Jacques Vallée

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Jacques Vallée the astronomer, computer scientist, venture capitalist, author and pioneer in ufology supported serious consideration of the real possibility of extraterrestrial visitation on Earth. Though he was an early proponent of the extraterrestrial hypothesis ("ETH") that granted this solution to the question of UFOs, later his great influence was to promote the intradimensional hypothesis that allows origins beyond the physical dimension for the visitors. Vallée advocates for a more scientific approach to the question; he proposes, based on the way reports through the centuries have described ships in terms that correspond to the technological development of the time--like sailing ships or dirigibles before the Twentieth Century--a long-term plan of deception and manipulation of (and by) humans for undetermined purposes.

His narrative[1] includes a sighting of a UFO as young man in France, shock and dismay at the power of belief in determining the ability to see and know as a young professional astronomer, a reddit AMA, serious consideration for Carl Jung's observations about parallels to the e.t.question with fairy types, advanced degrees in vital theoretical subjects with practical success and strong collaborations, as with J. Allen Hynek and Robert Bigelow.

Quotes by Jacques Vallée

"I believe there is a very real UFO problem. I have also come to believe that it is being manipulated for political ends. And the data suggest that the manipulators may be human beings with a plan for social control. Such plans have been made before, and have succeeded. History shows that having a cosmic mythology as part of such a plan is not always necessary. But it certainly helps.”[2]



Books in extraterrestrial studies

Anatomy of a Phenomenon: Unidentified Objects in Space – a Scientific Appraisal (1965)

Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma (1966)

Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers (1969)

The Invisible College: What a Group of Scientists Has Discovered About UFO Influences on the Human Race (1975.)

The Edge of Reality: A Progress Report on Unidentified Flying Objects (with Dr. J. Allen Hynek, 1975)

Messengers of Deception: UFO Contacts and Cults (1979)

Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact (1988)

Confrontations: A Scientist’s Search for Alien Contact (1990)

Revelations: Alien Contact and Human Deception (1991)

UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat (1992)

Forbidden Science, Volume One: Journals 1957-1969 — A Passion for Discovery (2007)

Forbidden Science, Volume Two: Journals 1970-1979 — California Hermetica (2009)

Forbidden Science, Volume Three: Journals 1980-1989 — On the Trail of Hidden Truths (2016)

Forbidden Science, Volume Four: Journals 1990-1999 — The Spring Hill Chronicles (2019)

Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times (with Chris Aubeck, 2010)


  1. as told, for instance, at Think Anomalous
  2. Messengers of Deception, p. 157