Wonders in the Sky

Wonders in the Sky

Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity to Modern Times and Their Impact on Human Culture, History, and Beliefs

Book - 2010
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Penguin Putnam
One of the most ambitious works of paranormal investigation of our time, here is an unprecedented compendium of pre-twentieth-century UFO accounts, written with rigor and color by two of today's leading investigators of unexplained phenomena.

In the past century, individuals, newspapers, and military agencies have recorded thousands of UFO incidents, giving rise to much speculation about flying saucers, visitors from other planets, and alien abductions. Yet the extraterrestrial phenomenon did not begin in the present era. Far from it. The authors of Wonders in the Sky reveal a thread of vividly rendered-and sometimes strikingly similar- reports of mysterious aerial phenomena from antiquity through the modern age. These accounts often share definite physical features- such as the heat felt and described by witnesses-that have not changed much over the centuries. Indeed, such similarities between ancient and modern sightings are the rule rather than the exception.

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 by military prototypes. Using vivid and engaging case studies, and more than seventy-five illustrations, they reveal that unidentified flying objects have had a major impact not only on popular culture but on our history, on our religion, and on the models of the world humanity has formed from deepest antiquity.

Sure to become a classic among UFO enthusiasts and other followers of unexplained phenomena, Wonders in the Sky is the most ambitious, broad-reaching, and intelligent analysis ever written on premodern aerial mysteries.

Baker & Taylor
In a comprehensive resource, the authors document more than 500 pre-20th-century UFO accounts, from biblical times to the end of the 19th century, just before humans took to the sky themselves. Original.

Publisher: New York : Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2010
Edition: 1st Jeremy P. TarcherPenguin ed
ISBN: 9781585428205
Branch Call Number: 001.942 VAL
Characteristics: 508 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Aubeck, Chris


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Jun 07, 2016

This was exciting for me to read. It seems that people in the past witnessed some very strange phenomena. I am so glad they kept records of these events because they are fascinating and I am thankful that the author took the time to gather them and put them together for us.

JCLAmyF Aug 15, 2014

This is a look at historical paranormal sightings. The authors discuss how sightings have always been "culturally coded" - meaning, how people describe what they saw is steeped in the influences and traditions of their culture. Pretty interesting! Unfortunately, the writing put me off a bit and I just couldn't get into it.

Dec 24, 2010

Since none of these sightings have ever been explained, basically this is a work of fiction.


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