Although strange objects in the sky have been observed (or allegedly observed) throughout recorded history, the modern era of “flying saucers” dates from 1947. In that year, Ray Palmer, a well-known science-fiction writer and promoter, described in elaborate detail the appearance of spaceships of unknown construction. Since that time, and in part because of the assiduous promotion of such tales by Palmer and many others, observations of unidentified flying objects (UFO’s) have proliferated.
Apart from blurry photographs of dubious provenance, however, evidence for these stories of alien visitation has been lacking. Gary Kinder maintains that the case of Eduard Meier differs from the usual pattern. Meier, a poorly educated peasant living in the small Swiss village of Hinwil, observed in 1975 numerous “beamships” unlike any craft he had ever seen. Others also saw odd lights in the sky; but, unlike his compatriots, Meier claims to have had conversations with the passengers in the alien craft, who had come from a Pleiadian civilization far distant from Earth. A beautiful woman informed Meier about the customs of her culture.
Readers inclined at once to dismiss Meier’s story are, in the author’s view, in error. Meier photographed the ships and recorded their sound. He also obtained from his astral interlocutor samples of metal. When Meier’s case, owing to his own efforts and those of interested journalists, spread beyond the...
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