Most Bizarre Alien Abduction Stories Of All Time

It's impossible to check out what's new on Netflix without seeing a movie or TV show dealing with aliens — or at least co-starring your friendly neighborhood extraterrestrials. While we're been looking to the skies for a long time, it's only fairly recently that we've had the now-familiar narrative of kidnapping, probing, and releasing.

Actually, it's only since September 1961.

That's when the New Hampshire couple Betty and Barney Hill decided to go for a nice, relaxing drive to get away from the daily grind. When they got back home, though, their clothes were dirty and torn, and they seemed to have lost about two hours of time. With the help of a local psychiatrist, they recovered memories of being followed by a mysterious craft, then falling asleep and being taken on board. They were probed, long needles were inserted into their arms, legs, spine, heads, and Betty's stomach, then hair and skin samples were taken. That, says History, became so widely retold that it became the blueprint for other alien abduction stories.

But not all. Of all the alien abduction stories people have told, there are some that are just ... a little more creative. These people didn't have any run-of-the-mill experiences, and just what they did have is a little more difficult to describe. Let's give it a go.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov says aliens invented chess

Of all of the people to make a claim of alien abduction, on paper, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov seems like the least likely. Ilyumzhinov is a world-class chess player, former president of the World Chess Federation, a multimillionaire, and the former president of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia. At one point in time, Ilyumzhinov's name was even being floated around to head FIFA, because when you think "chess guy," soccer immediately comes to mind.

In a story eerily reminiscent of a scene from "Back to the Future," Ilyumzhinov claims that in 1997, aliens wearing yellow space suits came to the bedroom of his Moscow apartment and yanked him to a spaceship waiting in orbit. During Ilyumzhinov's time in space, reports The Huffington Post, the aliens supposedly took him to other planets and left Ilyumzhinov with the impression that chess was introduced to humans by aliens. And here we thought pro wrestling was the Earthling activity that most likely came from outer space.

Since returning to Earth, Ilyumzhinov voiced concerns that he might have told the extraterrestrials state secrets during his abduction. In Putin's Russia, that is kind of a big deal. But the most bizarre aspect of this story is not that these claims were made on television while Ilyumzhinov was president of Kalmykia — they were — but that these claims did not immediately end his political career.

Antônio Vilas-Boas and his alien love child

As reported by Live Science, Antônio Villas-Boas woke up on the morning of October 15, 1957, as an ordinary farmer and would go to sleep that night with a story that would make Captain Kirk envious. While working his farm at night, Villas-Boas looked to the sky and saw a blinding light floating in the sky above him. The light began moving across the field at incredible speeds. When that light stopped, Villas-Boas realized that he was looking at a UFO, and that UFO was now landing on his field. Allegedly, four spacesuit-wearing aliens then emerged from the craft and overpowered him. The alien bullies manhandled Villas-Boas into a small room on the craft and, at this point in the story, things start getting strange.

A humanoid female with platinum blonde hair apparently came into the room and made bedroom eyes at the confused farmer. Assessing the situation for what it was, Villas-Boas decided to boldly go — twice — where no man had gone before. Vilas-Boas believes the goal of his abduction was to create a new hybrid species, but that nuanced thought was most likely the farthest thing from his mind during his supposed rendezvous. Which would be understandable — even human couples forget they're making a baby when smack-dab in the middle of having fun making one.

Gustavo Gonzalez and Jose Ponce get into a fight

One of the more inspiring alien encounters ever happened to Gustavo Gonzalez and Jose Ponce on the streets of Petare, Venezuela. One night in 1954, while the pair was on a late-night drive, the road became blocked by what was later described as a glowing sphere. Gonzalez claims that three short and hairy aliens came out of the sphere and walked towards the duo, as written in "Aliens, Gods, and Human Civilizations." The exact details of what allegedly happened next have been lost to history, but it is hoped that the words "come at me bro" were spoken at least once.

