In 2009 Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck gave us Wonders in the Sky, a chronological collection of 500 anomalous aerial events from antiquity until 1879. The purpose of this book was to introduce readers to the breadth of UFO-like accounts contained in historical documents through the ages. In this present book, Aubeck joins with Martin Shough to explore a selection of these reports in depth, undertaking cold-case investigations in an attempt to discover the causes behind each of these unusual observations.
One strength of Wonders in the Sky lay in the authenticity of its sources. The cases came not from the UFO literature, where incomplete, distorted, and sometimes fabricated accounts have circulated for years, to be told, borrowed, and retold over and over even after creditable research discredited them. Rather, the authors of Wonders drew their materials direct from the ancient and medieval chronicles, the Reformation-era broadsides and prodigy collections, the scientific journals and newspaper pages where the reports first appeared. These items from original sources provide the firmest possible foundation for the study of historical anomalies, and Return to Magonia builds on this base.
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