A hard hitting, brisk book that places UFOlogy and its origins in context. From legitimate reports of unidentified flying objects in 1947, an entire phenomenon of the occult developed. We heard tell of Men in Black, supernatural contacts, telepathy, abductions, and crashed saucers. Quack religions developed. Venusians and men from Mars became invisible outback gurus.
But what is the truth behind all this? In reality, it is merely reports of flying saucers. What are they really? Itís time to blow the froth off and get down to the actual data that began it all. From there Gian J. Quasar works forward and throws out much unneeded and false data. Ball lightning, weird plasmas and charms, dazzling lights playing about may all be UFOs, but none of them are flying saucers. Flying saucer is not a term under which can be swept any unknown aerial phenomena. . .and yet this is what happened almost immediately. All this did was obscure the actual hardcore facts about metallic flying discs seen in our atmosphere.
The presses had hardly cooled down after Ken Arnoldís sensational report on June 24, 1947, had began the great saucer scare when Ray Palmer, the founder of the occult rag Fate magazine, would take a hand in shaping the entire phenomenon with the unwitting help of Arnold himself. The occult was insulated at first. Reports of saucers streaking through the air and dogfighting with our jets kept people on the edge, and kept them believing in solid craft and men from other planets. But this soon got old and didnít sell anymore. New chapters had to be added to the phenomenon to keep it evolving and lucrative. When reports of flying saucers became dull, landings and contactees took their place. Then abductions became vogue, then supernatural telepathy and pseudo religions. Who knows what to believe now?
Itís time to go back to the facts. In Report on the Flying Saucers Quasar distills the last 65 years of a phenomenon that has morphed into something so wholly different from what it began. If flying saucers are real, then many questions must be answered, not least of which: their indifference to us.