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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books Inc; 2Rev Ed edition (1 May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809237962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809237968
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,467,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "swilde46" on 21 May 2004
Format: Paperback
this is a groundbreaking book,even today.vallee shows that the "ufo and alien" phenomenon has been around for hundreds,possibly thousands of years..he demonstrates that sightings of unusual objects in the sky and encounters with strange beings are perceived in the prevailing age and culture..thus we have encounters with fairy's,trolls and other denizens of some fantastical realm,this is not a book about "folklore" but delves deep into the problem..he argue's convincingly that the entitie's being seen in modern time's are the same that were seen in earlier time's.
do these things have a seperate existence, are we being subjected to some type of control mechanism?
i would recommend "confrontations" and every other book by this author as essential reading.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Oct. 2010
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In PTM, published six months following Apollo 11's historic Moon landing, French astronomer and computer scientist Jacques Vallee moved away from his earlier writings (`Anatomy of a Phenomenon' and `Challenge to Science') where he had attempted to apply the scientific method to categorising and understanding patterns in UFO encounters and sightings, to musing on modern UFO-occupant encounter reports and their historic parallels with folklore.

In his introduction, the author tells us:

"This is not a scientific book. It could be called a philosophical book, if there were a philosophy of non-facts...it aims only at the documentation of a recurrent myth; namely...contact between mankind and an intelligent race endowed with apparently supernatural powers...it's an effort to provide systematic documentation and literary illustration of modern folklore in the perspective of ancient myths..."

By cherry-picking a bunch of the more odd-ball (predominantly sole witness) UFO-occupant cases pre-1970 and drawing parallels with mythical encounters between humans and the fairy-folk, mostly from the Celtic mythology of the British Isles, Vallee broadly succeeds in his objective.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Return to Fairyland 26 Mar. 2004
By Kevin Seeger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Researcher Jacques Vallee has done an excellent job synthesizing the various reports through the ages of our contact with otherworldly entities. He especially empasizes the fairy lore of the Celtic region, as this is relatively modern and also well-documented.
Vallee points out that many of the chief characteristics of contact with fairies is coincidental of modern accounts of contact with UFOnauts. He surmises that these accounts are cultural-specific descriptions of a phenomenon that has been with us since time immemorial. It is probable that everything from demons, incubi, and jinns are one and the same as the aliens which now captivate our global attention.
Interestingly, the entities have consistantly been described as possessing technology just beyond the means of whichever society is experiencing the contact. Today, the entities appear in antigravity spacecraft, just as in the Bible they steered luminous chariots, and in the great airship sighting wave of 1897, they seemed to be manning turbine-driven zeppelins. The one constant throughout the ages has been the entities proclivity to tinker with the genetics of mankind. Vallee offers no answers to this strange phenomenon, but only wishes to point out that it did not originate in modern times.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
excellent 13 Mar. 2001
By Edane - Published on Amazon.com
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I can be harsh in reviews of books I find silly, but this one I found excellent and I'm glad to say so in a review. Yes, it is dated, but that is part of the interest because it lets you see how things have developed over the past 30 or so years. It is also intelligent and discerning and is not in a rush to leap to conclusions or explain everything. It trusts you to be smart and form your own judgements. No book in this subject should be read alone, no one book can begin to cover the many aspects and issues, but this should be one of the books you read.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful and Insightful With a Different Perspective 4 Aug. 2002
By Angelaustin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have long admired Mr. Vallee, as I have read several of his books and have found him to be rational, thorough in his investigations, and very balanced in his conclusions. Until this book, I never realized the connection between the fairy and other unusual sightings of years ago and the UFO phenomena of today. Mr. Vallee's basic premise is that as man has evolved and become more technologically advanced, so too do the strange phenomena. They seem to parallel our advancements. It is a most interesting theory, and while it does not give answers as to why these things happen in the first place, it makes for an interesting and intelligent read. I am fortunate enough to have a copy of this book, and if you can get your hands on one, do so. You'll be glad you did.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Very Interesting Parallels 8 May 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A reprisal (and slight revisal) of an older review of mine from a while back (April 2000). Hopefully books like this will get reprinted if enough attention is brought to them...
I find Jacques Vallee's comparative essays (as I call them, finding each chapter stylized as an essay) are very intriguing. The entire book as a collective goes a long way to explaining that the UFO phenomenon (which, according to popular culture "started" in 1947 with the "Roswell Incident") has been with us a lot longer than most realize.
I agree with Monsieur Vallee that civilizations all over the world have had these experiences/contacts in many different forms throughtout the millennia. As a species, we would prove to be completely ignorant if we absolutely believed that we were superior to all other life forms, to the point of ignoring "specters" that are probably with us everywhere, in everything we see, everyday of our lives. And only those who haven't been totally conditioned away from their childhood insight by society have been able to see the fleeting images of fairies, elves, leprechauns, etc., or at least even feel their presence.
A definite must-read for anyone wishing to find out more about the history of UFO's & mythology, and their connection, or for anyone looking for answers as to why they have had a lifetime of unwanted supernatural experiences.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Vallee leaves the 'Challenge to Science' behind and goes off to fairyland 2 Oct. 2010
By The Guardian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In PTM, published six months following Apollo 11's historic Moon landing, French astronomer and computer scientist Jacques Vallee moved away from his earlier writings (`Anatomy of a Phenomenon' and `Challenge to Science') where he had attempted to apply the scientific method to categorising and understanding patterns in UFO encounters and sightings, to musing on modern UFO-occupant encounter reports and their historic parallels with folklore.

