PRAISE


“It would be a tragic mistake to assume Silver Screen Saucers is a book about UFO movies. It isn’t. It is a hard-edged, well documented, and thoroughly entertaining look at the evolution of the UFO mystery, as seen through the prism of UFO and alien films. What UFOlogy needs more than anything else is a fresh pair of eyes, a new way of looking at this enduring enigma. That is exactly what Robbie Graham brings to the table. This is an important book.”

—George Knapp, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Investigative Reporter, KLAS TV

“At last we have a full history and critical analysis of the multiple ways that the UFO phenomenon has influenced, and been influenced by, its representations in film and television. Skilled in the methods of film criticism and media studies, Robbie Graham sets a new standard and gives us a new guide with Silver Screen Saucers.”

—Jeffrey J. Kripal, J. Newton Rayzor Chair of Philosophy and Religion, Rice University, Texas, author of Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics and the Paranormal

“Graham’s exploration of the relationship between UFOs and movies is encyclopedic, profoundly revealing, and a dramatic, riveting account of military and intelligence professionals, filmmakers, UFOlogists and ordinary people who experienced extraordinary things. His discussion is fair, judicious, and eminently sane. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in UFOs, the influence of films, and the often-hidden powers that manipulate the mind of society so effectively.”

—Richard Thieme, author of Mind Games, contributor to UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry

Silver Screen Saucers is virtually a masterpiece… It is simultaneously a history of UFO films and TV series, an examination of their origins, their influence on UFOlogy, UFOlogy’s influence on them, the government’s influence on both and the influence of both on the government, and a profound musing on the subject of UFOs and extraterrestrial life. No one can accuse Graham of not doing the legwork—the years of research that went into Silver Screen Saucers are evident on almost every page. From records of government involvement in films and TV programs to interviews with professionals who worked on some of the most crucial entertainment products in the UFO/alien genre, through interviews with contactees to a vast array of sources on film history and criticism, this is a compilation of information like no other. Even seasoned experts in the field will be able to learn something from Silver Screen Saucers because it is clearly rooted in an unusually broad and multi-disciplinary approach…”

—Tom Secker, editor, SPYCULTURE.COM

“Robbie Graham is on the cutting edge of thought on the UFO phenomenon. In this innovative history of representations of UFOs and extraterrestrials in movies and television, Graham keeps us fully grounded in the recognition that Hollywood’s spectacular productions are inspired by real events reported by real people. Silver Screen Saucers is an exciting contribution to the cultural history of UFOs and is a must-read for anyone interested in the subject.”

—Diana Walsh Pasulka, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Author of American Cosmic: UFOs, Technology, Belief

“Robbie Graham’s scholarship informs the dialogue between actual UFOlogical experience and its depiction in film and popular culture. That half-perceived, half-created relationship drives a significant part of the consumable entertainment market. Silver Screen Saucers is an important book for students of film and flying saucers alike.”

—Kenn Thomas, Steamshovel Press

Silver Screen Saucers is a unique and comprehensive look at the convergence of UFOlogical phenomena and the industries of film and television that exploit them. Graham brings an objective approach to the complex and often contradictory ways that history, art, and culture co-inform. In so doing he has created an invaluable resource for those captivated by the intersections of Hollywood, governance, conspiracy, and mass media. How can the collected history of UFO sightings persist so far outside of the realm of popular belief? This text applies a level of legitimacy, nuance, and research to this question that is sorely needed and is thus an absolute must for those interested in ufology and media, fans and scholars alike.”

—Kate and Aaron Donaldson Ph.D., Hosts – The Alien Movie Project alienmovieproject.com

“This is the best book I have ever read about UFOs. It’s also one of the best I’ve ever read about Hollywood and the influence of entertainment media. Robbie Graham is outstanding as one of a small group of credible voices in the field of UFOlogy and this innovative and enjoyable book is a powerful summation of the incredible things he has discovered.”

—Matthew Alford, Ph.D., author of Reel Power: Hollywood Cinema and American Supremacy

“[An] ambitious project… Graham covers a lot of territory in the evolution of popular perception [of UFOs]… Silver Screen Saucers is immensely entertaining.”

—Billy Cox, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Graham is well qualified in film and TV and well informed on the UFO literature… [His book] spotlights the interplay between UFO phenomena and their depiction in Hollywood films, documentaries and TV series… A wide variety of UFO-and-ET-related films are covered, and Graham analyses the gamut of themes… There’s something for you whether you’re a UFOlogist or a film buff.”

Nexus Magazine

“A thought-provoking and valuable look at a largely neglected subject within UFOlogy… Intelligent [and] rigorous… Silver Screen Saucers is a must read for anyone with a serious interest in the ongoing UFO mystery.”

—Louis Proud, Mysterious Universe

“In Silver Screen Saucers, Robbie Graham presents the reader with a remarkable work of both research and philosophy, examining Hollywood’s fascination with UFOs and aliens with a powerful clarity. I love this book—highly recommended!”

—Mike Clelland, author of The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity and the UFO Abductee

“Graham takes us on a captivating journey through the vaults of UFO and alien films. He shows that movies can and do shape our reality, but he also reveals an underlying truth behind Hollywood’s UFO entertainment products. Fact truly is stranger than fiction.”

—Ben Hansen, Lead Investigator and Host of Syfy’s Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files

“I’ve waited all my adult life to read this book presented in this manner, and, finally, here it is… the most comprehensive and detailed thesis on the symbiotic connection between Hollywood and aliens… brilliant and definitive.”

—From the Foreword by Bryce Zabel, Co-Creator of NBC’s Dark Skies, former Chairman of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences