South Africa
Dr. Norman Rosenthal was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and went on to become one of America’s top psychiatrists and pioneered the study and treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder. His New York Times best seller TRANSCENDENCE offers a definitive case for why Transcendental Meditation (TM) works, complete with a review of the recent scientific research showing its wide-ranging health benefits. His latest book, THE GIFT OF ADVERSITY: The Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections explores how life’s disappointments and difficulties provide us with the lessons we need to become better, bigger, and more resilient human beings.
@RMSmithAuthorRebecca Smith () – United Kingdom
Raised in rural Surrey, Rebecca Smith is the author of MISS JANE AUSTEN’S GUIDE TO MODERN LIFE’S DILEMMAS: Answers to Your Most Burning Questions About Life, Love, Happiness (and What to Wear) from the Great Novelist Herself, and also the great-great-great-great grand niece of Jane Austen herself. This collection of advice is derived with meticulous detail from Austen’s letters, novels, and unpublished writings, and covers a wide range of pressing concerns.
Serdar Özkan (@TheMissingRose) – Turkey
Turkist novelist Serdar Özkan brings the international bestseller THE MISSING ROSE, which has been translated into 44 languages in more than 65 countries. This book tells a profound modern-day parable about love, self-discovery, and the importance of following one’s dreams.
Born in France, Jacques Vallee is venture capitalist, computer scientist, author, ufologist and former astronomer. His book, WONDERS IN THE SKY: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Time, Vallee and co-author Chris Aubeck follow the stories of real-life encounters with alien life and weave together connections that can send shivers down the spines of die-hard alien fans.
Gross America: Your Coast-to-Coast Guide to All Things Gross by Richard Faulk
Oh the family road trip: that shining opportunity for the nuclear unit to scout out the rest of what America has to offer beyond their neighborhood’s borders. If there’s a road map that can spice up this family ordeal a few notches above the obligatory visit to the mountains, the beaches and the historical monuments that constitute road trip tradition, Gross America is the ticket. This fun and informative read is ideal for a source of America’s quirkiest facts, features and potential travel destinations!
The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Online Evil Genius by David Thorne
Internet entities usually have a penchant for establishing some of the most unique and appealing personalities in popular culture. But few among these Internet celebrities assume a more sinister personality. Internet sensation David Thorne spills the dirt on the makings of an Online Evil Genius in The Internet is a Playground. With behind-the-scenes access to this quirky character’s life, this book is an enjoyable read for that sassy friend we all have in our lives who enjoy a little bit of mischief and mayhem.
Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck
The prospect of aliens can be frightening. To admit that an extraterrestrial entity exists somewhere in the stretches of outer space can be a hard truth to swallow. The only thing spookier than thinking about aliens would be an actual encounter with one! In Wonders in the Sky, Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck follow the stories of real-life encounters with alien life and weave together connections that can send shivers down the spines of die-hard alien fans.
*Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me about Life, Love, and Coming Clean by Jackson Galaxy
At first glance, Jackson Galaxy wouldn’t strike anyone as your average cat-whispering hero. He’s rough and he’s tough, but gentle? Not a chance. It’s a good thing we all know that appearances can be quite deceptive! In Cat Daddy: What the World’s Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me about Life, Love and Coming Clean, the tattooed rock star tells us how caring for an injured cat pulled him out of the lowest moments of his life. As entertaining as it is heartwarming, Galaxy’s journey through rehabilitation can teach us much about second chances.
Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America by Linda S. Godfrey
For those of us who take our investigations of the supernatural world seriously, books that satiate our hunt for real information are few and hard to come by. Luckily, dedicated fans of werewolves can find just the kind of flavor their looking for in Linda S. Godfrey’s book Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America. Packed with riveting accounts with these midnight creatures, this book is a great read for anyone who can’t help but let their imaginations run wild.
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That refreshing fall breeze is back in full swing and with it follows the promise of pumpkin spice lattes, thicker cardigans and of course, Halloween! To inaugurate the return of this festive season, we’ve compiled a selection of Tarcher favorites memorable for their spooky qualities to ease you into the Halloween mood.
Happy World Sword Swallower’s Day!
In honor of the quirky holiday, we’re highlighting some of our “weirdest” titles. These books give voice to everyday oddities, mysticism and plain old superstition.