The three knockoff Ewoks attempted to abduct the pair but, for some odd reason, the men did not want to be abducted by a group of furries. According to Gonzalez, one of the aliens jumped on his back, while he went full-on John McClane on the fuzzy alien and attempted to stab it several times with his trusty knife. The knife was, sadly, unable to cut what was described as the alien's steel-like skin. Gonzalez was then paralyzed "by a beam of light shot at him from a tube-like object," says "Little Book of the Paranormal." The aliens then retreated to their ship and promptly left the planet, according to Gonzalez.

So to recap: Three aliens, whose species had mastered the secrets of interstellar travel, were supposedly forced off an entire planet by two genuinely confused men, one of whom had a pocket knife. Welcome to Earth, boys!

Elizabeth Klarer, an interstellar love story

The abduction experience of South African Elizabeth Klarer is, without question, worthy of a Lifetime movie ... that accidentally got made by the SyFy Network.

Klarer lived a remarkable life prior to her alleged abduction. The woman studied music, meteorology, and aviation — plus, during World War II, she served with the Royal Air Force before doing a stint with British military intelligence. She was the kind of person that, when an alien asked to be taken to her leader, she'd do the two-thumbs thing and be all, "right here, big fella!"

Klarer's life would change dramatically in 1956 when she was standing on the ironically named Flying Saucer Hill. According to Klarer in her autobiography, she was abducted by members of an alien race from the Alpha Centauri system. During her abduction, Klarer met a rather dashing alien named Akon (no relation to the rapper, probably), and the pair fell in love. After a brief courtship, Klarer later claimed she gave birth to a hybrid child who was taken back to the planet Meton, to be educated in the ways of the universe.

It really is beautiful when two people can look beyond their species, planet of origin, cultural differences, and one of them almost certainly not existing, in order to find true love.

Whitley Strieber, alien abduction poster child

Most people —normal people, that is — cope with alien abductions in the only rational and logical way: go on a lifelong bender and convince themselves they imagined the whole ordeal. Luckily for us, Whitley Strieber is not a normal person. He is an accomplished novelist whose works have been adapted into movies and television shows. After his abduction, Strieber dedicated his life to profiting off of his abduction experience, while altruistically attempting to warn the planet about the danger of alien-human hybrids.

So what happened? Well, on December 26, 1985, Strieber was hanging out in a cabin in the woods when his abduction happened. (At least they let him enjoy Christmas first.) Strieber, being a writer, did what he did best — he documented his experiences in the novel "Communion." The aliens in "Communion" are described as having huge eyes, gray skin, and triangular heads, meaning Strieber's abduction created the template all further abductees would follow when making their claims, notes Texas Monthly.

For the last several decades, Strieber has become a celebrity in the abductee community, with numerous television appearances, novels, and podcasts. 

Jesse Long and his multiple abductions

In 1957, five-year-old Jesse Long experienced his first alien abduction, when he was allegedly abducted while playing in a field, as recounted in an interview with Whitley Strieber. Long was supposedly taken into an alien ship and escorted into a metallic room, where he was placed on a table and a object was implanted into his leg. In 1991, the object was removed from Long's leg and analyzed in an actual laboratory, by real scientists. The results of the testing were ... interesting. Apparently, the object removed from his leg had an unusual surface composition and other interesting characteristics that could not easily — or, presumably, cheaply — be explained away.

This object was allegedly implanted during the first of the many abductions Long would experience in life. During a later abduction, Long claims to have met his alien-human-hybrid children, who was conceived from sperm harvested during a previous experience. Rather than take the time-tested approach of claiming his out-of-town girlfriend was from Canada, Long put a unique spin on that story, claiming his girlfriend was from another universe. At the very least, Long deserves some credit for his originality.

Miguel Mendonca

When making a spectacular claim, credibility really is everything. Miguel Mendonca actually has some ... not a lot, but some credibility.

Mendonca is a green energy expert, whose work has been used to formulate energy policy in the United Kingdom. When not attempting to prevent a climate change induced apocalypse, Mendonca is apparently attempting to save the world from a covert takeover by alien-human hybrids (via The Express). While not an abductee himself, Mendonca claims to have interviewed several alien hybrids who live among the general population, unnoticed because of course they do.

