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Messengers of Deception

UFO Contacts and Cults

by Jacques Vallée
1979, And/Or Press
ISBN 0-915904-38-1
243 pages

1980, Revised Bantam Edition
ISBN-10: 055313906
ISBN-13: 978-0553139068
272 pages


In some respects I think UFOs are similar to television sets. They are physical objects, the products of a technology, but they are also something else: the tools of a major cultural change. I think UFOs are perpetrating a deception by presenting their so-called “occupants” as being messengers from outer space, and I suspect there are groups of people on Earth exploiting this deception.

I have written this book because I am concerned with the changes which would be triggered by the belief in an outer-spece invasion, real or simulated. In the words of a Brookings Institute report on the cultural impact of extraterrestrial life:

The consequences of such a discovery are presently unpredictable because of our limited knowledge of behavior under even an approximation of such dramatic circumstances. The fundamentalist (and anti-science) sects are growing apace . . . . For them, the discovery of other life would be electrifying.

Vallée (1979: 63-64)

Jacques F. Vallée, Ph. D., is a French-born computer scientist, ufologist, and former astronomer, currently residing in San Francisco, CA.

THIS BOOK IS OUT OF PRINT. Learn more about Jacques Vallée.


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