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Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist

Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist

Author: Aaron John Gulyas

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476601687

Category: Social Science

Page: 260

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Since the 1950s, men and women around the world have claimed to have had contact with human-like visitors from space. This book explores how the “contactee” subculture has critiqued political, social and cultural trends in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. Not merely quaint relics of the 1950s Atomic Age, contactees have continued their messages of transformation into the 21st century. Regardless of whether these alleged contacts took the form of physical meetings or channeled paranormal psychic communications, or whether they actually happened at all, contactees have provided a consistently relevant source of commentary on this world and beyond.

The Chaos Conundrum

The Chaos Conundrum

Author: Aaron John Gulyas

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9780991697595

Category: History

Page: 132

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In "The Chaos Conundrum," historian Aaron John Gulyas examines how the paranormal has intersected and influenced our culture in myriad ways, from the conspiracy beliefs of William Cooper and Exopolitics to the challenge that the stories of Gray Barker presented to our concept of self and time. He looks at the maelstrom of personalities, agendas, impressions, data, confusion, and contradictions that can be found in the world of the weird, and demonstrates how they have become an integral part of our lives, whether in the form of flying saucers, hauntings, religious revelations, psychic abilities, or dozens of other guises. Gulyas delves into the stories of the people who have attempted to create order out of the chaos. Along the way he recounts his own journey from enthusiastic believer in the "shadow government" and their underground bases to jaded academic skeptic, and then finally to someone who thinks there might just be something to the paranormal after all... but not what we have been led to expect or believe!

Aliens in Popular Culture

Aliens in Popular Culture

Author: Michael M. Levy

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440838330

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

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An indispensable resource, this book provides wide coverage on aliens in fiction and popular culture. • Provides cultural context in introductory essays on some of the key themes and contexts of alien representation • Covers a broad scope, with more than 130 entries on different topics, and is written by nearly 90 researchers with diverse expertise • Shows readers the varied ways that imagined aliens have become a part of popular culture • Presents both familiar topics and more obscure topics in popular culture to provide new scholarship

Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy Theories

Author: Aaron John Gulyas

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476623498

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Narratives based on conspiratorial and paranoid thinking have become increasingly prominent throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. From the prosaic to the outlandish, conspiracy theories involve aliens and Nazis, underground bases and mind control technology. They range from sinister tales of malevolent reptilian beings infiltrating our government to fears of the New World Order rounding up patriotic Americans and putting them into internment camps. These stories and their underlying concerns have a long history in the U.S. and have often been bolstered by revelations of real conspiracies and cover-ups by private and public entities. This book examines conspiracy theories and the narratives constructed by those who believe and propagate them, providing a unique view of U.S. history and highlighting fears both founded and unfounded.

Handbook of UFO Religions

Handbook of UFO Religions

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Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004435537

Category: Religion

Page: 560

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The Handbook of UFO Religions, edited by scholar of new religions Benjamin E. Zeller, offers the most expansive and detailed study of the persistent, popular, and global phenomenon of religious engagements with ideas about extraterrestrial life.

Science Fiction Literature through History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]

Science Fiction Literature through History: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]

Author: Gary Westfahl

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440866173

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 766

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This book provides high school and undergraduate students, and other interested readers, with a comprehensive survey of science fiction history and numerous essays addressing major science fiction topics, authors, works, and subgenres written by a distinguished scholar. This encyclopedia deals with written science fiction in all of its forms, not only novels and short stories but also mediums often ignored in other reference books, such as plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels. Some science fiction films, television programs, and video games are also mentioned, particularly when they are relevant to written texts. Its focus is on science fiction in the English language, though due attention is given to international authors whose works have been frequently translated into English. Since science fiction became a recognized genre and greatly expanded in the 20th century, works published in the 20th and 21st centuries are most frequently discussed, though important earlier works are not neglected. The texts are designed to be helpful to numerous readers, ranging from students first encountering science fiction to experienced scholars in the field. Provides readers with information about written science fiction in all its forms—novels, stories, plays, poems, comic books, and graphic novels Includes original interviews with major writers like Ted Chiang, Samuel R. Delany, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Connie Willis that are not available elsewhere Features numerous sidebars with additional data about various subjects and key passages from several classic works Includes hundreds of bibliographies of sources that provide additional information on various specific topics and the genre of science fiction as a whole

