Best UFO Books: For Newbs To Veteran Ufologists
If you’re a fan of The UFO Rabbit Hole Podcast — or just a fan of UFOs and high strangeness, in general — there are a ton of amazing books out there by journalists, ufologists, and other researchers to help you dive deeper into the subject. Here are some of the best UFO books for newbies and veterans alike.
UFO Books By Jacques Vallée
As one of the world’s foremost experts on ufology, Jacques Vallée deserves a category all on his own. His thoughtful, academic approach sets him apart from many of his contemporaries — and the conclusions that he draws about the true nature of the UFO phenomenon are uniquely profound. If you want the best UFO books that stick to the evidence and don’t jump to wild conclusions, Vallée is your guy.
By Jacques Vallée
This is easily one of the important works in all of ufology. It became an instant classic when it was released in 1969, and it continues to stand the test of time. Vallée explores the UFO phenomenon through the lens of folklore and remembered history to develop a unique perspective on this mystery.
The Invisible College: What A Group Of Scientists Has Discovered About UFO Influence On The Human Race
By Jacques Vallée
In another knock-out work, Vallée explores the secret “college” of scientists studying ufology and sheds light on the evidence for the psychical nature of the phenomenon. His conclusions are as profound as they are revolutionary.
By Jacques Vallée
In this first installment in a trilogy, Vallée examines the historical record to find answers about the modern perception of the UFO phenomenon and the belief in alien contact. He examines the data from UFO reports around the world, including the emotional, spiritual — and, yes, psychic — aspects of contact experiences. Vallée looks at the prevailing veil of secrecy around this subject within our government, showing how it has inhibited the proper research of this topic to this day. And, as is a central theme throughout his work, he makes the case that the extraterrestrial theory simply isn’t strange enough to account for the facts.
By Jacques Vallée
In this second installment in the trilogy, Vallée investigate 40 of the most jaw-dropping UFO cases from around the world. He shares his astonishment and frustration that this topic has been overlooked by the scientific community, and he makes the case for why this bizarre phenomenon deserves to finally be taken seriously — and researched accordingly.
By Jacques Vallée
In his stunning and ambitious conclusion to this groundbreaking trilogy, Vallée presents evidence of media manipulation and elaborate hoaxes have misled ufologists and clouded the true nature of the phenomenon. His perspective on the dark side of ufology has profound implications for the field — and for humanity at large. The three books in this trilogy represent some of the very best UFO books that have ever been written.
Best UFO Books By Tom DeLonge
Tom DeLonge — the author? That’s actually the least crazy part of this story. Given Tom’s unparalleled access to some of the top minds in the UFO space and within the U.S. intelligence apparatus, these following books are all must-read for anyone looking to get serious about this topic. Whether or not you believe him is another story — and there’s always someone to debate you about it on Twitter.
By Tom DeLonge & A.J. Hartley
The two Sekret Machines books that are on this are the only two fiction books to make the list. This is because, although it is presented as fiction, DeLonge and his co-author go to great lengths to make it clear that this fictional account is based on very real events. While these sorts of claims would usually be easy to dismiss, DeLonge’s connection to some of the top names in ufology — as well as his high-level contacts within the government and military — make this a notable and important work. If you ask 10 different people in the UFO community what they think of these novels, you’ll get 10 different answers, which makes it worth reading in and of itself. And luckily, the fast-paced and entertaining narrative make this a fun read.
By Tom DeLonge & A.J. Hartley
In his second fiction book, co-written by A.J. Harley, DeLonge takes on some of the more mysterious aspects of the phenomenon. While the first book was all about the “machines”, the second is all about the implications of this technology and what it could mean for humanity. Also, there are fairies involved. Do with that what you will.
By Tom DeLonge & Peter Levenda
Not content to simply publish fiction, Tom DeLonge also tried his hand at non-fiction. This first volume in what will be a trilogy, Gods examines the cultures and traditions of the ancient past, asking if these stories of divine revelation could have a connection to the UFO phenomenon. With a foreward by Jacques Vallée himself, this is one of the best UFO books for anyone trying to wrap their heads around some of the latest thinking in ufology.
