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MAGONIA
N. 56 June 1996
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, Crashed Cups. An Interim Response to Peter Brookesmith. In issues 54-6 of this magazine, the erudite Peter Brookesmith ran the first two of a three-part article entitled Communion Cups and Crashed Saucers. Therein, he attempted to locate the origin of the saucer mythos squarely within Western religious experience, particularly that of the 'American Re­ligion'. It was an impressive piece. Brookesmith is an elegant writer with a deep understanding of the scientific and religious issues. He applies Occam' s razor with almost surgical skill. Moreover, he is not afraid of courting controversy. In this case he savagely attacked the Semitic religions supposed psychological evils, using Hyam Maccoby' s Judas Iscariot and the Myth of Jewish Evil to castigate Christianity in particular with its antisemitic past. It was heady, pungent, hard-hitting material. pp.7-11
MAGONIA
N. 61 November 1997
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, The Age of Infantilism. A response to Peter Brookesmith pp.8-13
MAGONIA
N. 64 August 1998
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, War amongst the angels. David Sivier sees the Satanism Scare as a function of class conflict pp.3-7
MAGONIA
N. 66 March 1999
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, Paradise of Grey Peris. A literary speculation on some Oriental elements in the abduction experience pp.8-12
MAGONIA
N. 69 December 1999
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, The Limners of Faerie. This article was submitted as an entry for the second Roger Sandell Memorial Essay Competition pp.3-7
MAGONIA
N. 71 June 2000
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, An Alien Vice: Human Sexuality and the Pornography of Abduction. The following essay is an attempt to establish the parallel role and content of the abduction narrative and pornography. By this I do not mean that the numerous books, articles and documentaries allegedly reporting the true abduction and sexual abuse pf humans by extraterrestrial beings are deliberately written to provoke sexual arousal. Indeed, I sincerely I hope this is not the case. Nevertheless, like pornography it is a literature with a strong sexual content, using many of its themes and motifs, originating squarely to address human psychologioal needs and fulfilling some of its social functions pp.7-14
MAGONIA
N. 73 January 2001
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, Schismatrix. Reflections on the Cult of Information in Film and Beyond pp.3-8
Readers' Letters (Mail) p.16
MAGONIA
N. 82 August 2003
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, Mindscapes. For Forteans, it is axiomatic that the exclusion of the weird and the bizarre from the modern rationalistic weltanschauung began in the seventeenth century with the rise of institutional Science. "The power, that has said to all these things that they are damned, is Dogmatic Science", as Fort himself said at the very beginning of the Book of the Damned pp.3-11
MAGONIA
N. 84 March 2004
Name: Sivier, David
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Readers' Letters (Mail) p.13
MAGONIA
N. 85 July 2004
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, Visions Before Midnight. Witchcraft. Folklore and the Prehistory of the Abduction Phenomenon. Ever since Vallee and Keel put pen, or typewriter ribbon to paper in the 70s, it's been an axiom among proponents of the psychosocial hypothesis that the UFO phenomenon is merely the modem variant of a range of paranormal encounters and visitations by supernatural others. Despite their technological trappings, modem UFO sightings are merely the scientistic expression of deep religious and mystical impulses from within the human psyche, impulses, which have given rise to previous ages' myths of encounters with angels, demons, elves and ghosts. pp.3-9
MAGONIA
N. 86 November 2004
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, The Victorian Charm of the Protong. One of the strangest responses to the religious furore surrounding the release of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ in 2004 was that of veteran fringe writer, Stan Gooch. While other writers and academics feared that the graphic depiction of Christ's suffering would provoke a further rise in violent anti-Semitism amid a resurgence of extreme Right wing political groups in Europe, and the renewed intifada in the Arab world, Gooch took the opportunity of the film's release to expound his own, very personal theory that Christianity owed its origins to a secret lunar cult. pp.8-16
MAGONIA
N. 88 May 2005
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, INDEXING THEN MACHINE ELVES: FAIRYTALE MOTIFS IN UFO NARRATIVES. One of the most fascinating developments in folklore has been its extension to include UFOs and abduction accounts. Since the rise of the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) much of the argument surrounding them has occurred within the domain of the physical and psychological sciences, examining the question of whether or not they can be considered as visiting alien craft, or, as earl Jung posited instead. they are 'a modern myth of things seen in the sky'. It is a debate whose basis in the hard sciences is epitomised in the title of Carl Sagan's and Thornton Page's book "UFOs - A Scientific Debate". pp.14-17
MAGONIA
N. 90 November 2005
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, Strange Fruit. Ozark Folklore and the Continuation Of, Traditional Witch Beliefs in the Modern Satanism Scare pp.14-16
David SIVIER, Book Reviews: Bob Trubsh aw, Sacred Places. Prehistory and Popular Imagination, Heart of Albion Press, 2005 p.17
MAGONIA
N. 91 February 2006
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, Visions Before Midnight pp.13-18
MAGONIA
N. 94 January 2007
Name: Sivier, David
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David SIVIER, Spectres Meeting in a Cemetery. David Sivier discovers that The Da Vinci Code is just the latest in a long series of attempts to re-write the Bible pp.3-9
MAGONIA
N. 96 October 2007
Name: Sivier, David
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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 56 June 1996

