- Paperback: 435 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Inc (June 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1570714274
- ISBN-13: 978-1570714276
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 7 inches
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CE-5 : Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind Paperback – June 1, 1999
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From the Introduction
Almost everyone today has read about (and seen in movies and on television) fantastic accounts and graphic displays of strange flying discs that hover silently, rise up vertically at fantastic speed, and perform breathtaking maneuvers in the air and even below water. We are captivated by their dazzling appearances and antics, and wonder whether they could be real. To many people, these images came only from creative imaginations of UFO fanatics in Hollywood or Sci-Fi computer-graphics, while to a growing number of others they represent actual three-dimensional objects.
Usually these objects seem to mind their own business. According to many thousands of eye witness reports, press clippings, movies, and occasional radio and television accounts, these aerial objects act as if they are oblivious of their witnesses.
Yet, once in a while we read about someone who waves at the craft or shines a light at it at night. Seldom do we find out what happens in these kinds of circumstances. This is the main subject of CE-5: Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.
Occasionally someone behaves in a way that seems to be exactly repeated by the UFO. Two short flashes of a flashlight, for example, are followed by two short light flashes from the airborne object. A pilot wiggles the wings of his airplane slightly, and an oval metallic disc nearby wavers soon afterwards. A driver is exactly paced by a nearby unidentified aerial object mile after mile of curving roads. Do such mimicking responses by the unusual phenomenon represent some type of deliberate communication, a pure coincidence, or something else we know nothing about? One purpose of this book is to explore these possibilities.
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One needs to be brave, as well as brazen to undertake such a task. But we need to
know if it is a route which these beings find acceptable, otherwise their covert
activities will continue unabated. So contact is essential. It is sad that the entire subject is submerged in denial and ridicule. This book is the first book I have seen which attempts to collect case histories of the agenda of purposeful contact. It offers no solutions and is a little sketchy so I think it needs a follow up. If the author wishes to concentrate on CE-5s as this effort continues,
it would still be welcome. Since this is the only book I have read which researches the evidence for this area of ufology it is an excellent source.
There is some commentary about the development of UFO research. Haines contends that in the 1970s-80s "Ufology seemed to mature for a short period in America in terms of the way it approached field research and interpreted the collected data." I disagree. That was a period when the idea that UFOs were non-physical craft became fashionable, despite their being no evidence to substantiate that notion. Elsewhere, he cites someone called G. K. Haines, who claimed that the CIA "paid only limited and peripheral attention to the phenomenon", yet Richard Haines doesn't say whether he knows for sure if G. K. Haines was right or not, nor if the Haineses are related.
Generally brief details are provided about each UFO sighting, followed by a reference should the reader wish to conduct further research. Some of the references are unnecessarily obscure. After a description of the 1965 Maurice Masse incident, two references are provided: "Le Journal Du Dimance, 4 July 1965 and Washington Post, 7 July 1965. The case can be read about in more easily acquirable sources. The most detailed treatment I have found is in Crack in the Universe. The Herb Schirmer case gets a brief mention and the reference is the APRO Bulletin on Nov-Dec 1967. More easily acquirable sources are UFO Trek and Beyond Earth: Man's Contact With Ufos. Haines also briefly mentions the Jeff Greenhaw case, with the reference being Ray Fowler's book UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors and states, "Fowler gives no further details of this case nor the whereabouts of the photographs." The photos that Greenhaw took appear on the cover of the book by Ralph and Judy Blum, Beyond Earth. Page 372, the 1975 encounter near Norway, Maine. The reference is an issue of Flying Saucer Review and Abducted! by the Jim and Coral Lorenzen. This case is discussed in the greatest depth in UFO-Dynamics: Psychiatric and Psychic Aspects of the UFO Syndrome.
The book becomes an endurance test due to its repetitive nature. It would have been better, in my opinion, if there were fewer cases discussed, and if the cases were discussed in more depth, such as Haines does with the 1965 James Flynn Florida Everglades incident and the 1967 Stephen Michalak Falcon Lake incident.
The book has a graphic of an alien face on the cover, it markets itself as a book "exposing alien contact", yet Haines appears to want to concentrate on just UFO sightings. He mentions the UFO sighting of Lyndia Morel in 1973, but makes no mention of the alien contact element, instead stating, "The remainder of this incident is left to the interested reader to discover." Again, page 104, a 1973 case on the border of Austria and Bavaria: "The many other interesting details are left to the reader to discover."
For me, reading CE-5 was an absorbing and engrossing experience.