By Tom DeLonge & Peter Levenda
In the second book in this trilogy, DeLonge dives into some of the deeper questions about the connections between the UFO phenomenon and our origins as a species. Examining everything from genetics, to consciousness, to human-machine symbiosis, this dramatic work is one of the best UFO books for people looking to dig deeper into this mystery.
Best UFO Books By Investigative Journalists
Award-winning investigative journalist Ross Coulthart’s first book on the UFO phenomenon is remarkable, both for it’s content and for garnering the attention of the mainstream media. Coulthart’s meticulously researched book explores the history of the UFO phenomenon and boldly asks if evidence of the greatest secret in human history has been right in front of us all along.
Best Books About Skinwalker Ranch
By Colm A. Kelleher Ph.D. & George Knapp
There are lots of books on Skinwalker Ranch out there. But for most ufologists this is the definitive work on the subject. Beyond just being a hotbed for UFO activity, this remote ranch in Utah is known for all kinds of high strangeness including cattle mutilations, poltergeist activity, and the appearance of terrifying wolf-like creature. Skinwalker Ranch is remarkable for being almost continually studied for the past few decades, including a years-long presence by the U.S. government. This is one of the best UFO books for understanding the undeniable connection between UFOs and other paranormal activity — and the perplexing mystery that still surrounds both.
By James T Lacatski D.Eng., Colm A Kelleher Ph.D., & George Knapp
In this much-anticipated follow up to Hunt For The Skinwalker, Knapp et. all dive further into the mysteries of the first book. Specifically, they discuss instances of the phenomenon “attaching” itself to visitors on the ranch, often following them home. Oh, and there’s a throwaway line that set the UFO community on fire about how Lue Elizondo was a psychic spy — so that’s fun.
Best UFO Books
By Mark Pilkington
In this book, Pilkington examines the long history of the UFO phenomenon, putting it in the context of the shadowy espionage of the time. Through his interviews with intelligence officer, disinformation agents, and UFO hunters, he begins to suspect that the government hasn’t been covering up UFO reports at all, but actually encouraging them. Whether you’re a believer or a skeptic, this book will challenge what you think you know about the phenomenon.
UFO News: Weekly Roundup 10.30.21
New NASA Chief says that UFOs could be “alien technology from a parallel universe” as a rash of UFO sightings continues across the country. Read these stories and more in our weekly roundup with the best of UFO news and #UFOTwitter.
UFOs continue to be seen in the skies across the country. Check out the latest sightings and UFO news below.
Spike in UFO Sightings Across the Nation | Military.com
They Are Not Alone: U.F.O. Reports Surged in the Pandemic | The New York Times
Video Captures Pulsating UFO Dropping Out Of The Sky | New York Post
UFO Over Northeast Ohio? See The Video | Fox 8 News, Cleveland
Dying Satellite, Not U.F.O. Or Meteor, Likely Caused Midwest Fireball | The New York Times
The slow march of disclosure continued this week as NASA Chief, Bill Nelson, speaks candidly about the possibilities of the UFO phenomenon.
Notable Tweets From #UFOTwitter
Hear clips from Lue Ellizondo’s recent podcast interviews, check out the F.B.I.’s tweet about unexplained cases involving UAPs, and hear more from NASA Chief, Bill Nelson in these weeks wrap up of the best of UFO Twitter.
Best UFO & Alien Documentaries To Binge
Once a topic of only taboo and ridicule, the subject of UFO phenomena and extraterrestrial encounters are suddenly slipping into the mainstream. An explosion of high-quality alien documentaries over the last several years and the immediacy of streaming on platforms like Prime Video have led more and more people to take interest in this subject, driving the conversation forward in the public arena.
Whether you’re a seasoned UFO enthusiast or you’re brand new to the topic, below you’ll find some of the best and most entertaining alien documentaries out there — and most of them are free to watch on Prime.