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

Peter ROGERSONNorthern echoes2

Peter BURGEROrgan Snatchers
For almost ten years a horrible story has haunted the world's media: in Latin America children are robbed of their kidneys and corneas for the benefit of wealthy Americans. On closer examination these horror stories turn out to be based on rumours and legends. Organ-napping: the contemporary version of an age-old and universally known legend.
3-7+23

Michael GOSSRemembering Roger 8-9
Peter ROGERSONRemembering Roger9

Peter BROOKESMITHCommunion cups and crashed saucers Part Two
The Godlings Descend
In Iudalsm, Christianity and Islam, God may represent the overwhelming power of lovlngklndness, but he Is also the primordial creative force, the prlmum mobile, and the control ler of all things. And so - as the canonical texts make plain - God Is also the source and ultimate embodiment of all evil. In the second part of this series, PETER BROOKESMITH shows how the ambiguities of the omniscient Master of the Universe are reflected In UFO lore
10-15

THE ETH DEMANDS A MIRACLE 15

John HARNEYAfter reading some of their recent publications JOHN HARNEY finds he is becoming
Sceptical About the Sceptics
16-17
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MAGONIA N. 57 September/1996 -

Letters
Mail David SIVIER18
Link:
MAGONIA N. 55 March/1996 - Bogeymen [Mcclure, Kevin]
Mail Matthew J. GRAEBER18-19
Link:
MAGONIA N. 55 March/1996 - Bogeymen [Mcclure, Kevin]
Mail Christopher ALLEN18-19
Mail Jenny RANDLES18-19
Link:
MAGONIA N. 55 March/1996 - Bogeymen [Mcclure, Kevin]
Mail 19

Book Reviews
John HARNEYDuncan Steel. Rogue Asteroids and Doomsday Comets. John Wiley & Sons, 199520
Peter ROGERSONColin A. Ross, Satanic Ritual Abuse: principles of treatment. University of Toronto Press, 1995.20-21
Peter ROGERSONAbduction Review Round-Up21-22
Review: Elsie OAKENSEN,ONE STEP BEYOND - 1996, Walter N. WEBB,ENCOUNTER AT BUFF LEDGE - 1995, Karla TURNER,TAKEN - 1994, Katharina WILSON,THE ALIEN JIGSAW - 1993, Debbie JORDAN, Kathy MITCHELL,ABDUCTED! - 1994
P.R.lan Wilson, In Search of Ghosts. Headline, 199522
P.R.Jane GOLDMAN, THE X-FILES BOOK OF THE UNEXPLAINED - volume one 22
Review: Jane GOLDMAN,THE X-FILES BOOK OF THE UNEXPLAINED - volume one - 1995
P.R.Paul David PURSGLOVE (ed.), ZEN IN THE ART OF CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: CRAZY WISDOM AND UFOS 22
Review: Paul David PURSGLOVE (ed.),ZEN IN THE ART OF CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: CRAZY WISDOM AND UFOS - 1995
P.R.Edward ASHPOLE, THE UFO PHENOMENA 22
Review: Edward ASHPOLE,THE UFO PHENOMENA - 1995
P.R.John SPENCER, Anne SPENCER, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERIES , Jenny RANDLES, Peter HOUGH, ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UNEXPLAINED , David RITCHIE, UFO: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS AND RELATED PHENOMENA , James RANDI, The Supernatural A-Z 23
Review: James RANDI,The Supernatural A-Z - 1995, John SPENCER, Anne SPENCER,THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST MYSTERIES - 1995, Jenny RANDLES, Peter HOUGH,ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE UNEXPLAINED - 1995, David RITCHIE,UFO: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS AND RELATED PHENOMENA - 1994

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25 Years Ago24
More Cat Flaps24
Dress Nonsense24


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N. 61 November 1997

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

Interpreting contemporary vision an belief
The Roger Sandell Memorial Competition
2

Jenny RANDLESGetting it Right a East Gate
Jenny Randles sets the record straight about the latest Rendlesham claims
3-6

David SIVIERCrashed Cups. An Interim Response to Peter Brookesmith
In issues 54-6 of this magazine, the erudite Peter Brookesmith ran the first two of a three-part article entitled Communion Cups and Crashed Saucers. Therein, he attempted to locate the origin of the saucer mythos squarely within Western religious experience, particularly that of the 'American Re­ligion'. It was an impressive piece. Brookesmith is an elegant writer with a deep understanding of the scientific and religious issues. He applies Occam' s razor with almost surgical skill. Moreover, he is not afraid of courting controversy. In this case he savagely attacked the Semitic religions supposed psychological evils, using Hyam Maccoby' s Judas Iscariot and the Myth of Jewish Evil to castigate Christianity in particular with its antisemitic past. It was heady, pungent, hard-hitting material.
7-11

Philip TAYLORThe Mystic and the Spy: two early British UFO writers 12-13
Book/Magazine:Bernard NEWMAN,THE FLYING SAUCER - 1948, Gerald HEARD,THE RIDDLE OF THE FLYING SAUCERS: Is Another World Watching? - 1950