The Paranormal and the Paranoid

The Paranormal and the Paranoid

Author: Aaron Gulyas

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442251144

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 196

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This book explores a genre of American science fiction television which emerged in the 1990s—that of conspiratorial science fiction.

The Paranormal and the Paranoid

The Paranormal and the Paranoid

Author: Aaron John Gulyas

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1442251131

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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This book explores a genre of American science fiction television which emerged in the 1990s—that of conspiratorial science fiction.

Teaching History with Newsreels and Public Service Shorts

Teaching History with Newsreels and Public Service Shorts

Author: Aaron Gulyas

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442278455

Category: Education

Page: 160

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This volume serves as a guide for teaching history with newsreels and short subject nonfiction films. In addition to introducing teachers of history to the wide range of short films available for classroom use, this volume provides sample lesson plans, assessment activities, and discussion guides.

Picturing Extraterrestrials

Picturing Extraterrestrials

Author: John Francis Moffitt

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: UOM:39015056912812

Category: Art

Page: 595

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In this witty, erudite, and thoroughly researched book, art historian John Moffitt discusses the popular iconography depicting alleged extraterrestrial (ET) visitors and the widespread appeal of this New Age craze as a mass cultural phenomenon. A thorough skeptic, Moffitt is interested in kitschy ET portraiture, not as evidence of aliens among us, but for what this imagery reveals about contemporary culture. By brilliantly placing the present cultural moment in historical context, he demonstrates how typical portrayals of aliens reflect long-running (even ancient) cultural motifs.Whether we realize it or not, among ET's precursors are the ecstatic maenads of ancient Greek art, early depictions of Christ in Byzantine icons, the religious visions shown in 15th-century Spanish paintings, and the popular images of witches and incubi from the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, in our postmodern space age, these timeless figures of imagination and art have taken on the otherworldly trappings of alien creatures. By the same token, centuries-old beliefs, whether in nature gods and goddesses, demons, witches, Satan, or saints, have evolved into the current New Age mythology that often surrounds the stories and pictures connected with aliens. Fueled by a huge entertainment industry, mass media, and the relentless profit drive of capitalism, alien imagery has become ubiquitous, and in the process the line between fantasy and reality ever harder to discern.This sweeping and above all entertaining perusal of popular culture presents a sophisticated yet very accessible and often funny dissection of our current obsession with the possibility that we are not alone.John F. Moffitt (Las Cruces, NM) is professor emeritus of art history at New Mexico State University. He is the author of many books on art history including Art Forgery: The Case of the Lady of Elche.

The Other Side of Truth

The Other Side of Truth

Author: Paul Kimball

Publisher:

ISBN: 0991697502

Category:

Page: 252

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In The Other Side of Truth, filmmaker Paul Kimball crosses the Rubicon of the imagination to explore the idea that what we call the 'paranormal' is actually a form of artistic expression created by an advanced non-human intelligence to inspire us to think about who we are, where we have been, and where we are going. Using his own journey of discovery as the starting point, Kimball presents the 'other side of truth' - the world not as we have been told it is, but as we are being encouraged to imagine that it could become. "The Other Side of Truth shatters the bland, sterile image of the 'paranormal' foisted upon western society over the past thirty years. While this book won't give the reader any answers about ghosts, extraterrestrials, or the afterlife, it will inspire them to ask questions about the world and universe around them. Presenting one man's engrossing journey through the weirdness of our world (and ourselves), Paul Kimball's book fits nicely on a shelf with Jacques Vallee, William James, and Jack Kerouac." - Aaron John Gulyas, author of Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist "The Other Side of Truth is a fascinating and entertaining examination of the paranormal. UFOs, ghosts, time travel, synchronicities and reincarnation are just some of the subjects covered in this thought-provoking book. Paul Kimball takes readers on a deeply personal journey, examining issues such as philosophy, consciousness, metaphysics and the nature of reality, fleshing out his insightful theories with details of some of his own bizarre experiences. Highly recommended." - Nick Pope, author of Open Skies, Closed Minds "In The Other Side of Truth, Paul Kimball takes his questing intelligence on a trip with an intriguing destination: a better understanding of what constitutes the 'paranormal, ' and a broader discussion of what constitutes 'truth.' Armed with a skeptical outlook but a remarkably open mind, Kimball takes the reader on a unique and entertaining journey and arrives at a place that allows the 'paranormal' to breathe fresh air for the first time in many years." - Ron Foley MacDonald, theatre / film critic and senior programmer of the Atlantic Film Festival "Canadian filmmaker Paul Kimball demonstrates that there is nothing simple about matters such as UFOs, life after death, and synchronicity, and reveals through his own fascinating experiences that the journey in search of the answers can be a deeply satisfying one." - Nick Redfern, author of Final Events and The Real Men in Black "After reading this book you will certainly be better prepared to answer the fundamental question that challenges humanity each and every day: What is Truth?" - Rev. Kyle Wagner, B.A., MDiv. Anglican Church of Canada "The Other Side Of Truth is a 'must read' for the choir, the seekers and the doubters." - Errol Bruce-Knapp, host of Strange Days... Indeed "A truly entertaining, honest and eye-opening view of the mysterious world of unexplained phenomena." - Dave Sadler, editor of The Paranormal Review "The Other Side of Truth is masterfully written by filmmaker Paul Kimball, who encourages the reader to open their mind to the possibilities presented by the paranormal. It's not just a good read, it's a necessary one." - Kathleen Mendelin Marchbank, author of Vamplitude "A glorious pastiche of things personal and things paranormal and transcendental. I can't do justice to the contents of this book; it is fecund with information and insight that readers will savor and have to think seriously about... That Paul is well-read is obvious. That he's a musician is overt too. His adoration of beautiful women is blatant. And his life has been and continues to be a journey of thought, fun, and a search for truth, which remains elusive and many-sided for him....and for us all." - Rich Reynolds, The UFO Iconoclasts

The Cult of Alien Gods

The Cult of Alien Gods

Author: Jason Colavito

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: UOM:39015063670981

Category: Fiction

Page: 398

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Nearly half of all Americans believe in the existence of extraterrestrials, and many are also convinced that aliens have visited earth at some point in history. Included among such popular beliefs is the notion that so-called ancient astronauts (visitors from outer space) were responsible for historical wonders like the pyramids. In The Cult of Alien Gods, author Jason Colavito reveals for the first time that the entire genre of ancient astronaut books is based upon fictional horror stories, whose author once wrote that he never wished to mislead anyone. In this entertaining and informative book, Colavito traces the origins of the belief in ancient extraterrestrial visitors to the work of horror writer H. P. Lovecraft (1890–1937). This amazing tale takes the reader through fifty years of pop culture and pseudoscience highlighting such influential figures and developments as Erich von Däniken (Chariots of the Gods), Graham Hancock (Fingerprints of the Gods), Zecharia Sitchin (Twelfth Planet), and the Raelian Revolution. The astounding and improbable connections among these various characters are revealed, along with the disturbing consequences of Lovecraft's "little joke" for modern science and public knowledge. Beyond documenting Lovecraft's influence on ancient astronaut theories and Raelian cloning efforts, Colavito also argues that the appeal of such modern myths is a troubling sign in an age when science is having its greatest success. He suggests that at the dawn of the 21st century Western society is witnessing a deep-seated erosion of Enlightenment values that are the basis of the modern world.