Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind is a collection of magazine articles and lectures by the man many consider to be not only the 20th century’s premiere investigator of all things unusual and “Fortean,” but also our very own 20th-century “Mark Twain”: John A. Keel. Many of the articles in this anthology and its companion volumes, "The Outer Limits of the Twilight Zone" and "Searching for the String," were revolutionary, and explored ideas popularized in Keel’s classic books. Written in Keel’s engaging trademark style, they are sure to delight fans with their fresh, unparalleled insights into the nature of reality.
John Keel displays the keen observational skills and investigative tenacity that made him the enfant terrible of ufology for decades. In this no-holds-barred analysis - much of it written almost 50 years ago - Keel shreds most of the sacred-cow beliefs still held by many in ufological and “cryptozoological” circles today, and presents theories so radical that they are only now becoming accepted: the “4-D” or “interdimensional” thesis; the “breakaway civilization” theory; the possible role of “ancient aliens” in human history; the synthetic and/or hallucinatory nature of many “alien abduction” and “Men in Black” encounters; the role of spy agencies in paranormal research; and the alarming connection between UFOs, animal mutilations, and attacks on unsuspecting humans.
In short, Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind is witty, incisive, impassioned, and prescient, and cohesively brings Keel’s message into focus in a way that perhaps no other collection has. In addition, this 2013 edition features illuminating forewords by noted writers Gray Barker and Tessa B. Dick (widow of science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick), as well as an introduction by the editor, Andy Colvin (author of "The Mothman's Photographer" trilogy and "Mothman Speaks").
©2013 Andrew B. Colvin (P)2014 Andrew B. Colvin
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5 out of 5 stars
By LJLC on 12-07-14

Not necessary to believe..............

What made the experience of listening to Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind the most enjoyable?

Well compliled, fun, thought provoking...........

What other book might you compare Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind to, and why?

The men who stare at Goats. Though this one (Flying Saucer), isnt actually comical.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Wanted to...... Couldn't.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jason Ilgenfritz on 23-04-15

Keel is a Genius - a must-have collection

Would you listen to Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind again? Why?

I already have, several times. Sometimes to share pieces with others.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Keel himself.

Which scene was your favorite?

This doesn't really apply.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Some things are hidden in plain sight .

Any additional comments?

Spot-on narration, crackling matter-of-fact prose. The value of subjective observation. Audible should endeavor to make available the entire body of Keel's work.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Diana on 26-04-14

Historical overview w/ rare details plus analysis

An excellent collection of writings about UFOs, contactees, governmental agencies, civilian research, and historical references to what are now called UFOs or ETs but may have been called other names in the past.

The narration was well done, and the various regional contactee accents were enjoyable, and not "over-the-top"

Many of UFO-related articles or books I've looked at, or lengthy interviews I had listened to usually focused on one incident or one type of strange event. Thus, I thought that all there was to cover was included in that article, book or interview. However, there were many details included in John Keel's writings that I had never heard before. His Men In Black information was much more detailed than what I had heard in lengthy interviews on MIB experiences. John Keel tied together commonalities in MIB experiences across time and regions. I really like the way he provides descriptions.

Some of John Keel's writings were selected from articles in magazines long out of print, yet managed to have more significant details than present day writings or interviews I've heard on the same topics in the past few years. I'm glad this collection has been preserved and made available.

What made this collection of John Keel's work interesting is the broad range of information that manages to include very unique and significant details, even to the point of discussing chemistry or metals at some points. The scientific approach John Keel used to gather information, and present it is refreshing. Part of the book discusses how research is done, both properly and improperly. Some good points there.

The history we have been taught at school and the information we get through the evening news has left out much of what is in this book, and that leaves too many people in the dark as to what is and has been going on. This is a good book for someone who wants an overview and at the same time likes to dip into some details and actual case studies.

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