In 435 pages, in two major parts, CE-5 chronologically presents abstracts of 242 of the world's most fascinating UFO sighting reports. Part I discusses apparent communications between witnesses and UFOs; Part II discusses apparent communications between witnesses and alien beings.
But what exactly do you get when you read CE-5? A lot.
Case 14: A disk 1,000 feet in diameter and 12 feet thick was seen by multiple witnesses as it crossed 150 miles of Minnesota countryside over a period of five hours. The moment a witness switched his truck's headlights on, the object changed color from white to red.
Case 35: A witness ran to within about 20 feet of a landed UFO. Two days later he became very ill - reduced body temperature, black vomit, diarrhea with blood in the stool - and two weeks later he died, supposedly from gastroenteritis, although a nearby scientific organization said his symptoms were similar to those caused by a lethal dose of gamma radiation.
Case 39: Two witnesses shined their flashlights at a mysterious aerial object that had landed. The flashlight beams bent up 90 degrees about 18 inches in front of the object.
Case 49: The crew of a US Army tank in Germany, at night, saw a bright UFO flying beneath the overcast. When the object approached, the tank driver flashed the tank's searchlights, and the UFO echoed the flashes. At one point the UFO appeared extremely bright but even then it did not illuminate the clouds above it or the ground beneath it.
Case 75: A medical doctor flashed a 500,000 candlepower spotlight at a UFO, in sequences of three, two, and five flashes. The UFO echoed each sequence, and this apparent communication was witnessed by 39 bystanders.
Case 110: Russian jet fighters intercepted a UFO, fired their machine guns at it, but the UFO zig-zagged and out-maneuvered the interceptors.
Case 183: A police officer drove up to within 40 feet of a landed UFO and saw red lights inside the object. When the police car's headlights finally illuminated the object, the red lights began flashing. Then the police car's engine died and the officer's flashlight failed to work. The officer was unable to account for about 30 minutes of his shift around the time of the sighting.
Case 207: A priest and several dozen other witnesses waved to human-like "people" standing on a UFO that hovered near the mission. The "people" waved back. This apparent communication continued for about three hours.
(Another report in this Part of CE-5 describes a man who jabbed his knife at a "creature's hairy body," only to feel the knife glance off as if it had struck a rock. Still another UFO-related fight involved a young man and a being the witness said "felt like metal." And a South American truck driver fired his pistol at three 13 to 16 feet tall "beings in human form" that exited a landed UFO.)
Case 216: In Italy, a farmer saw a UFO land and then saw three "dwarfs" emerge from it. The farmer, who heard the "dwarfs" talking to each other in an unknown tongue, got his shotgun. It failed to fire when he attempted to pull the trigger, and the gun suddenly felt so heavy that he had to drop it. He felt paralyzed. The "dwarfs" took some of the farmer's rabbits, jumped back into the UFO, and as it flew away, the farmer fired his shotgun at it.
Case 218: (This event is too frightening to describe here, but it is one of the most well-documented UFO-alien-gunfire cases on record.)
Case 223: (This event is also too frightening to detail here. It culminated in the witness' death from leukemia two months later.)
In spite of its often terrifying content, CE-5 reads quickly and easily because its abstracts are short and concise. Abstracts are followed by citations, and often by rhetorical questions or comments. (Those comments helped me see a couple of technical subtleties I'd overlooked.) More references and citations are given at the end of chapters and major parts. The book is indexed and has tables of statistical data.
CE-5 is clearly the best review of the world's most intriguing communications-related UFO reports, all condensed to essentials and accompanied by photos, sketches, and diagrams. (Even though I've been an avid UFO researcher since 1947 and have read about 125 books on the subject, most of CE-5's reports were new to me.)
But while I think CE-5 is vital reading for most adults, I also think its reports are too frightening for elderly people susceptible to stroke or heart attack, and for children.
(To underscore my concern here, please understand that I'm a military veteran, a pilot, I'm well grounded in the physical sciences, and I'm a technical researcher and writer -- see [...] -- but I confess that I found myself _quite_ disturbed by several CE-5 reports.)
In summary, CE-5 is more than a compelling and often stunning series of UFO reports. It is also more than an enormous feat of technical research by Drs. Haines, Greer, and Rodeghier.
My hope is that the public and the scientific community will soon recognize CE-5 for what it really is, the most professional contribution yet toward understanding and solving this century's greatest scientific mystery.
Dr. Haines has done his homework and provided a wealth of documented case histories to do with the UFO phenomenon. He brings a credibility and analytical bent to the realm of UFO research that has been and continues to be sorely lacking.