25 Years Ago14

Magonia Back Issues 14

Book Reviews
Peter ROGERSONArchie E. Roy, The Archives of the Mind15
Peter ROGERSONMichael HESEMANN, Philip MANTLE, BEYOND ROSWELL , Tim SHAWCROSS, THE ROSWELL FILE 15-16
Review: Michael HESEMANN, Philip MANTLE,BEYOND ROSWELL - 1997, Tim SHAWCROSS,THE ROSWELL FILE - 1997
Peter ROGERSONBernard Taithe and Tim Thornton, Prophecy: the power of inspired language in history 1330-200016
Peter ROGERSONJim SCHNABEL, REMOTE VIEWERS 16
Review: Jim SCHNABEL,REMOTE VIEWERS - 1997
Peter ROGERSONBernice Glatzer Rosenthal (editor), The Occult in Russia and Soviet Culture16-17
Peter ROGERSONJames Gilbert, Redeeming Culture: America religion in an age of science17
Peter ROGERSONRichard Baum and William Sheehan, In Search Of Planet Vulcan: The Ghost In Newton's Clockwork Universe17
Peter ROGERSONCourtney Brown,Cosmic Voyage: A Scientific Discovery of Extraterrestrials Visiting Earth17
Peter ROGERSONManfred Cassirer, Medium on Trial, the Story of Helen Duncan and the Witchcraft Act18
Peter ROGERSONC.J.S. Clarke, Reality Through the Looking Glass: science and awareness in the post modern world18
Peter ROGERSONAnthony Sterr, Feet of Clay: a study of Gurus18
JHJenny RANDLES, MIB: Investigating the Truth Behind the Men in Black Phenomenon 18
Review: Jenny RANDLES,MIB: Investigating the Truth Behind the Men in Black Phenomenon - 1997
Peter ROGERSONEdie Devers. Goodbya Again: experiences with departed loved ones18
Peter ROGERSONElaine Showalter, Hysteries: hysterical epidemic and modern culture
Showalter's book is not the ultimate solution, but it is one you should all read
19

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Cat and Mousehole Game20
The Cult of Diana20
He Spelt Our Name Right20
Stamping Ground20


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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 64 August 1998

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

Editorial
The Psychosocial Controversy 2

Gareth J. MEDWAYThe Devil and the Deep Blue Sky
This article by Gareth J. Medway is the winning entry in the Roger Sandell memorial essay competition. With the agreement of the authors, we intend the some of the other entries will be published in future issued of Magonia
3-7

David SIVIERThe Age of Infantilism
A response to Peter Brookesmith
8-13

Dennis STACYLike Ball Lightning
A Memory of Ralph Noyes
14+7

Book Reviews
Kevin McCLUREKevin McClure reviews "a brief, cold account of a difficult life"15
Review: Ann ANDREWS, Jean RITCHIE,ABDUCTED: The True Story of Alien Abduction in Rural England - 1998
John HARNEYPhysical Evidence Related to UFO Reports
John Harney examines the "Sturrock Report"
16
Peter ROGERSONLionel and Patricia Fanthorpe, The World's greatest unsolved mysteries16
Peter ROGERSONBill Yenne, UFO evaluating the evidence16
Peter ROGERSONJean La Fontaine, Speak of the Devil: tales of satanic abuse in contemporary Eng­land
In what might be the first report on Witchcraft and Satanism commisioned by a British Government for 400 years Jean La Fontaine demolishes a dangerous myth
17
Peter ROGERSONM Lamar Keene, The Psychic Mafia, as told to Allan Spraggett18
Peter ROGERSONRon Halliday. UFO's, the Scottish Dimension18
Peter ROGERSONRichard Webster, The Great Children's Home Panic18
Peter ROGERSONDavid Michael JACOBS, THE THREAT: The Secret Alien Agenda 18
Review: David Michael JACOBS,THE THREAT: The Secret Alien Agenda - 1998
Peter ROGERSONDaniel Pipes, Conspiracy: how the paranoid style flour­ishes and where it comes from - Jim Keith. Black Helicopters II18-19
Review: Jim KEITH,BLACK HELICOPTERS II: The Endgame Strategy - 1997
Peter ROGERSONBill Fawcett (ed), Making Contact: a serious handbook for locating and communi­cating with extraterrestrials19
Peter ROGERSONDouglas M. Stokes, The Nature of Mind: parapsychology and the role of consciousness in physical world19
Peter ROGERSONPhyllis Siefker, Santa Claus. Last of the Wild Men: the origins and evolution of Saint Nicholas, spanning 50,000 years19
Peter ROGERSONPaul Chambers, Paranormal People: the famous, the in­famous and the supernatu­ral19

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Psychological Damage20
25 Year Ago (Part Two)20
Standing invitation20
BUFORA Baffement20
Graeber20


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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 66 March 1999

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

Editorial
JRVirtual Banality Revisited2

David SIVIERWar amongst the angels
David Sivier sees the Satanism Scare as a function of class conflict
3-7

Gareth J. MEDWAY, Mark McCANNStrange and Wonderfull Newes
This article is taken, with permission of the authors and editors, from Talking Stick Magickal Journal. See the review on page 19 for further details
8-9

Peter ROGERSONThe case of the Warrington Hummadruz
Local history librarian Peter Rogerson unravels the background to one of the north-west's enduring mysteries
10-12

John RIMMER25 Years Ago12

John RIMMERAh yes, I remember it... Well...?
Mr Esther Rantzen meets the Demon Headmaster. John Rimmer discovers an unusual case of false memory
13-14

