Extraterrestrials and the American Zeitgeist: Alien Contact Tales Since the 1950s

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McFarland, May 11, 2013 - Social Science - 260 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Meeting the Saucer People
1
1 The Saucers Arrive
15
2 A Brief History of Flying Saucers
32
George Adamski
60
George Adamskis Legacy in the 1950s and 1960s
87
Extraterrestrial Contact Since the 1970s
130
Men in Black Demons and the End of the World
176
7 Sex Gender and Flying Saucers
201
8 Contact Humanity and the Future
224
Chapter Notes
231
Bibliography
241
Index
247
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Aaron John Gulyas is a history instructor at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan, where he specializes in the modern history of the United States and American military history.

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