Angels and Aliens by Keith Thompson
UFO's and the Mythic Imagination

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This part social history, part interpretive essay is a fascinating exploration that places the UFO firmly within the mythic tradition of Joseph Campbell and Robert Bly. As it blends the richly intellectual with the unavoidably sensational, Angels and Aliens gives a uniquely contemporary twist to the world of visionary experience.

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Keith Thompson was born in England but grew up in Canada. He works as an artist specializing in fantasy art and illustration. He has illustrated 2 books with young adult author Scott Westerfeld, Behemoth and Leviathan.
Published November 1, 1991 by Addison-Wesley. 320 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The argument zips along--this is great fun to read--but suffers from forced parallels (for instance, between UFOs and angels, an equation that glosses over the tawdriness of the former, the numinous nature of the latter) and awkward mythological explanations (UFOs as Proteus incarnate).

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