Preliminary announcement of the Second Roger Sandell Essay Competition 14

Book Reviews
Peter ROGERSONFort was an ancestor of today's post-modern philosophers, being one of the first to argue that works of science were just cultural texts
Kendrick Frazier (ed.), Encounter with the Paranormal: science, knowledge and belief - Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont, Intellectual impostures: post modern philosophers' abuse of science
15-16
Peter ROGERSONLinda MOULTON HOWE, GLIMPSES OF OTHER REALITIES - Volume II: High Strangeness 16
Review: Linda MOULTON HOWE,GLIMPSES OF OTHER REALITIES - Volume II: High Strangeness - 1998
Peter ROGERSONWolfgang Behringer, The Shaman of Oberstdorf: Chonrad Stoeckhlin and the phantoms of the night16
Peter ROGERSONEdward J. Larson, Sum­mer of the Gods: the Scopes trial and Ameri­ca's continuing debate over science and religion17
Peter ROGERSONCynthia HIND, UFOS OVER AFRICA 17
Review: Cynthia HIND,UFOS OVER AFRICA - 1997
Peter ROGERSONJenny RANDLES, TRULY WEIRD 17
Review: Jenny RANDLES,TRULY WEIRD - 1998
Peter ROGERSONKevin D. RANDLE, PROJECT MOON DUST 17-18
Review: Kevin D. RANDLE,PROJECT MOON DUST - 1998
Peter ROGERSONHilary EVANS, FROM OTHER WORLDS 18
Review: Hilary EVANS,FROM OTHER WORLDS - 1998
Peter ROGERSONKenneth RING, Evelyn ELSAESSER VALARINO, LESSONS FROM THE LIGHT 18
Review: Kenneth RING, Evelyn ELSAESSER VALARINO,LESSONS FROM THE LIGHT - 1998
Mark PILKINGTONWhitley STRIEBER, CONFIRMATION 19
Review: Whitley STRIEBER,CONFIRMATION - 1998
John RIMMERAmanda Prouten and Caroline Robertson, Talk­ing Stick Magickal Jour­nal. Issue 1, volume 2.19

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It's deja-vu all over again!20
Animal Panics20
Supplementary Benefit20


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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 69 December 1999

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

Editorial Notes2

Curtis PEEBLESThe hunting of the ZEL
A tale of desert adventure, crashed airplanes, and a search that would never end
3-7

David SIVIERParadise of Grey Peris
A literary speculation on some Oriental elements in the abduction experience
8-12

Readers' Letters
Mail Dennis STACY13
Mail Nicholas REDFERN13
Mail Paul FRANCIS13

The pelican writes14

Book Reviews
Mark PILKINGTONLynn PICKNETT, Clive PRINCE, THE STARGATE CONSPIRACY 15
Review: Lynn PICKNETT, Clive PRINCE,THE STARGATE CONSPIRACY - 1999
Peter ROGERSONKevin D. RANDLE, William P. CONE, Russ ESTES, THE ABDUCTION ENIGMA 15-16
Review: Kevin D. RANDLE, William P. CONE, Russ ESTES,THE ABDUCTION ENIGMA - 1999
Peter ROGERSONKatherine Ramsland. Piercing the Darkness: undercover with vampires in America today. Boxtree, 199916
Peter ROGERSONEugen Weber. Apocalypses: prophecies, cults and millennia! beliefs throughout the ages. Hutchinson, 199917
Peter ROGERSONRichard BELZER, UFOs, JFK, AND ELVIS 17
Review: Richard BELZER,UFOs, JFK, AND ELVIS - 1999
Peter ROGERSONErik Davis. Techgnosis: myth, magic and mysticism in the age of information. Serpent's Tale, 199918
Peter ROGERSONRoger K. LEIR, THE ALIENS AND THE SCALPEL 18
Review: Roger K. LEIR,THE ALIENS AND THE SCALPEL - 1998
Peter ROGERSONFred Adams and Greg Laughlin. The Five Ages of the Universe: inside the physics of eternity. Free Press, 199918
Peter ROGERSONRichard Dawkins. Unweaving the Rainbow: science, delusion and the appetite for wonder. Penguin,199918
Peter ROGERSONMichael Ruse. Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction? Harvard University Press, 199918
Christopher D. ALLANKenn THOMAS, MAURY ISLAND UFO:The Crisman Conspiracy 19
Review: Kenn THOMAS,MAURY ISLAND UFO:The Crisman Conspiracy - 1999
Peter ROGERSONSergio Della Sala. Mind Myths: exploring popular assumptions about the mind and the brain. John Wiley, 199919

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Helicopter Antics20
Ha'way the Greys!20
Beware, Librarians at Work!20
Meet Magonia20


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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 71 June 2000

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

Editorial Notes2

David SIVIERThe Limners of Faerie
This article was submitted as an entry for the second Roger Sandell Memorial Essay Competition
3-7

Gareth MEDWAYMatter of Debate
If debating with other ufologists makes you feel like you' re banging your head against a brick wall, Gareth Medway explains why
8-9

Montague KEENEA Sceptical View of Dr French
Montague Keene is a long-time member of the Society for Psychical Research. He is a co-author of a report on the 'Scale experiment' which is reviewed in th is issue of Magonia
10-11

The pelican writes12

Readers' Letters
Mail Tim MATTHEWS13-14
Mail Stephen BOOTH14
Mail Margaret BUCKINGHAM14
Mail Anthony R. BROWN14

Peter ROGERSONScole for Scandal?
Searching through two recent reports of the same physical mediumship case Peter Rogerson finds plenty of convincing evidence, but not what the a uthors had in mind
15-16

