Author: Micah Hanks

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4 Replies to “Book Review: Contactees: A History of Alien-Human Interaction

  1. Alan Greenfield had an unusual take on all the High Strangeness (particularly linguistically) in contactee reports. Although I do not necessarily agree with his interpretation (I am a fan of gematria as a psychological device, not as a device for cryptography), it is certainly worth looking at for anyone interested in contactee experiences.

    These were outlined in the amusingly named “Secret Cypher of the UFONauts” and “Occult Rituals of the Men In Black”.

    The tl;dr version? During the height of the contactee period, the strange words and names said by the UTs were meant to be decrypted using the thelemite ALW cypher by the secret chiefs/illuminati, and disseminated via mass media reports.

  2. I’m looking forward to reading this latest one from Redfern. Looks like he’s written a long-overdue, in-depth look at the “contactee” phenomenon.

    Thanks for the synopsis.

  3. Indeed Mike, you’ll enjoy the heck out of this one. Also, rather than being from Venus, it’s a good thing “Diane” didn’t say, “… I come from Hell!” Yikes! Don’t know exactly where I’m going with that one…

    ENKI… UFOnauts is a favorite expression of mine. Who coined that term, was it Greenfield? I recall there being a book written in the mid seventies, a mass market paperback, that incorporated the title, though I had mentally attributed it to Hans Holzer or someone who wasn’t normally associated with Ufology. I’m drawing a blank as to the exact identity of the author.


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