In his introduction, the author tells us:

"This is not a scientific book. It could be called a philosophical book, if there were a philosophy of non-facts...it aims only at the documentation of a recurrent myth; namely...contact between mankind and an intelligent race endowed with apparently supernatural powers...it's an effort to provide systematic documentation and literary illustration of modern folklore in the perspective of ancient myths..."

By cherry-picking a bunch of the more odd-ball (predominantly sole witness) UFO-occupant cases pre-1970 and drawing parallels with mythical encounters between humans and the fairy-folk, mostly from the Celtic mythology of the British Isles, Vallee broadly succeeds in his objective. He also works in stories of Christian-religious `visitations' such as the Knock apparition in August 1879; the missing-time elements common to so many fairy-world interactions in folklore and their similarity to modern missing-time abduction reports; and numerous accounts over the centuries of the sexual harassment of both men and women by fairy folk of the opposite sex (succubi and incubi in Christian/demonology parlance - he's in Colin Wilson territory here), in an attempt to link them with more recently reported breeding-focussed interactions with UFO occupants (he spends a number of pages on the 1957 Villas Boas case). Human interbreeding with non-human entities is a recurrent theme in most folk mythology from around the world: it is intriguing to speculate if all these legends of sexual encounters with angels, sky-gods and goddesses, of `marriages' between humans and fairies, and of `changeling' children are in fact one and the same phenomenon as the reported interest demonstrated by some UFO occupants in the interbreeding of species which has emerged in thousands of UFO abduction reports in the past 50+ years of sperm-extraction, mysterious pregnancies and `hybrid' children. These parallels are certainly consistent and numerous, so maybe, as Vallee tells us, they are connected - but how, exactly? The same phenomenon at source, something in the human psyche which interprets them as such, or is this just `argument from spurious similarity' and of little value?

Vallee makes some poignant observations such as:

"The behaviour of non-human visitors to our planet, or of a superior race coexisting with us on this planet, would not necessarily appear purposeful to a human observer. Scientists who brush aside UFO reports because `Obviously intelligent visitors would not behave like that' simply have not given serious thought to the problem of non-human intelligence."

Ultimately, does Vallee offer any answers, or bring more clarity to this most intriguing set of phenomena? Not really. Perhaps given the weirdness of his selected data, firm conclusions are not warranted. This reviewer suggests that although PtM was an interesting essay, in the end Vallee may have been barking up the wrong tree. Others have pointed out that ET/inter-dimensional visitation might be at the core of most mythological encounters with non-human entities, interpreted by witnesses in each case through their relevant contemporary cultural paradigms.

PTM remains an interesting historical essay. Though 40 years after publication the direction of its thesis seems in retrospect like something of a blind alley offering no answers, it was seen at the time as opening up new thinking and is for this reason worth reading.

As usual with Vallee's writings, his fine prose shines through. He's a good writer, if a little formal in style. Unlike `Messengers of Deception' and the `Dimensions' trilogy, PTM has received no modern reprint, and if you can find a good original hardcover copy from the 1970s it will likely command a high price. Consider reading Vallee's 1988 book `Dimensions' instead: great chunks of PTM are copied and pasted verbatim into the text of `Dimensions' and the essential argument of the original 1969 book is updated.
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