UFO Conjectures

Monday, December 20, 2010

A Nick Redfern book you should plan to get,,,,

Nick Redfern's treatment of the Men in Black phenomenon will appear in May 2011.

This is a must-read and you can see a preview by clicking on this link:

The Men in Black


  • "This is seriously getting ridiculous. Honestly, what "paranormal" subject won't/hasn't this written on? A cynical person might say dude's got to feed his folks."
    Thats what my a friend of mine said.

    By Blogger Sleepless in Winnipeg, at Monday, December 20, 2010  

  • Sleepless:

    Feed my folks? As anyone who writes UFO books will tell you, the chance of earning any money from such books (paranormal topics, I mean), beyond barely getting back what it cost to do the research, is slim in the extreme.

    Do I earn a living as a writer? Yes. Do I earn a living from writing books? No. My main income is derived from mainstream freelance journalism. I could never "feed my folks" on book money. So, why do I write them?

    Because I care passionately about Fortean subjects, and I feel that if I can share with people new cases, new data, and new ideas, then it's worth writing them.

    I don't mind admitting (because it will hopefully help put to rest comments like those of your friend) that I probably earn, on average barely $4K a year (collectively) from book-writing. And, of course, the idea that $4K could feed my folks for any length of time is ridiculous.

    And the costs of traveling to interview people, get photos, permissions, etc soon mount up.

    Am I complaining? No. If I was, I'd hardly keep writing books from which I just about recoup my outgoing expenses to write them!

    The only thing I complain about is when people want to make a claim or an assumption about me and why I do what I do, without first coming to me and actually asking me to clarify it, instead of speculating on the Net!! It's not that difficult to find my email address and just ask me!

    Finally, your friend asked what paranormal subjects haven't I/wont I write on?

    There's plenty (because I have no interest in them), such as ghosts, pyramids, Bermuda Triangle, crystal skulls, channeling, the list actually goes on and on.

    The fact is that aside from one book on Hollywood (Celebrity Secrets), ALL my books have either been on UFO-related or cryptozoology-related topics. So, despite your friends words, I've only written books on 2 paranormal topics - unknown animals, and aspects of Ufology.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Tuesday, December 21, 2010  

  • Nick:

    I sympathise with you. I have never written a book, but can imagine that nowadays it is very doubtful if an author can make money from paranormal books. Certainly it was easy in the early UFO days, provided you pitched your ideas to catch the public mood and, most importantly, timed them well.

    But times have changed. Even paranormal magazines are risky. The internet is mainly responsible for this. But there will come a day, maybe already, when there is such a proliferation of websites, blogs, etc. that even they will crack up and vanish.

    It must be a frustrating time for authors. Unless they strike at the right time and when their chosen subject is 'hot' they will get rejections every time they go to a publisher.

    In a way this guy Julian Assange is doing authors a disservice with all his 'leaks'. Many people love to hear what he reveals, but it must deter those budding authors who may have hoped to 'reveal' all these political secrets and blunders in book form.

    He has promised a few UFO 'leaks' but I will believe this when I see them. I suspect they won't be genuine leaks to us guys, merely stale titbits for the masses. The same goes for leaks on other paranormal topics. But you may disagree.

    By Blogger cda, at Tuesday, December 21, 2010  

  • CDA:

    I agree that times have changed a lot in the paranormal book world, although I'm not sure that (a few books aside, like Communion, the Gulf Breeze book) it's ever been a particularly profitable area.

    I don't find it frustrating personally, as I know what it's like and I know exactly what I'm prepared for. And that's why the book writing is, for me, a side-thing and not my income. I simply could not survive on book earnings at all.

    But I have seen people get quite disillusioned thinking that they are going to earn tens of thousands etc etc from writing a UFO book, only for them to get about $500 in royalties at the end of the year.

    Someone in that very position once asked me what they were doing wrong. I pointed out that they weren't doing anything wrong, just that this is how things are in the paranormal book world: don't think for even one minute it's going to get you a Ferrari and a house in the Hollywood Hills! LOL.

    It comes back to what I have said - if you write books to get new data, info, and ideas etc to people, and aren't reliant on it for a job, then that's fine.

    As foe wiki-leaks, if anything UFO related does surface, I predict it will probably be raw intel data of the type that has surfaced so many times via FOIA.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Tuesday, December 21, 2010  

  • I noticed the sub-title of your book is "Evidence, Famous Cases, and True Stories of These Mysterious Men and Their Connection to the UFO Phenomena."

    Shouldn't that have been "...the UFO Phenomenon," instead, grammatically speaking? 8^}

    By Blogger steve sawyer, at Tuesday, December 21, 2010  

  • Steve:

    Well...I'm not sure! After all, the UFO issue covers many areas (sightings, abductions, contactee cases, lights in the sky, vehicle interference cases, radar reports etc etc).

    And, there's no evidence that these areas are inter-connected and can be listed under one banner, or as one phenomenon.

    It's our interpretation that if some people are abducted, and other people see a UFO in the sky, and someone else tracks something on radar, that it's all part of the same phenomenon.

    It may not be, so I'll say I'm right! LOL.

    Actually, one little known fact: in all the books I've written, I think a good 90 percent of the titles and subtitles came from the publisher, not me.

    I wanted to call the MIB book "Don't Answer the Door!"

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Tuesday, December 21, 2010  

  • Nick:
    Your title rocks! Should have been the title for sure.

    By Blogger Bob Koford, at Friday, December 24, 2010  

  • Nick, it does seem like we are getting closer to government admitting that ETs are among us.
    Reading your comments/posts, I saw something along the lines of cryptozoology. In that case, you must have some opinion on what form these ETs would probably take.
    What's your take on that?

    By Blogger Jake, at Sunday, January 02, 2011  

  • Jake:

    It's difficult to say for certain what form an alien life might take, but I think if they are technologically adept, then that would mean an ability to build things, which would mean hands, fingers (or similar), legs to get around on, etc, so my suspicion is that nature probably has some in-built thing that allows for the most advanced species to look somewhat similar - head, arms, legs etc.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Tuesday, January 04, 2011  

  • How are ou adding to what Jacques Vallee and John Keel did first and better?

    By Blogger VFM081, at Friday, January 07, 2011  

  • VFM081:

    You talk about "adding" and "better."

    I don't believe I am doing anything better than Keel or Vallee. It's pretty much impossible for anyone to reach the legendary status - and groundbreaking theories - of those guys. All I can do is offer my views re what's afoot with the MIB, and support those views with new and expanded theories.

    As for what I'm adding to the study of the MIB, there's a bunch of new theories, previously unknown cases, ideas, testimony, official documentation and more that offers several new theories for the MIB which people may find intriguing.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Friday, January 07, 2011  

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