The hybrids' human DNA has been (according to Mendonca) augmented with the genes of "reptilians, Sirians, Tall Whites," and other species, in the hopes that the human race will be improved in some way. Shockingly, Mendonca claims genetic testing of the hybrids among the general population would only show human DNA. Mendonca's research and interviews have been collected in a book which, tragically, lacks instructions on making an effective aluminum foil hat. Luckily, instructions on making a proper aluminum foil hat can be found here.

Hillary Porter

Tom Cruise is exceptionally good at running toward a camera, Michael Bay is really good at blowing things up, and comedy writers are really good at explaining to landlords why rent checks are late. As far as alien abductions go, former British Ministry of Defense employee Hillary Porter is the best in the business.

Porter claims her first alien abduction happened when she was in a fenced-in garden at the tender age of 5 — since that time, she has reportedly been abducted "more times than she can count." Porter claims an alien broke into a top-secret research lab while she was working there, per The Mirror. In other words, aliens were able to abduct Porter from a secure facility located in the same country that gave us James Bond. This does not bode well for Earth.

Porter claims to have had genetic material harvested from her, as well as various medical experiments conducted on her during her many abductions. Luckily since coming to grips with her abduction habit, Porter has become a celebrity in the British abductee community and often can often be found at the various alien abduction conventions throughout the U.K. No judgment here — everyone needs a hobby.

The UFO encounters of 1897

Aliens are nothing really new, and in 1896 and 1897, there was something in the skies over the U.S. According to Plane & Pilot, there were around 150 sightings of massive aircraft moving through the skies at speeds of up to 150 mph. (Airships at the time tended to toddle along at just about 5 mph, and yes, it's faster to walk.)

It wasn't in an isolated location, either, and the sightings were spread out across 20 states. Interestingly, many people claimed to have — at first — seen "human-like" creatures on the outside of the craft, and a few claimed to have gotten up close and personal with them. 

Colonel H.G. Shaw claimed he had been out for a ride in the country when he came across a UFO that had landed. Three alien creatures had attempted to abduct him, but Shaw — reportedly — made it quite clear that he wasn't going to have any of that nonsense and fought off the aliens. Another tale was published by the San Francisco Examiner (via HistoryNet) in the midst of these sightings. A California electrician named John Horen claimed that he'd actually been taken on board one of those mysterious crafts, and he hadn't been probed. Nope — he'd been taken on an overnight trip to Hawaii. (His wife later ruined his shot at fame when she revealed that no, he'd definitely been home at the time he claimed to have been in Hawaii.)

Bridget Nielsen and the Hybrid Children Community

There are a lot of reasons that aliens might come to Earth, but according to Bridget Nielsen and the members of her Hybrid Children Community, one of the biggest reasons is that they want our DNA.

They use it to create alien-human hybrid children, and the HBC explains it like this: "Everyone involved in the hybridization program ... made a soul agreement before coming into this lifetime to take part in the agenda to awaken humankind ... and reunite us with our galactic family." They add that five new races have been created, and the first-generation hybrids are on alien crafts with one of the races, called the Shalinaya.

Most of the communication between the human parent and their children is done "in dreamtime," when children are taught everything they need to know about humans. Sometimes, says The Cut, people are abducted to go visit their children in person, and yes, sometimes they're abducted for some good, old-fashioned DNA-harvesting. 

There are a surprising number of people who have joined the community to get closer to their alien children, and Nielsen — who says she was "born to BRIDG-ET" and can arrange for a watercolor of your child done — knows how important that connection can be. She is the mother of six hybrids, Crystal, Lilly Luna, Neo, Tio, Alice, and Twister, and says that sometimes, she's met the men who have contributed their DNA to her hybrid children's existence, whether they remember their abductions and encounters or not.

Did two men really get kidnapped in 1953?

George Hunt Williamson was one of the early UFO researchers, and in the 1950s, he wrote a book called Other Tongues — Other Flesh. It's a weird, rambling tome, but in it, he recounts a story first told in the Los Angeles Mirror.

In November 1953, the story goes, two local electricians named Karl Hunrath and Wilbur Wilkinson rented a small plane and headed off into the wild blue yonder. They never came home, and the plane was never found.

