- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (January 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380703858
- ISBN-13: 978-0380703852
- ASIN: 0380705354
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Transformation: The Breakthrough Mass Market Paperback – January, 1997
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My best-known works of nonfiction are Communion and the Communion series: Transformation, Breakthrough, Confirmation, the Secret School and Solving the Communion Enigma. I've also published the Key and have just finished Super Natural: a New Vision of the Unexplained with Rice University Religion Chair Jeffry J. Kripal. It will be published by Tarcher/Penguin in February of 2016.
I had a close encounter of the third kind in December of 1985. This was universally taken to be an encounter with aliens, and I became the media's poster boy for alien abduction. The fact that I had prefaced Communion with ""the enigmatic presence of the human mind winks back from the dark" was entirely ignored.
I do not understand what causes the abduction experience, but I do know that it is not presently identified and is in need of study, as is the whole area of what is generally called "the paranormal." This is why Jeff and I have written Super Natural. It is time to go beyond the millennia long debate about whether or not the paranormal is real and find out what it is.
This is why Tarcher is called Super Natural the most important book on the subject since Charles Fort published the Book of the Damned in 1919.
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Whereas "Communion" has a simple, visceral power and reads as a coherent, chronological narrative about the author's experiences with the visitors, "Transformation" is more a collection of recollections and speculations which didn't make it into the first book. It jumps from one idea to another and is less focussed than the first volume, though it does contain some interesting stuff. Further abductions both of Whitley and his son Andrew (whose real name is used in this book) are described, some of which do read as dream-like; their reality is degraded by the uncomfortable fact that, whereas thousands of abduction accounts from other abductees describe exactly the same beings and processes, Strieber's are in many details unique and different. This is usually a red flag, and lends support to the contention expressed by many that Strieber "has a hard time telling fact from fiction."
At the core of "Transformation" is the author's struggle to find the meaning of the experience, and here he goes way off the map. He journeys into metaphysical and rather new-age territory as he comes to believe the visitors recycle souls, and that the Earth is a kind of "school." There are echoes of Jim Sparks' writings in the self-indulgent, obsessively introspective narcissism which characterises much of the book's content.Read more ›
and includes some very weird stuff, such as the "nine knocks" segment, which details an apparent visit that was completely physical in its nature. But Strieber never varies from what has become
a lifelong assertion that, despite the evidence, until there's proof positive, the whole area of aliens and close encounters has to be kept in question. A provocative, refreshing book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Whitley is an amazing writer,wow what an amazing story....love this book and this author.......Published 5 months ago by john
Since Whitley Strieber continues to insist on the reality of his "Visitor" series, of which is the second (the first was "Communion"), I insist that he pay the aliens a large part... Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Mike H
'Transformation' is Whitley Strieber's second book and picks up more or less where his first book, Communion, finished. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Dr_Jon_Smith
This is one of 3 of Mr Strieber's books that I had to turn to in my hour of need. I re-read two or three times in a row making comparisons. Read morePublished on June 11, 2008 by Lonnie Martin
ISBN 0380705354 - I believe in life on other planets. I believe in life outside our galaxy and that there is little - if any - reason to think we are the most intelligent and... Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by Anna M. Ligtenberg