Now go apologize to your laundry and your dishes, because they are not getting done today. You have some weird shit to watch.
Best Eyewitness UFO Documentaries
Based on their best-selling book, Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare, and UFOs, Mark Pilkington and John Lundbery uncover a 60-year-old story that is stranger than any fiction — and more terrifying. According to this alien documentary, for decades, teams within the US Air Force and the US intelligence services have intentionally manipulated and warped beliefs about the nature of UFOs and visitations from extraterrestrial beings as part of their counter-intelligence programs. But what are they hiding?
This Roswell documentary focuses on a controversial figure of Bob Lazar, the former government physicist and Roswell whistle-blower. In 1989, Lazar went public with his account of having worked on reverse-engineering alien spacecraft for the U.S. military at a top secret Air Force test facility in the Nevada desert.
After making these shocking claims, Lazar went silent for three decades, withdrawing from the public eye and living quietly in Michigan. That is until filmmaker Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell tracked him down and convinced him to rehash his claims and discuss his role in the mystery surrounding Area 51.
Best UFO Documentaries By James Fox
Out Of The Blue (2003)
Ahead of its time, Out of The Blue is widely considered to be one of the best documentaries ever made about the UFO phenomenon. This feature-length documentary originally premiered on television on the SciFi channel. Through interviews with experts in the scientific community, high-ranking military and government officials, and eye witnesses this film explores the idea that not only do UFOs exist and are of possible alien origin, but that the secrecy and ridicule around the subject are an intentional plot to shroud it from attention.
Award-winning director, James Fox returns with his second documentary where he brings together testimony from an impressive and wide-range of experts and witnesses including military and commercial pilots, astronauts, and government officials. These interviews are with some of the most credible UFO witnesses around the world, and further details the ongoing investigation in the UFO phenomenon.
The Phenomenon is a documentary by ufologist James Fox. It is his third film on the subject, after I Know What I Saw (2009) and Out of the Blue (2003). The film is masterfully narrated by veteran PBS narrator Peter Coyote. It is remarkable for being one of the first UFO documentaries to get real attention from the mainstream media, due largely to its all-star cast.
This astonishing film features interviews with former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta, former Deputy Undersecretary for Defense Intelligence, Christopher Mellon, acclaimed unfologist Jacques Vallee, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, the man who coined the phrase ‘flying saucer” Kenneth Arnold, journalist Leslie Kean, and many more.
Like any great UFO documentary, this film dives into famous UFO incidents and features footage and archival interviews exploring everything from the Roswell Incident, the Ariel School incident, the Lonnie Zamora incident, and the Rendlesham Forest incident.
Best Alien Documentaries By Dr. Steven Greer
This ground-breaking alien documentary, directed by Amardeep Kaleka is based on the 2006 book by ufologist and Disclosure Project founder, Dr. Steven M. Greer, Hidden Truth, Hidden Knowledge. The film is narrated by Thomas Jane, and it follows Greer’s beliefs about hidden government secrets and his efforts to reveal what he claims is information about top secret energy projects and propulsion technologies.
This film, which was funded with a Kickstarter campaign,features interviews with former military and government officials. Notably, it also seeks to reveal the truth behind the anomalous 6-inch (15 cm) skeleton known as Ata that was found in the Atacama desert in northern Chile in 2003 through DNA analysis. Will what they find change the way we think about the human race?
In his follow-up to his 2014 film, Sirius, Disclosure Project founder Dr. Steven M. Greer offers evidence of extraterrestrial contact, including top-secret testimonials, documents and never-before-seen UFO footage.
Notably, this UFO documentary was crowdfunded by supporters of Greer and the disclosure movement. It was directed by Michael Mazzola and narrated by Giancarlo Esposito. After debuting on iTunes and digital platforms on May 9, ‘Unacknowledged’ became the number one documentary on those platforms.