After they were reported missing, Wilkinson's wife said that they had firmly believed the world was ending, and that end was coming at the hands of "strange little men" from either Mars or a planet called Masar. Hunrath, she said, had stockpiled recordings of his conversations with the aliens, who had given him what was going to be the "new interplanetary language." While the Mirror reported that local authorities were pretty skeptical that it had been a "saucer kidnapping," Williamson suggests in his book that it might have been a voluntary abduction.

Williamson says that before the two men disappeared, Hunrath had called a few buddies to say goodbye. He'd added: "Others have left the Earth to go to other planets, so do not be surprised if I leave soon." Williamson also clarified that the wife of Hunrath's missing partner had misunderstood and that the aliens were actually from the Moon. Minor details.

The government official with an alien mother ... and an alien baby

So, let's talk about the confessions of Simon Parkes, a Labour-party councilor for the English town of Whitby. (Which, incidentally, is famous for a connection to Bram Stoker, Dracula, and having their own personal hellhound.)

According to The Guardian, his shocking confession came in 2012 — and it started when he admitted that his "'real, more important' mother" was a 9-foot tall, green-skinned alien woman. He explained that he had known this for a long time, and things escalated when he was 11: That's when his alien mum picked him up for a trip on her spacecraft. He knew then that he was in the middle of a deal that arranged for contact between humans and aliens, but that's absolutely not the end of the story.

Parkes, reported The Scotsman, went on to say that he now had regular liaisons with an alien woman he called the Cat Queen. Those liaisons had resulted in a daughter named Zarka, and he added: "My wife found out about it and was very unhappy, clearly. That caused a few problems, but it is not on a human level, so I don't see it as wrong."

Does this call his work as a government official into question? He says it doesn't, and the fact that he — and his friends — are pretty regularly abducted means that if anything in his life was about to go wrong, the aliens would be able to help him.

Is it still fiction if the author believes it's true?

In the 1940s, Richard Shaver wrote a series of stories — many of which were published in the sci-fi magazine Amazing Stories — that told of an underground world where a race of creatures had set up shop to control the humans on the surface. It's all pretty epic sci-fi, but here's the thing — as far as Shaver was concerned, it was 100% true.

According to the Los Angeles Review of Books, Shaver fully believed that the diabolical Dero and the kind Tero were the descendants of a race that had once lived on the surface, until some fled underground and the other fled to faraway planets. His work was edited, heavily rewritten, and published by the controversial Ray Palmer, but he claimed he had kept Shaver's message.

According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, Shaver knew the Tero and the Dero existed because he'd been abducted by the latter after he had "developed telepathic abilities" in 1932. And here's where the controversy comes in. Shaver claimed that he had been held captive in a subterranean world by the Dero, and he'd witnessed firsthand how terrible they were. It later came out that the time he claimed to have been captive, he had actually been committed to a psychiatric hospital.

Shaver was never officially diagnosed but is widely believed to have been a paranoid schizophrenic. After interest in his stories waned, he went on to document "rock books," which were essentially alien messages he claimed had been buried inside rocks.

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When Riley Martin died in 2016, Howard Stern said a special goodbye and called him "one of the greats." Martin had been a staple on Stern's shows for nearly a decade, and he spent a lot of that time talking about his encounters with a race of aliens called the Biaviians.

Martin claimed that not only had he been abducted a whole bunch of times starting with a first trip in 1953, but that on his second abduction, the Biaviians "downloaded the history of humanity, alien insights, and a mass of knowledge into his memory." They were a super friendly group who also shared with him hundreds of thousands of different symbols, and here's the really clever part.

Claiming that he was able to faithfully recreate the symbols, he was more than happy to share the positive vibes the symbols brought ... via his website, for $40 plus free shipping. Not only were the symbols bringers of positivity and light, but they could keep illness and bad luck at bay. And — most importantly — they would serve as a ticket.

When the time came for humankind to exit, stage left, the Biaviians were going to be there waiting with a one-way trip to a "distant, beautiful, un-polluted planet." One of Martin's symbols was required to be considered for the trip, but don't worry: It didn't mean you had to go. If you wanted it just for the good vibes, that was fine, but ... better safe than sorry?

