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Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds Paperback – May 1, 1993


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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Contemporary Books (May 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809237962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809237968
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jacques VALLEE holds a master's degree in astrophysics from France and a PhD in computer science from Northwestern University, where he served as an associate of Dr. J. Allen Hynek. He is the author of several books about high technology and unidentified phenomena, a subject that first attracted his attention as an astronomer in Paris. While analyzing observations from many parts of the world, Jacques became intrigued by the similarities in patterns between moderrn sightings and historical reports of encounters with flying objects and their occupants in every culture. The result was the seminal book Passport to Magonia, published in 1969.

After a career as an information scientist with Stanford Research Institute and the Institute for the Future, where he served as a principal investigator for the groupware project on the Arpanet, the prototype of the Internet, Jacques Vallée co-founded a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. He lives in San Francisco.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Seeger on March 26, 2004
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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.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Edane VINE VOICE on March 13, 2001
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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.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Angelaustin on August 4, 2002
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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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2002
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 1, 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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