Humor UFOs Real Aliens, Space Beings, and Creatures from Other Worlds Share PINTEREST Email Print Humor Political Humor Web Humor Weird News Paranormal & Ghosts Urban Legends UFOs By Stephen Wagner Updated December 03, 2017 The subject of UFOs and aliens is not generally covered in this section of About.com (see UFOs/Aliens), but the breadth and depth as well as the downright far-out strangeness of the information in Brad and Sherry Steiger's book Real Aliens, Space Beings, and Creatures from Other Worlds brings the subject solidly into the realm of the paranormal. WEIRD AND WEIRDER STILL For those who think the UFO phenomenon consists only of flying saucers, little gray beings, Roswell, and the occasional abduction, you have no idea how utterly strange and far-reaching it really is. And the Steigers' book will educate you in short order with case after case of bizarre encounters and high strangeness. Yes, there are the traditional flying saucer reports and "the grays," to be sure, but the cases that intrigue me the most are the ones that don't come out of the conventional mold: In 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama, a woman with car trouble stops on the side of the road where she encounters a four-foot-tall being that seems more robot than flesh and blood. She later finds that her car's engine has practically been melted.March, 1967 near Butler, Pennsylvania, a father and daughter witness globes of light descend from the sky and transform right before their eyes into blond-haired expressionless humanoids.March, 2010 in Santiago, Chile, a bus-load of passengers see a glowing UFO emerge from the sea, and then a luminous being of some kind surrounded by flashes of light walks toward the highway.October, 1973 on the Pascagoula River in Mississippi, two fishermen see a fish-shaped UFO and then are abducted by three aliens with wrinkled skin, crab-like claws and pointed ears. This is only a small sampling of the dozens upon dozens of encounters the Steigers have assembled. Then there are UFO cases that have a Bigfoot connection, the claims of human-alien hybrids, the strange alien messages and warnings, alien sex, and the mystical experiences claimed by contactees. WHAT IS GOING ON? I don't think anyone can come away from reading this book with the simple idea that aliens from another planet are visiting Earth. There is something deeper and more mysterious going on. The people who have these encounters, are they all crazy? Hallucinating? To account for the sheer number and variety of aliens and craft reported over the decades, the Earth would have to be visited by dozens of races from dozens of planets outside our solar system. Is this likely? What are these creatures and where do they really come from? Other dimensions? Our own imaginations and subconscious? How can we possibly account for all of this impossible strangeness? Real Aliens, Space Beings, and Creatures from Other Worlds forces you to consider all of these questions for which there are no cut-and-dried, easy answers. I suspect that the answers and explanations are, for the present, beyond our understanding. In addition to all of these queer aliens and craft, this planet is also beset with the ghost phenomenon, poltergeist activity, astonishing psychic connections and synchronicities -- all of which take place every day! We have no choice but to conclude that the universe truly is stranger than we can imagine and that science has so far brought us knowledge of only the thinnest surface of our true reality. We don't really have a clue, I'm afraid, of the true nature of life, reality and our existence. We're not smart enough, nor do we yet have the tools to perceive what lies beneath the veneer of our daily lives. AN IMPORTANT BOOK For anyone who has even the slightest interest in UFOs, the paranormal, or the unexplained, Real Aliens, Space Beings, and Creatures from Other Worlds should be a welcome addition to their bookshelves. Yes, it's a fun and exciting read, but it's also important. To my mind, books like this (and others such as The Mothman Prophecies, The Holographic Universe, Hanz Holzer's ghost books, and other Steiger books) should be read right along side of the latest science books on astronomy, psychology and quantum physics. The science books, as important as they are, only give you half of the story. Books on the paranormal provide a view of the other side of the human experience that cannot necessarily be brought into the lab for analysis -- but are just as "real." They happen. All the time. And whether they are physical, psychological, interdimensional, or something else in nature, they cannot and should not be ignored. Instead, as the Steigers do in this book, they should be reported, explored, and examined -- objectively -- to the fullest extent possible. How else are we going to get to the bottom of it all?