Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind
by Nick Redfern
New Page Books, 2014
Books about aliens and UFOs and government conspiracies always make for entertaining reads, and Nick Redfern’s Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind is no different. Whether you count yourself among the believers of intelligent life on other planets or not, Redfern tells such detailed stories about “suspicious deaths, mysterious murders, and bizarre disappearances” that will make you raise your eyebrows. The focus of this book is not so much on the UFOs and the lifeforms that pilot them, but the fate of those who tried to reveal their existence to the public.
An entire chapter is devoted to John F. Kennedy and his untimely assassination. Redfern also briefly discusses in another chapter the theory that UFOs are not extraterrestrial at all, but rather that “the flying saucer enigma is definitely demonic in origin and nature.” There is, of course, no conclusion drawn by the end of the book; none of the conspiracies are solved and no skeptics will be convinced to change their minds, but there is plenty to fuel the paranoia of extraterrestrial advocates. Redfern wraps up Close Encounters of the Fatal Kind with a warning to those who investigate the existence of unidentified flying objects to “tread very carefully, lest you tread no more.”
According to a Lucasfilm rep, it was all a big joke, just like George’s daughter Katie said. But (and it’s a big but, just like Sir Mix-A-Lot likes)…
“…he is an adamant believer that the world is flat, that Stonehenge was built by aliens, and that the sun revolves around the Earth. These are among the many subjects he commonly discusses at length with Elvis, who he’s going to digitally insert into Indy 5 along with a roster of famous dead actors.”
That is per an e-mail that Lynne Hale, Lucasfilm rep, purportedly sent to Wired.com.
Elvis Presley hanging out with Indiana Jones? Hmmm…