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By Kathleen Marden & Denise Stoner
New Page Books, 253 pages, $16.99

The Alien Abduction Files: The Most Startling Cases of Human Alien Contact Ever Reported, by MUFON Researchers Kathleen Marden and Denise Stoner, is a downer of a book which reminds us that encounters with extraterrestrials could be horrible and personally damaging. This is not a book about SETI where we are contacted by an alien civilization and share information. Rather, these are a collection of tales by people who claim that UFOs changed their time schedules and did experiments on them. It is hard to know what to believe with the alien invader having achieved the status of a cultural icon. The images and some of the stories are so commonplace that they may have locked themselves into our active subconscious.

“Yet if this is a psychological aberration, it is widespread, reaching across the world to nearly all races, cultures, religions, and socioeconomic groups.”

One may find the book less entertaining than science fiction, and unsettling, like a horror tale, except that the monsters are not destroyed at the end. To their credit, Marden and Stoner provide a variety of accounts looking for similarities and attempt to find the truth. Some think these creatures could be like demons or from other dimensions, but the authors remind us that with such a giant universe, there might be something out there that is curious about us. The book reaches conclusions, but without definite physical proof we are still left with an unsettling feeling that is hard to shake.

Reviewed by Ryder Miller

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