Book Reviews
Peter ROGERSONPeter D. WARD, Donald BROWNIEE, RARE EARTH - Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe 17
Review: Peter D. WARD, Donald BROWNIEE,RARE EARTH - Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe - 2000
Peter ROGERSONDavid V. Barrett. Secret Societies: from the ancient and arcane to the modern and clandestine. Blandford, 199917
Peter ROGERSONJames Sharpe. The bewitching of Anne Gunter: a horrible and true story of football, witchcraft, murder and the King of England. Profilebooks, 199918
Peter ROGERSONMarion Gibson. Reading Witchcraft: stories of early English witches. Routledge and Kegan Paul, 199918
Peter ROGERSONTeresa MOOREY, UFOs: a beginner's guide 18
Review: Teresa MOOREY,UFOs: a beginner's guide - 1999
Peter ROGERSONPeter J. MORRIS, Aliens amongst us: a beginner's guide 18
Review: Peter J. MORRIS,Aliens amongst us: a beginner's guide - 1999
Peter ROGERSONJenny RANDLES, Andy ROBERTS, David CLARKE, THE UFOs THAT NEVER WERE 19
Review: Jenny RANDLES, Andy ROBERTS, David CLARKE,THE UFOs THAT NEVER WERE - 2000

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Nothing to gain?20
Pelicanitis20
Stole the Back Page20
Something's Up20


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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 73 January 2001

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

Northern echoes
Peter ROGERSONTHERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS2

Gareth J. MEDWAYLIFE IN THE UNIVERSE THE CASE FOR FENCE SITTING
There has been some recent debate about the likelihood of intelligent life existing in other solar systems, with specific reference to the UFO question. As you would expect, ETH believers think that intelligent life is probably very common, whilst ETH sceptics suggest that it may be very rare
3-6

David SIVIERAn Alien Vice: Human Sexuality and the Pornography of Abduction
The following essay is an attempt to establish the parallel role and content of the abduction narrative and pornography. By this I do not mean that the numerous books, articles and documentaries allegedly reporting the true abduction and sexual abuse pf humans by extraterrestrial beings are deliberately written to provoke sexual arousal. Indeed, I sincerely I hope this is not the case. Nevertheless, like pornography it is a literature with a strong sexual content, using many of its themes and motifs, originating squarely to address human psychologioal needs and fulfilling some of its social functions
7-14

Book Reviews
Peter ROGERSONNiles Eldredge. The Triumph of Evolution: the Failure of Creationism. W H Freeman, 200015
Peter ROGERSONNick REDFERN, Weird War Tales 1: UFOs 1 939-45 15+18
Review: Nick REDFERN,Weird War Tales 1: UFOs 1 939-45 - 2000
Peter ROGERSONP. M. H. Atwater and David Morgan. The Complete Idiots Guide to Near Death Experiences. Alpha Books, 200015-16
Peter ROGERSONUFOs in the House of Lords, 1979. Abridged edition, Stationary Office, Uncovered Editions, 200016
Peter ROGERSONMiriam Akhtar and Steve Humphries, with Lucy Swingler. Far Out: the dawning of New Age Britain. Sanson and Company in Association with Channel Four Television, 1999.16
Peter ROGERSONW. Adam Mandelbaum. The Psychic Battlefield: behind the lines of paranormal ESPionage. Vision, 200017
Peter ROGERSONWilliam BALDWIN, CE-VI 17
Review: William BALDWIN,CE-VI - 1999
Peter ROGERSONTimothy GOOD, UNEARTHLY DISCLOSURE 17
Review: Timothy GOOD,UNEARTHLY DISCLOSURE - 2000
Peter ROGERSONDon BERLINER, Marie GALBRAITH, Antonio HUNEEUS, UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS BRIEFING DOCUMENT 17
Review: Don BERLINER, Marie GALBRAITH, Antonio HUNEEUS,UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS BRIEFING DOCUMENT - 1995
Peter ROGERSONBob RICKARD, John MICHELL, UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA 18
Review: Bob RICKARD, John MICHELL,UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENA - 2000
Peter ROGERSONPeter BROOKESMITH, ALIEN ABDUCTIONS 18
Review: Peter BROOKESMITH,ALIEN ABDUCTIONS - 1998

25 Years Ago16

The pelican writes
Abduction Self-Defence 19

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Today Gleneagles, Tomorrow the Universe20
Remainders of the Day20
Crystal Gazing20
The Tapes of Wrath20
"And thanks to my agent, my producer, the film-crew, mum and dad..."20


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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 82 August 2003

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

Editorial Notes
THE END OF TWO ERAS2

David SIVIERSchismatrix
Reflections on the Cult of Information in Film and Beyond
3-8

Curtis PEEBLESCook’s Tour
A Trip Down the Mean Streets of Ufology
9-11

Matt GRAEBERThe Raefield Affair
In Magonia 78 (June 2002) Matt Graeber discussed a 'down-to-earth' variety of UFO experience that he called 'a dynamic display'. Graeber believes that such displays are "unique symbolic dramatisations" of the observer's personal life status at the time of their UFO encounter; and that the UFO event seems to reflect both the 'situational' and 'confrontational' character of the witness's problems. In this case study he takes another look at a dynamic display (or UFO 'self perception) that took place on a busy highway in broad daylight.
12-15