When one abduction leads to a global movement

Claude Vorilhon was living his life as a race car driver and journalist when he was abducted in 1973. That's when he says he learned the truth: Aliens called the Elohim dropped humans on Earth just to kind of see what happened.

Vice says that this particular version of the ancient alien theory suggests that the Bible originally told a ton of stories about these extraterrestrial fathers. It followed, then, that when Vorilhon started going by the name Rael, he also started claiming that religious prophets like Mohammed and Jesus were his half-brothers and had been created when male aliens hooked up with human women (via Timeline).

At the heart of the teachings that the aliens had shared with him was the idea that sex should only every be for pleasure, for the replenishing of brain cells, and as a meditative practice that — when done right — would open up a direct line of communication with the ultra-advanced Elohim. (Actual reproduction was going to be done by cloning, he said.)

Maybe it's not entirely surprising that when Rael kicked off his movement with a 1974 gathering of 2,000-odd people, it absolutely took off. Today, there are groups all over the world that follow his message of love, social justice, technological advancement, and preparing to meet the alien overlords. Oh, and the idea that women have the legal right to be topless anywhere they please: They even started Go Topless Day to spread the word.

Is it an abduction if it's voluntary?

Emilcin is a small town in the south of Poland, and anyone who finds a reason to visit will find it's the home of a strange monument. It commemorates May 10, 1978, the day a 71-year-old local named Jan Wolski found himself issued an invitation he just couldn't refuse.

Culture recounts his story, and in the beginning, it was a perfectly ordinary day. Wolski was taking a perfectly ordinary ride in his perfectly ordinary wagon, when suddenly, he saw there were two "figures" standing in the road ahead of him. They were vaguely humanoid but had finned hands and green skin. Still, when they hopped into his wagon and invited him into their UFO — which was hovering nearby — he saw no reason as to why he shouldn't go. So, he did.

Once he was on board, he said that the very polite aliens requested that he strip naked, and then they passed what looked like some metal plates over his body. Then, they indicated he could get dressed again and offered him a bite to eat. He declined and headed back to his wagon, but not before everyone waved and nodded their goodbyes.

Wolski became famous in Poland, and in all the interviews he gave, his never changed or recanted story. A monument was erected in 2005, 14 years after Wolski's passing.

The 50+ witnesses give this one some serious credibility

In 2020, the Clarion Ledger reported that an audio recording of the terrified testimony of two men who had claimed to have been abducted by aliens 47 years prior had just come to light.

Calvin Parker (pictured) and Charles Hickson said that they had no idea they were being recorded as they gave their statement, and hearing it again brought back some serious trauma. In 1973, the two had been fishing on the Pascagoula River when an 80-foot craft appeared in the sky. Three floating aliens — all lacking legs and featuring hands shaped like mittens with claws — appeared, and when they grabbed the men, they said they felt instantly calm, as if they'd been drugged. After the aliens dragged them into the craft and performed "examinations" with the aid of a device they described as "a big eye," Parker and Hickson were dropped off where they'd been picked up. Meanwhile, around 50 people had been calling the local police, reporting that there was something strange in the skies.

Detectives didn't believe them, but the new recording revealed the conversation they'd had when law enforcement left. They were terrified, with Hickson saying at one point: "I thought I'd been through enough of Hell on this earth, and now I've got to go through something like this."

Glenn Ryder was police captain at the time and later said (via Twin Cities), "I don't know what happened to them ... but I know you don't fake fear, and they were fearful."

That one time when she met her children

When Geraldine Orozco struggled through several miscarriages, she claimed (via Discovery) that there was much more to it. Every time, she said, the baby was "missing," and she came to understand that her babies were being taken from her by alien entities.

She recounted how she was abducted eight times, and during one of those times, she was taken to meet children that she believed were the babies that had been harvested from her. She described them: "They're not all the way human. This gray, thin skin, to a much bigger head, and these giant eyes that are so deep, and so profound, and so complex. What I recognized as I was meeting that child was that it was my child."

Orozco believes that her experiences go back to a deal that former President Dwight D. Eisenhower made with aliens. In a nutshell, the aliens were going to be allowed a certain number of abductions, and breeding hybrids was 100% a part of it. Her Instagram says that she identifies as a Hybrid Mother and continues to explore interdimensional contact.

