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Diary of an Abduction Paperback – March, 2001

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The tension of Diary of an Abduction builds like a well-crafted suspense thriller. In the opening entries, which begin in September of 1986 and continue for 13 years, we meet author and scientist Angela Thompson Smith (Remote Perceptions), who learns of a phenomenon called alien abduction, which touches upon her professional fields of neuropsychology and the cognitive sciences. Even though the possibility of alien abductions was "beyond comprehension," the author was hooked--and thus began an exploration into the underworld of UFO conferences, abduction clubs, forced impregnation, and reports of alien babies. Ultimately, she comes to the realization that she is, in fact, living a double life that involves unexplained lapses in time, mysterious markings (circular bruises, single-spot scabs) that appear on her body upon waking, and vivid, recurring dreams of abductions. Memories begin to flood her mind, as Smith realizes her abductions began in childhood and are still happening.

When Smith recounts the details of her dreams/abductions, she has an Agent Scully straightforwardness, even as she writes about having a device like a telephone jack (but smaller) implanted in her ear canal, or trying to help a seemingly human baby who is being improperly cared for by bungling aliens. Like any dream memory, the images are fleeting and disjointed. She'll remember the clear plastic seat that holds the baby, but she'll have no sense of the broader setting--her bedroom? A spaceship? A laboratory? What gives this diary authority is the ongoing investigative work of Smith as she researches information from numerous sources, including government officials (expect a fascinating UFO story about a former president), scientific journals, and abduction investigators. Read it like an X-File or read it like a scientific report. Either way, you won't be disappointed. --Tara West

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In 1986, noted scientitst Angela Thompson Smith began to suspect she was living a "second life." This other life was strange, baffling, otherworldly - full of weird experiments, high-tech implants, extraterrestrials, and dark conspiracies. Somehow it was running parallel to the one she thought she was living, as if on a seperate time-track, or maybe in a "crack" between dimensions. To find out what was happening, Smith began to keep a journal of her fleeting memories, dreams, and suspicions. The result of her unusual detective work is an astonishing thriteen-year log of uncanny and distrubing events.

Contact with aliens was only the beginning, Smith reports that in her other life she visited spaceships, observed the aliens' experiments, received implants, and was even impregnated to produce an alien-human hybrid. Meanwhile, in her day job, working as a scientist for respectable research laboratories, she kept pondering, "could" these things have happened? More urgently, she wondered: "how" and "when" did they happen?

Offering the immediacy of freshly-lived experience, the precision of scientific reporting, and the high intrigue of top-notch mystery writing, Smith's real-life "Diary of an Abduction" is a riveting and provocative journey into the sky, into the soul, and beyond.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing Company; 1st edition (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571742018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571742018
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,306,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diary of an Abduction is Angela Thompson Smith's fascinating account of her contacts with beings she has named the Visitors. Her first contact came during her teenage years, in the presence of her younger brother. As an adult, she described this event to other researchers and learned that she wasn't alone in her experience.
The standard practice for abduction experiences includes thorough medical examinations followed by hypnosis. Conventional theory holds that abducted persons are "caused to suffer from an amnesia that hides their experiences from themselves and others." Hypnosis is necessary to uncover these hidden memories.
Smith chose to not undergo hypnosis. She decided to search within for the hidden memories. She instructed her subconscious mind to reveal any abduction information to her in the form of dreams, with the intent of documenting the information. Concurrent with this, she networked with others and conducted extensive research into the phenomenon of alien contact, applying her training as a respected scientist.
Beginning in 1988, she began recording her dreams and possible interpretation of each, all memories that surfaced, and the results of her investigations. As a result, she says that she's learned "the abduction scenario is real. Nonhuman entities have been interacting with us for thousands of years and they will continue to interact with us."
Starting in 1990, she began a two-way interaction with the Visitors and learned that they find humans to be a fascinating species which they enjoy observing. Smith maintains however, that the Visitors have gone beyond observing, into interbreeding with humans. She also comments that the U.S.
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UK-born Angela Thompson Smith became an American citizen in mid-life and now lives and works in Nevada. She is best known as a successful remote viewer who has written books and lectured widely on the subject. She is also a lifelong abductee, and her catalogue of personal experiences and deep reflections on this phenomenon are the subjects of this book.

`Diary of an abduction' (DoaA) is essentially a first-person narrative in diary format spanning the years 1986 to 1999. Intermingled with the abduction history is the author's life story in outline - and sometimes in detail - plus her reflections on people she met and spent time with over years of personal investigation: Walter Andrus, John and Victoria Alexander, Ted Bloecher, John Carpenter and Budd Hopkins to name only a few. Some are referred to only by letters such as `T' or `Dr. X' to maintain confidentiality about their IDs.

Many ideas about the phenomenon expounded here are deeply considered and interesting, and this is at core a serious work about a serious subject by an intelligent author. She worked in parapsychology for most of these years and was professionally involved with the experimental investigation of ESP etc. Her own recounted personal experiences are so numerous and complex that they are difficult to summarise. They included many `interfaces' - the author's chosen term for what most people would call `abductions' or `encounters' - with both alien and human abductors. The purely alien experiences she refers to as `Abduction 1' type and those with human abductors - which some refer to as `Mil-abs' - as `Abduction 2' type (many of these read like screen memories). The author carefully analyses major points of difference between the two related phenomena.
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"Offering the immediacy of freshly-lived experience, the precision of scientific reporting, and the high intrigue of top-notch mystery writing, Smith's real-life Diary of an Abduction is a riveting and provocative journey into the sky, into the soul, and beyond." That's what the back cover says. Sounds exciting. However, I found the book really boring. It meanders along, nothing much happens. I kept thinking, something's got to start happening soon, but around the halfway mark the realisation set in that absolutely nothing of interest was going to transpire.

Smith writes about going to see the movie Communion. She says it's "good low-key propaganda for the phenomenon and may act as a catalyst for abductees to 'come out of the closet.'" What does that mean?! Good low-key propaganda! And why "come out of the closet"? Does she consider that abductees are closet homosexuals?

The book was just daft at times. She "interfaces" with an alien simply known as "Wise One". She says she read Robert Monroe's Journeys Out of the Body and then "attempted to interface with the Wise One and asked about Monroe". At no point does she contemplate that the "Wise One" might just be a figment of her imagination.

She rambles on about something she read on the internet about the Bayan-Kara-Ula stone disk. Gordon Creighton exposed this as a myth in an issue of Flying Saucer Review, but she seems to think the story is true. She also ponders at one point as to why she was abducted and gives three reasons: 1- she's a woman; 2- she is of high intelligence; 3- she has a Celtic background and is of "sturdy farming stock".
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