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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Anomalist Books (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933665467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933665467
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"If evidence for the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis has failed to surface--despite decades of hard work and diligent investigations--then maybe we should consider the notion that we are looking for the answers in all the wrong places. Instead of looking up, maybe we should be looking around us. And, perhaps, even below us, too." - From the Foreword by Nick Redfern, author of On the Trail of the Saucer Spies

"The Cryptoterrestrials is the most refreshing speculation on the paranormal I've seen in ages. The ideas in this book will be harvested by science-fiction writers and TV shows like Fringe for decades. Even skeptics will have a great time reading this well written book of wild conjecture. Mac Tonnies' final Fortean landmark is the Book of the Damned for the 21st century. Fans of the paranormal: be there or be square." - John Shirley, author of Bleak History

"This book is an honest pursuit of ideas that might lead to some greater understanding of the paranormal and the existence of an apparent non-human intelligence...Mac Tonnies cuts through much of the self-satisfied, bloated fundamentalist fat of the last fifty years with the deft touch of a surgeon and the encyclopedic knowledge of a veteran." - From the Afterword by Greg Bishop, author of Project Beta

More About the Author

Mike Clelland! never went to art school, he studied Mad Magazine instead. Mike grew up in the flat plains of Michigan, then spent ten years (as a yuppie) in New York City. In 1987 he thought it might be fun to be a ski bum for one winter in Wyoming. Unfortunately, after living and skiing in the Rockies, he found it quite impossible to return to his previous life in The Big City. Mike is presently living in a shed in Idaho where he divides his time between illustrations at the desk and working as an instructor in the mountains.

Customer Reviews

You can also read the book in one or two sittings, so I think it's worth checking out.
Harrison Koehli
By musing, not dissecting, he invites the reader to think about these ideas and imagine for him or her self what the reality may or may not be.
Martin Alexander
There's much to support Mac's theories about alleged aliens really being indigenous humanoid creatures.
Arlene Bryenldson

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91 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Nick Redfern on March 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Over the course of the last 60 years or so, the world of Ufology has spawned a truly huge number of books: many very good indeed, a not-insignificant number very bad, and a great deal hovering precariously somewhere in between. Just occasionally, however, a title comes along that is truly revolutionary, ground-breaking and - as far as its potential implications are concerned - thought-provoking in the extreme.

For me, personally, Jacque Vallee's Messengers of Deception and John Keel's UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse both fall into that latter category. Albeit in admittedly different ways, Vallee and Keel made equally strong cases for the existence of genuine UFOs in our midst. But, both Messengers and Trojan delivered to the reader two far more explicit messages: (A) UFOs are real; but that doesn't mean they are necessarily extraterrestrial; and (B) the phenomenon is clearly deceptive and manipulative in nature and intent.

Of course, for many of the longstanding (a.k.a. the bloody old) players within Ufology, any talk of deceptive messengers, or of Keel's super-spectrum, is dismissed as mere speculation and not much else. For them, UFOs have to be extraterrestrial. After all, they have upheld such notions and beliefs for decades; and to relegate them to the rubbish-bin is not an option.

Well, I have a few choice words for those people who are so rigidly set in their ways: the extraterrestrial hypothesis is itself entirely speculative and totally lacking in hard evidence. All we really know for certain is that there most assuredly is a genuine UFO phenomenon. But, as for definitive proof of its actual point of origin or origins? Please! There is none. At all. There is merely a lot of data clearly demonstrating the presence of unidentified "others" amongst us.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David R. Poole on April 10, 2010
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Readers of Fate Magazine will be very familiar with the central thesis of this book: "Alien" encounters aren't from above, but instead are from below or terrestrial in origin, such as "the Deros" from Richard Shaver. Tonnies updates the concept, and coins it the Crypto Terrestrial Hypothesis (CTH). The book is too short at 113 pages and a bit too speculative, with zero real research by Tonnies. Really, it's just 100 pages of Tonnies postulating his theories... "...this could be", etc. I don't think Tonnies conducted a single interview in writing this book, he merely speculates.

Being such a short book it was obviously a quick read, which was aided by the fact that Tonnies was a decent writer (he died recently at the age of 34), yet it still felt as if it could use some editing. Tonnies lexicon became obnoxious, as he would repeatedly over-use pretentious words (sometimes with questionable results) that could send his readers scrambling for their dictionary. Actually, if properly edited, this wouldn't be a book as much as an article in a UFO magazine.

I still rate the book with two stars as it was relatively interesting and Tonnies was a fair writer. Does he prove his case for CTH? Absolutely not. Is it interesting? Mildly. I'd like to be more positive about this book but really it was just okay.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful By G. Bishop on March 7, 2010
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Mac Tonnies passed away in his sleep on October 18th of 2009, at age 34. This was his last book and his legacy to the study of UFOs and the paranormal.

For "The Cryptoterrestrials," Tonnies interviewed some of the most original thinkers inside and outside of the UFO field, and studied their writings. He decided (as a few others did) that the concept of alien life from other planets did not explain many of the reported high strangeness aspects of the phenomenon: Why do these so-called "aliens" apparently need to abduct people over and over? Why do they need so many tries to learn what we can already decipher from one biological sample? Such bizarre behavior could certainly use a better explanation.

Tonnies presents another line of thought: Perhaps non-humans, if they truly exist, exhibit the interest they do because they are as intimately connected to the Earth as us and other living things. Such concern would be evident if they actually shared our planet.

This book is for those who want to explore the newest speculation on the age-old question of apparent non-humans and their possible interactions with us. Tonnies does not wish to push his theory as the final word on the subject. Those looking for definitive answers will not find a great deal of comfort here. If you are looking for enlightened and intelligent discussion on anomalies in general and on the UFO subject in particular, you are in for a treat.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. B. Jřrgensen on March 27, 2010
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I just finished the book (or the extended essay, as it more properly should be called), and have a few comments to add. First of all i would like to say that i have enjoyed listening to Mac on almost any radio show and podcast i have caught him on. Even on Coast 2 Coast he managed to shine through more than most do with George Noory, which is a remarkable feat in itself. So just to be clear, i have great respect for the man. Secondly, i choose to see this as what it has been called all along since Mac's death: an unfinished manuscript.

If you are planning on buying the book then it is probably because you have also somehow heard of the hype surrounding it ever since Mac died (and even some time before), and you are curious about it. The sad fact though, is that Mac Tonnies could very possibly have put together a good book if he was given more time, but it seems that he was quite far from the mark when he died. In my opinion it is unfortunate that this was released at all. I'm not going to go into too many examples of the books weaknesses here, since it has been done adequately by some of the other reviews here (the "negative" ones that is), but the main problem is that there is basically nothing new under the sun, despite the many claims that there is.

It is problematic that the hype has been more about Mac tonnies as a person than what this book actually accomplishes. I dont think its a particularly good idea in the long run, cause it might turn a lot of people away from the subject, and come across as a dishonest effort of promotion. So I urge Nick, Greg etc. to take a few steps back and think about what really has been created here.
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