For those interested in the supernatural, there is no better place to start than, CHARLES FORT: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural. Fort gave voice to a generation of doubters who would neither accept the “straight story” of scholastic science nor credulously embrace fantastical visions. Instead, Charles Fort demanded of his readers and admirers the most radical of human acts: Thinking. As said by author Jim Steinmeyer, “He worked as a pure agnostic; rather than building up his phenomena to the status of miracles, he tore down the hallowed traditions of religion and science”.
In WONDERS IN THE SKY, respected researchers Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck examine more than 500 selected reports of sightings from biblical-age antiquity through the year 1879- the point at which the Industrial Revolution deeply changed the nature of human society, and the skies began to open to airplanes, dirigibles, rockets, and other opportunities for misinterpretation represented. Here are three recorded sightings from around the world:
Hungary. 909 AC: Bright spheres in the sky
A large fiery globe appeared at the zenith and flew towards the northwest. It stopped 100 feet away as many tiny stars moved above it. It left a greenish vapor.
Halberstadt, Saxony, Germany. April 24, 1547: Black sphere
A black ball-shaped object was seen, apparently “emerging from the middle of the moon” and flying fast towards the North.
January 15, 1850. Cherbourg France: Light, swinging motion
About 7:45 P.M., by snowy weather, a bright light appeared above the trees. It was observed by Mr. Fleury, swinging about its base, which was in line with the horizon. It scintillated, seemed ready to disappear, then was reignited and finally disappeared. Small flashes continued to be seen, moving south.
In REAL WOLFMEN, sightings of another mythical kind are recounted–those of traditional werewolves! Author Linda S. Godfrey describes a compelling account given in 2006 by three college students in Reed City, Michigan:
“The three were sitting in John’s car around 2:30 a.m., watching the building’s motion-detector light go on and off seemingly by itself and listening to the crickets when John said the crickets all stopped. He thought he could see the dark silhouette of something moving in the woods, so he aimed his flashlight only to see a creature six-to-seven feet tall standing on its hind legs with a ‘humanoid’ body covered in inch-long dark brown fur. They could see one arm he described as longer than a human arm as the creature stood half hidden behind a tree.”
In the world of magic, everyone knows Houdini-but who was Thurston? In THE LAST GREATEST MAGICIAN IN THE WORLD, celebrated historian of stage magic Jim Steinmeyer captures the career and controversies of the wonder-worker extraordinaire, Howard Thurston. From 1869 to 1936, Thurston successfully navigated the most dramatic changes in entertainment-from street performances to sideshows to wagon tours through America’s still-wild West to stage magic amid the glitter of grand theaters. His touring production was an American institution for nearly thirty years, and Thurston earned a brand name equal to Ziegfeld or Ringling Brothers. Steinmeyer explores the stage and psychological rivalry between Thurston and Houdini during the first decades of the twentieth century- a contest that Thurston won. He won with a bigger show, a more successful reputation, and the title of America’s greatest magician. In THE LAST GREASTIST MAGICIAN IN THE WORLD, Thurston’s magic show is revealed as the one that animates our collective memories.
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CHARLES FORT: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural
By Jim Steinmeyer
WONDERS IN THE SKY: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times By Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck
REAL WOLFMEN: True Encounters in Modern America
By Linda S. Godfrey
THE LAST GREATEST MAGICIAN IN THE WORLD: Howard Thurston Versus Houdini & the Battles of the American Wizards
By Jim Steinmeyer
Circular ships, vertical aerial cylinders, spheres, disks, wheels in the sky, hat-shaped things, flying pillars or columns and triangular-shaped objects.
At first glance, you might think those are common, almost daily, descriptions of UFOs reported by eyewitnesses. Well, yes … sort of. Those are the actual words, found in ancient texts, that characterize unidentified flying objects, spanning biblical accounts through the 1800s.
And that’s exactly what two leading researchers have done: trace the huge numbers of UFOs reported that couldn’t possibly be attributed to or misinterpreted as artificially constructed objects seen in the sky.
In their book “Wonders in the Sky,” (Tarcher/Penguin) renowned computer scientist and astronomer Jacques Vallee and scholar/historian Chris Aubeck tackle the question of how to interpret all of the unexplained aerial sightings that occurred before the age of industrialization.
