Welcome to the November 2005 round up of news and views on UFOs, alien abductions, crop circles, ghosts, the paranormal, the unexplained, the weird and the wonderful.
Italian UFO Conference
I have recently returned from Italy where I spoke at a UFO conference held at the University of Calabria. Organised by highly respected Italian ufologist Roberto Pinotti, the conference was an interesting mix of SETI, ufology and exopolitics. Accordingly, speakers ranged from Alexander Zaitsev and Claudio Maccone through to Monsignor Corrado Balducci and Michael Salla. For me, it was a nice opportunity to catch up with old friends such as Budd Hopkins and Roger Leir, among others.
Threshold is an exciting new sci-fi show that is getting a lot of people talking. The lead character is a worst-case scenario planner, paid to think the unthinkable. When an unidentified object enters the atmosphere and encounters a trawler, she puts together a mixed team of experts and investigates. With the crew either dead or missing, and with strange events occurring on the mainland, time is running out. Watch out for more about this exciting new series, already running on CBS in America, and airing on Sky One in the UK, from November.
The Real 4400
The 4400 is another UFO-related sci-fi series still running and still attracting a lot of interest and comment, with its story of 4400 abductees who are returned to Earth with strange powers. The Real 4400 is a documentary I was involved in, focusing on the alien abduction mystery. It aired on Sky One on October 19, but is being repeated. The 4400 itself continues to run on the USA network in America and on Sky One in the UK.
The Science of Aliens
A new exhibition called The Science of Aliens has recently opened at the Science Museum. The exhibition covers a wide range of areas, including SETI and speculation as the what alien life might be like, but includes some material about UFOs and alien abductions. Check out http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/aliens/ for details of the exhibition. I took part in a debate organised as part of this event and am doing some other work to help promote the exhibition. This is a welcome opportunity to
Nick Pope Interview Online
I gave one of the most extensive and wide-ranging interviews I have given in recent years on the Ministry of Defence UFO Project to Astraea Magazine & Web Radio. This forms part of a growing archive of interviews on a wide range of paranormal, mysterious and esoteric subjects, ranging from UFOs and Freemasonry through to Jack the Ripper. Check out http://www.astraeamagazine.com/radio.php for details of the interviews and http://www.astraeamagazine.com/ for details of the magazine.
Laughlin UFO Conference
The 15th Annual International UFO Congress will be held in Laughlin, Nevada, from February 26 - March 4, 2006. This really is the biggest UFO conference in the world, and speakers include Jim Marrs, Dolores Cannon, William Hamilton, Donald Ware and many more besides. Check out www.ufocongress.com for the details.
UFO Conference in Hawaii
One of the most beautiful and exotic locations in the world will play host to a UFO conference next year. Organised by Michael Salla, the event will focus on exopolitics and will feature speakers such as Alfred Webre, Paola Harris and Salla himself. The conference lasts from June 9 - 11, 2006. Check out www.exopoliticsinstitute.org for the details.
Nick Pope has written four books. Open Skies, Closed Minds is an overview of the UFO phenomenon with the emphasis on his official Ministry of Defence research and investigation. The Uninvited is an overview of the alien abduction mystery. Operation Thunder Child and Operation Lightning Strike are science fiction novels about alien invasion, incorporating UFO and abduction data. All four titles are available from most good bookshops and all the usual Internet book sites.
Nick Pope has a website, which can be accessed at www.nickpope.net