In his third documentary, Dr. Steven Greer focuses on his belief that, not only is the government hiding information about extraterrestrial contact, but that there has been a organized campaign to paint these advanced beings as hostile and dangerous. Greer lays out his view of a benevolent presence that wants to connect with humanity, and — most shockingly — lays out his protocols for initiating contact with these beings called CE5.
Best Alien Documentaries For When You’re Feeling Truly Adventurous
These documentaries are not entry-level fare and they are not for the faint of heart. Curmudgeonly skeptics and everyone who hates fun should avoid these at all costs. However, if you’re in the mood to stretch your brain and have a weird time, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for below.
I’m going to be honest and break the fourth wall for a minute here and tell you that this is probably my favorite alien documentary of all time. First of all, Linda Moulton Howe of Earth Files is a badass, a trail-blazer, and the ultimate OG of paranormal journalism — and I love her and her earrings. Also, the story that she lays out here is just absolutely the most bonkers thing that I’ve ever heard in my life and I hope that every last word of it is true.
Linda interviews eyewitness whistleblowers known as Spartan 1 (a Navy Seal) and Spartan 2 (a Marine) whose astonishing claims include everything from the existence of mysterious glowing halls covered in unknown writing beneath the ice in Antarctica to mysterious glyphs on the Moon and Mars. Seriously, just watch it.
All of the best alien theories involve Antarctica, and this one is no different. It’s one of the craziest stories you’ve never heard from US history and it has all the greatest hits — alien technology, Nazi’s, secret bases, and government coverups. Good times.
Best UFO & Alien Documentary Series
Sometimes a feature-length documentary just isn’t enough. And in those times, we’re grateful to have so many amazing documentary shows about UFOs and aliens to turn to. Most of the following shows have multiple seasons to satisfy even your most ambitious streaming binge. Don’t forget to grab some snacks!
If there is any series on this list that is absolutely a “must watch” it’s this one. This groundbreaking series follows Tom Delonge, Lou Elizondo, Chris Mellon, and more as they investigate the UFO phenomenon. Filmed shortly after the formation of the To The Stars Academy, this documentary is an eye-opening and at times shocking look behind the scenes of the disclosure movement from the people right at the center of it.
Featuring never-before-seen interviews and footage from UAP witnesses including military and commercial pilots and top government officials, this astounding series will change everything you think you know about UFOs.
If you’ve checked out Dr. Steven Greer’s other documentaries, then this series will tread a lot of familiar territory, including more in-depth conversations about his controversial CE5 protocols for contacting extraterrestrial entities. This series ended up drawing the ire of many in the UFO community for taking aim at Lue Elizondo and others in the recent disclosure movement that was centered around the To The Stars Academy. It’s Greer’s belief that this represents a fake disclosure likely leading to a staged alien invasion in order to advance government control.
Seriously, God bless Ancient Aliens. This prolific show has provided years of entertainment and has done the great service of introducing ancient alien theory to a more mainstream audience. Although the show definitely embraced the kitsch aspect early on, as the disclosure movement has gained steam, it’s started to take itself more seriously and in recent seasons has delivered not just entertainment, but some seriously quality television.
Featuring Ufology mainstays like Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, David Childress, and Linda Moulton Howe, this show is just as much to watch as its ever been.
OK, so you know how Ancient Aliens will say some pretty crazy stuff, but they hedge their claims by saying something like “according to ancient alien theorists, the answer is a resounding ‘yes’”? OK well Ancient Civilizations doesn’t do that at all. They just fully embrace the crazy and go as deep down the ufo rabbit hole as they can in each episode. It’s a great time, but you have to be in the right frame of mind to surf all the jarring non-sequiturs and baseless claims.
Deep Space has a very similar vibe and approach as Ancient Civilizations, but instead of focusing on alien contact in the distant past, this alien documentary series focuses on the alleged hidden history of the United States’s secret space program. It’s a little all over the place and some of the claims are just simply too out there to take seriously without even shred of proof, but if you want to explore some of the more challenging theories, this is a fun place to hang out for an afternoon.