Vallee, who was a featured panelist discussing UFOs at last month’s highly touted Global Competitiveness Forum in Saudi Arabia, served as the model for the French scientist portrayed by Francois Truffaut in Steven Spielberg’s classic 1977 UFO film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
“My passion was always about when did this phenomenon start? That’s a question that any scientist should be asking when you’re confronted with a new phenomenon. When did it really begin? So we wanted to go as far back as we could, and to stop before there was anything human in the sky,” Vallee told AOL News.
To that end, Vallee and Aubeck examined more than 500 unexplained aerial sightings, including one case from 1513 in Rome, Italy. The eyewitness: celebrated sculptor, painter and architect Michelangelo. What he saw: a flying triangle.
“He was so impressed, he made a painting of it, but the painting didn’t survive. We only know about it from art historians,” Vallee said. “For cases like this to have survived, they had to come from people who were not weirdos and cranks, because these cases come from the archives of historians, castles, dukes and kings and the church, and they had been investigated. The cases that have survived the test of time have been the ones that have credibility.”
Another case, from 1663, near Bieloziero, Russia, involved a crowd of people who saw a fiery object emitting “burning beams.” Vallee says a formal report was written by the St. Cyrille monastery. “There was a great sound and the people came out of the church to find out what it was, and they witnessed a large ball of fire that arrived from the cloudless heavens.”
According to the official monastery report, the object “moved along the lake, passing over the water surface. The ball of fire measured some 140 feet from one edge to the other, and over the same distance, ahead of it, two ardent rays extended … and the big fire and two smaller ones disappeared. Less than an hour later, the people again came out to the square and the same fire suddenly reappeared over the same lake.”
For as long as people have been leaving behind written records of their experiences, there have been depictions of strange objects seen in the sky, some even drawn by humans on cave walls. But Vallee didn’t want to go back that far, historically.
“We wanted to stay away from legends and vague interpretations or even religious things because we are not the ones to comment on that. I wanted cases that had a date and a place and the name of a witness, and the time of day, if we could.
“It turns out, in a surprising number of cases, we have all of that. We do have a lot of precision on who, what, where — the questions a good cop would ask.”
Vallee has spent nearly 50 years looking for answers about UFOs. He asserts that the notion that man is in contact with celestial spirits or beings, and that man can travel to the stars and through the stars to higher levels, is an idea that goes as far back as you can trace civilization.
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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
by David Pescovitz at 11:53 AM Friday, Nov 12, 2010
Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck: Wonders In The Sky
Wondersky In 1969, Boing Boing contributor Jacques Vallee published Passport To Magnolia, a timeless cultural history of UFO sightings, the first study of how modern UFO sightings are just the latest interpretation of weird “visitation” experiences people have had throughout history in different forms: angels, demons, fairies, devils, Our Lady of Fatima, and on and on. (No, Jacques doesn’t think any of the above are extraterrestrials who traveled here in spaceships.) This folkloristic study of UFOs has become a Fortean classic. Now, Jacques and co-author Chris Aubeck have written a terrific companion volume to Passport To Magnolia. Wonders In The Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times catalogs 500 reports of mysterious aerial phenomena dating back all the way to ancient Egypt. Guess what? People have seen strange lights in the sky since way before Roswell, Communion, and the X-Files. They just described them using the language and metaphors of their time, instead of calling them flying saucers or gray aliens. Wonders In The Sky is an engaging, well-researched compendium of those weird reports. (No, Jacques still doesn’t think there’s any evidence that UFOs are extraterrestrials who traveled here in spaceships.) Jacques was recently a guest on Coast To Coast AM talking about the book, and the interview has been uploaded to YouTube in multiple parts.
From Paratopia, Platinum Standard Paranormal Radio
Dr. Jacques Vallee taught us how to think outside the box even with an outside the box subject like UFOs. With his new book Wonders In The Sky, he does it again. In this interview with the man himself Paratopia follows suit. Stepping outside the box of podcasting, Jeff & Jer bring Wonders In The Sky to life through readings by voices in and out of ufology eager to welcome Dr. Vallee back!
Listen to part of the interview:
October 27, 2010
Review: Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times
I have always found UFO sightings intriguing and Wonders in the Sky just magnified my curiosity. Paranormal investigation must be an exciting field of work and reading this book made me feel like I was experiencing the unexplainable. It’s very well written and makes you wonder about what exactly is in the sky.