25 Years Ago15

Readers' Letters
Mail David SIVIER16
Mail Ian RIDPATH16-17

The pelican writes17

Book Reviews
Loren Coleman Bigfoot: the true story of apes in America. Paraview Pocket Books, 200318
Raymond E. FOWLER, UFO TESTAMENT 18
Review: Raymond E. FOWLER,UFO TESTAMENT - 2002
Richard Abanes. One Nation Under Gods: a history of the Mormon church. Four Walls Eight Windows, 200219
Peter Hough. Supernatural Lancashire. Robert Hale, 2003. Roddy Martine. Supernatural Scotland. Robert Hale, 2003. Betty Puttick (editor). Supernatural England. Countryside Book, 200220
V. Gowri Rammohan (editor). New Frontiers of Human Science: A Festschrift for K. Ramakrishna Rao. McFarland and Company, 200220


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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 84 March 2004

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
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David SIVIERMindscapes
For Forteans, it is axiomatic that the exclusion of the weird and the bizarre from the modern rationalistic weltanschauung began in the seventeenth century with the rise of institutional Science. "The power, that has said to all these things that they are damned, is Dogmatic Science", as Fort himself said at the very beginning of the Book of the Damned
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Martin KOTTMEYERThe Alien Carried Paperwork
In March 1980, a young rural Pennsylvania couple was interviewed concerning an experience they shared aboard an alien craft. A person attending a lecture on UFOs given by Eugenie Macer-Story told her about the couple’s experiences. She travelled to their home – they had no telephone – and they cordially allowed her to tape the story of their encounters with the aliens. Frank and Alice had not contacted any UFO organisation and there was no use of hypnosis at any point preceding or during Macer-Story’s interview.
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Readers' Letters
Mail Gareth J. MEDWAY15
Mail Kevin McCLURE15

Book Reviews
A. E. Waite, Devil Worship in France with Diana Vaughan and the Question of Modern Paladism. Weiser Books, 200316-17
Budd HOPKINS, Carol RAINEY, SIGHT UNSEEN
Let us take breath here and understand quite how dangerous Hopkins is now becoming. People have a natural tendency to fear the 'Other' and can be easily tempted to hate and fear anyone who seems just a little bit odd and different. Now the 'Other' are no longer safe on the spaceship, but down the road, where bricks and worse can be thrown through their window. Hopkins is licensing new forms of persecution.
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Review: Budd HOPKINS, Carol RAINEY,SIGHT UNSEEN - 2003
Richard J. McNally. Remembering Trauma. Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press,200318
Steve Roud. The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland. Penguin Books, 200318
Bart Simon. Undead Science: science studies and the afterlife of cold fusion. Rutgers University Press, 200219
Christopher PARTRIDGE (ed.), UFO RELIGIONS 19
Review: Christopher PARTRIDGE (ed.),UFO RELIGIONS - 2003
John RIMMERP. D. Rendall. Cereal Killers, the Memoirs of a Crop Circle Researcher: Book One, the innocent years 1988 - 1991. Past-Track Publications, 200319

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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 85 July 2004

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
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Mark NEWBROOKThe Aliens Speak - and Write
Many UFO reports involve linguistic or quasi-linguistic phenomena: scripts loosely resembling hieroglyphics or Indian devanagari associated with crashed UFOs, long stretches of 'speech channelled from alien entities or produced by self-described contactees, alleged telepathic messages with specific content, etc, etc. In the ufological literature, however, we seldom find any qualified linguistic analysis of the various claims and experiences.
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P L FRANKSONNEW CROMWELLIANS? From Intellectual Sex, Good Lord Protect Us! 9-11

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Readers' Letters
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Book Reviews
John HARNEYJerome CLARK, STRANGE SKIES 15
Review: Jerome CLARK,STRANGE SKIES - 2003
John HARNEYLynne D. KITEI, THE PHOENIX LIGHTS 15-16
Review: Lynne D. KITEI,THE PHOENIX LIGHTS - 2004
Michael BARKUN, A CULTURE OF CONSPIRACY 16
Review: Michael BARKUN,A CULTURE OF CONSPIRACY - 2003
Shirley Andrews, Lemuria and Atlantis: Studying the past to survive the future. Llewellyn, St. Paul ( MN), 2004. Franz Hartmann, With the Adepts; an adventure among the Rosicrucians, Forward by R. A. Gilbert. Ibis Press, Berwick (ME) 2003 ( First edition 1887)16-17
James Hayward. Myths and Legends of the First World War. Sutton, 2002. James Hayward. Myths and Legends of the Second World War. Sutton, 2003.17
Robert E. BARTHOLOMEW, Benjamin RADFORD, HOAXES, MYTHS, AND MANIAS 17-18
Review: Robert E. BARTHOLOMEW, Benjamin RADFORD,HOAXES, MYTHS, AND MANIAS - 2003
Barbara Forrest and Paul R. Gross. Creationism 's Trojan Horse: the Wedge of Intelligent Design. Oxford University Press, 200418
Gian QUASAR, INTO THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE 18
Review: Gian QUASAR,INTO THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE - 2005


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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 86 November 2004

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

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David SIVIERVisions Before Midnight. Witchcraft. Folklore and the Prehistory of the Abduction Phenomenon
Ever since Vallee and Keel put pen, or typewriter ribbon to paper in the 70s, it's been an axiom among proponents of the psychosocial hypothesis that the UFO phenomenon is merely the modem variant of a range of paranormal encounters and visitations by supernatural others. Despite their technological trappings, modem UFO sightings are merely the scientistic expression of deep religious and mystical impulses from within the human psyche, impulses, which have given rise to previous ages' myths of encounters with angels, demons, elves and ghosts.
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Michael McHUGHAlien Mimicry in Popular Culture
If aliens ever came to earth to trade, raid or simply take pictures for Galactic Geographic magazine, it always seemed to me that they would do so by disguising themselves and their technology in such a way that they simply blended in with the natives as much as possible. Either that, or they would hire locals to do much of the work for them and act as guides and interpreters. Even on earth, people who need to work or do business in foreign countries do this all the time, and also try to learn something of the native language and customs before they go.
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Scrutinising the Sceptics 15

Readers' Letters
Mail Colin BENNETT16
Mail Gareth J. MEDWAY16

Book Reviews
William Roll and Valerie Storey. Unleashed: Of poltergeists and murder, the curious story of Tina Resch. Paraview Pocket Books, 200417
Michael BUSBY, SOLVING THE 1897 AIRSHIP MYSTERY 17-18
Review: Michael BUSBY,SOLVING THE 1897 AIRSHIP MYSTERY - 2004
Alex Owen. The place of Enchantment: British occultism and the culture of the modern. University of Chicago Press, 2004. Corinna Treitel. A Science for the Soul: occultism and the genesis of the German Modern. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.18
Raymond E. FOWLER, SYNCHROFILE 18
Review: Raymond E. FOWLER,SYNCHROFILE - 2004
Peter BROOKESMITHDavid CLARKE, THE ANGEL OF MONS
Dubbed by some academics 'unofficial history', the base material of folk stories is neither necessarily true nor necessarily untrue. The narratives tend to dramatize emotions rather than be forensically picky as to facts
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Review: David CLARKE,THE ANGEL OF MONS - 2005

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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 88 May 2005

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

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Curtis PEEBLESThe Case of the Vanishing X-15 Pilot
The publication of Ann Druffel's book, Firestorm: Dr. James M. McDonald,s Fight For UFO Science, was met with a mixed reception among believers and skeptics alike. The book gave an inside account of the highly respected atmospheric physicist's involvement with UFOs. At the same time, many readers objected to Druffel's attempts to include Roswell and MJ-12 in the account, as well as the book's technical and historical errors. McDonald's notebooks, in which he recorded his day-to-day activities formed the basis of the book. These notebooks included summaries of numerous phone calls, notes on trips, events in his struggle with the University of Colorado UFO study, headed by Dr. Edward U. Condon, and McDonald's efforts to arrange congressional hearings on UFOs.
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David SIVIERThe Victorian Charm of the Protong
One of the strangest responses to the religious furore surrounding the release of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ in 2004 was that of veteran fringe writer, Stan Gooch. While other writers and academics feared that the graphic depiction of Christ's suffering would provoke a further rise in violent anti-Semitism amid a resurgence of extreme Right wing political groups in Europe, and the renewed intifada in the Arab world, Gooch took the opportunity of the film's release to expound his own, very personal theory that Christianity owed its origins to a secret lunar cult.
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Book Reviews
J. Robert Alley. Raincoast Sasquatch: the bigfoot/sasquatch records of Southern Alaska, coast of British Columbia and Northern Washington from Puget Sound to Yakutat. Hancock House, 2003. - Chad Arment. Cryptozoology: Science and Speculation. Coachwich Publications, 2004. - Ronan Coghlan. A Dictionary of Cryptozoology. Xiphes Books, 2004. - Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe. The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents and other Mystery Denizens of the Deep, illustrated by Harry Trombore and Mark Lee Rollins. Jeremy P Tarcher/Penguin, 2003. - Linda S Godrey. The Beast of Bray Road: trailing Wisconsin 's Werewolf. Prairie Oak Press, 2003. - Nick Redfern. Three Men Seeking Monsters: six weeks in pursuit of werewolves, lake monsters, giant cats, ghostly devil dogs and ape men. Paraview Pocket Books, 2004
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Review: Loren COLEMAN, Patrick HUYGHE,THE FIELD GUIDE TO LAKE MONSTER, SEA SERPENTS, ADN OTHER MYSTERY DENIZENS OF THE DEEP - 2003
Darren Old ridge. Strange Histories: the trial of the pig, the walking dead, and other matters of fact from the Medieval and Renaissance worlds. Routledge, 200518
Greg BISHOP, PROJECT BETA 19
Review: Greg BISHOP,PROJECT BETA - 2005
Marilynne K Roach. Salem Witch Trials: a day by day chronicle of a community under siege. Taylor Trade, 200419

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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 90 November 2005

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

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Martin KOTTMEYERENGINE STOPPERS
Machines fail in the presence of UFOs. Car motors stall out. Lights dim and go out. Radios fill with static. Televisions display interference. Major electrical grids have even been known to black-out in the presence of UFOs. Such claims of inter action with the physical environment - often referred to as electromagnetic effects - have at times been felt by urologists to be one of the most compelling proofs that UFOs must be real in a material sense. Such claims can not be reduced to hallucination. And it is an effect that has been seen in literally hundreds of cases and hardly dismissible as the occasional random accident.
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David SIVIERINDEXING THEN MACHINE ELVES: FAIRYTALE MOTIFS IN UFO NARRATIVES
One of the most fascinating developments in folklore has been its extension to include UFOs and abduction accounts. Since the rise of the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) much of the argument surrounding them has occurred within the domain of the physical and psychological sciences, examining the question of whether or not they can be considered as visiting alien craft, or, as earl Jung posited instead. they are 'a modern myth of things seen in the sky'. It is a debate whose basis in the hard sciences is epitomised in the title of Carl Sagan's and Thornton Page's book "UFOs - A Scientific Debate".
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Book Reviews
Bill CHALKER, HAIR OF THE ALIEN 18-19
Review: Bill CHALKER,HAIR OF THE ALIEN - 2005
Richard Webster. The secret of Bryn Estyn: the making of a modern witch hunt. The Orwell Press, 200519-20
Review: Bill CHALKER,HAIR OF THE ALIEN - 2005
Richard Webster. The secret of Bryn Estyn: the making of a modern witch hunt. The Orwell Press, 200519-20
Peter Lamont. The First Psychic: the peculiar mystery of a notorious Victorian wizard. Little Brown, 200520
John ROWESimon Danser. Myths of Reality. Alternative Albion, 200520


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Interpreting Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 91 February 2006

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
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Curtis PEEBLESAbducted in Space
Playboy, The Saturday Evening Post, and the Vanishing X-15 Pilot's Return
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Gareth J. MEDWAYDevil's Dozen 10-12

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Socorro and the Skeptics 13

David SIVIERStrange Fruit
Ozark Folklore and the Continuation Of, Traditional Witch Beliefs in the Modern Satanism Scare
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Book Reviews
David SIVIERBob Trubsh aw, Sacred Places. Prehistory and Popular Imagination, Heart of Albion Press, 200517
Mark A. HALL, THUNDERBIRDS 18
Review: Mark A. HALL,THUNDERBIRDS - 2004
Anthony Freeman (editor). Sheldrake and His Critics: the sense of being glared at. Imprint Academic, 2005. (Journal of Consciousness Studies Volume 12 no 6)18
Review: Mark A. HALL,THUNDERBIRDS - 2004
John RIMMERSteve DEWEY, John RIES, IN ALIEN HEAT 18-19
Review: Steve DEWEY, John RIES,IN ALIEN HEAT - 2005
Harvey J. Irwin A introduction to parapsychology 4th edition McFarland and Company, 200419
Michael C. LUCKMAN, ALIEN ROCK 19
Review: Michael C. LUCKMAN,ALIEN ROCK - 2005

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Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 94 January 2007

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

Editorial Notes2

Gareth J. MEDWAYBeyond the Reality Barrier 3-12

David SIVIERVisions Before Midnight 13-18

Book Reviews
The Universe Wants to Play: the Anomalist volume 12.19
Dean Radin. "Entangled minds: extra-sensory experiences in a quantum reality: extrasensory experiences in a quantum reality". Paraview Pocket Books, 2006. Sally Rhine Feather and Michael Schmicker. "The Gift: ESP, the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people". St Martin's, 200619-20
Bob Seidensticker. Futurehype:the mythys of techonological change. Berrett-Koehler, 200620


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Contemporary Vision and Belief
N. 96 October 2007

Editor: John RIMMER
Name: Sivier, David
CONTENTS
AuthorTitlePag

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David SIVIERSpectres Meeting in a Cemetery
David Sivier discovers that The Da Vinci Code is just the latest in a long series of attempts to re-write the Bible
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Reporting on the 'Reporter' 10

Nigel WATSONA Web of Flying Saucer Lies and Video Footage 11-13

Peter ROGERSONFear and Loathing in New Hampshire 14-15
Book:Karl T. PFLOCK, Peter BROOKESMITH (eds.),ENCOUNTERS AT INDIAN HEAD - 2007

Book Reviews
Peter ROGERSONDiana G. TUMMINIA (ed.), ALIEN WORLDS 16
Review: Diana G. TUMMINIA (ed.),ALIEN WORLDS - 2007
Peter ROGERSONWilliam Hirstein. Brain Fiction: Self deception and the riddle of confabulation. Bradford/MIT Press. 2006 Robert S. Bobrow. The Witch in the Waiting Room: A physician investigates paranormal phenomena in medicine. Thunders Mouth Press, 200617
Peter ROGERSONKeith CHESTER, STRANGE COMPANY 17-18
Review: Keith CHESTER,STRANGE COMPANY - 2007
Peter ROGERSONTony Healy and Paul Cropper. The Yowi: In search of Australia's Bigfoot. Anomalist Books, 200618
Peter ROGERSONTony Healy and Paul Cropper. The Yowi: In search of Australia's Bigfoot. Anomalist Books, 200618
Peter ROGERSONR Kyle Stanford. Exceeding Our Grasp: science, history and the problem of unconceived alternatives. Oxford University Press, 200618
Peter ROGERSONJoaquim FERNANDES, Fina D'ARMADA, CELESTIAL SECRETS 18-19
Review: Joaquim FERNANDES, Fina D'ARMADA,CELESTIAL SECRETS - 2006
Peter ROGERSONKarin Hopper Holloway (editor). Alien Abduction Anthology: in our own words. Volume 1. Experiencers ebook, 2007. Paula Thorneycroft. Eye to the Sky: a paranormal odyssey. Ecce Nova, 200619
Peter ROGERSONJohn Benedict Buescher. The Remarkable Life of John Murray Spear: Agitator for the Spirit Land. University of Notre Dame Press, 200619

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