The saga of Stan Romanek

Stan Romanek claimed he had his first close encounter in 2000, when a video he made of a reported UFO made the local news. Years later, he told ABC, "What are they? I couldn't tell you. Are they from a different planet? I can't tell you. I know they're not human, whatever they are."

In the years following that first encounter, Romanek says he went on to be watched all the time. Like... literally. "... they're harassing me, and I can't tell you why. I have no answer to that," he added.

One of his abductions happened when — at 2:30 in the morning — aliens knocked on his door. Another tapped him on the shoulder, and he says he was transported somewhere else to be subjected to a massive data dump of horrible images, streamed right into his mind. Romanek claims to have had all kinds of proof, including x-rays of a mysterious implant that disappeared when he wanted to have it examined, puncture wounds that he said are indications of where the aliens conducted their tests, and he also claims that when he goes missing for a few days then checks his camera, he often find pictures of aliens. 

The Huffington Post says that this isn't the only reason Romanek has been in the news: In 2013, his home was raided "on suspicion of child pornography." When he was ultimately arrested, he claimed it was all a conspiracy.

How old is too old to have a new baby?

Back in 2003, author Michael Meyer had the opportunity to sit down with the man who he says was the first Chinese person to claim to have slept with an alien (via HuffPost).

His name was Meng Zhaoguo, and he was a lumberjack from the Red Flag Logging Commune. His encounter happened in 1994, and he said that at first, he thought the flash and flicker of light was a crashed helicopter. He approached the site but was hit by some unseen force and knocked unconscious. When he woke up, he was home.

Just a couple nights later, that he was awakened with a shock: He was hovering above his bed and in the middle of copulating with a massive, six-fingered alien woman. He described her as having "thighs coated in braided hair," and when he sketched a picture of his extraterrestrial lover, she bore a striking resemblance to the Michelin Man.

That wasn't entirely the end of it, and Meng said that about a month had passed when he awoke to find himself rising into the air again. This time, he was levitated into a spaceship where he met other aliens who told him that they were refugees from their dying planet on their way to their new home, and while it wasn't possible for him to see his alien lover, they did reassure him: "In 60 years, on a distant planet, the son of a Chinese peasant will be born."

Guided by jazz

If there's any phenomenon that everyone might at least grudgingly agree might be of extraterrestrial origin, it's music. In the case of a man born as Herman Blount, he believed that's exactly what happened.

He was born in 1914, and according to Another Man, it wasn't until 1953 that he told the world that while he was in college, he had been whisked away to Saturn by extraterrestrials. It was there that he says he learned his ultimate purpose in life, which was to become a spirit guide for mankind. The planet, they told him, was heading in a downward spiral pretty quickly, and he was going to help stop it.

Blount changed his name to first Le Sony'r Ra, then Sun Ra, saying (via The Guardian) that he was shedding his "slave name" to become the entity he was destined to be. According to an interview he gave in 2014, he wasn't a man but was, instead, an angel, and he had come to Earth from his homeworld of Saturn. 

Music historians have written tons of books cataloguing his more than 200 albums of widely varied music, and Paul Youngquist (via Vulture) had an interesting take on the whole angel and aliens from Saturn thing. They suggested he was putting a new spin on "the whole harrowing history of African slavery ... the slave ships of the Middle Passage were the first alien motherships."

The Lovette-Cunningham incident

So, here's a weird one that History says has been linked to a mysterious, ultra-classified U.S. Air Force investigation called Project Grudge Report 13. Two people reportedly associated with the project both recounted the 1956 story of Major William Cunningham and Air Force sergeant Jonathan P. Lovette.

It started when they were working outside of Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo New Mexico, and Cunningham heard the Lovette scream. When he went running in the direction of the shout, he found a "silver disk" hovering over the desert. A snake-like appendage had reached out and grabbed Lovette and was dragging him into the craft.

By the time security got there, Cunningham was alone. Search parties didn't find Lovette for three days, and when they did finally find him about 10 miles away from where Cunningham had last seen him being dragged into the craft, it was an awful sight. He'd been in the desert for somewhere between one and two days, and his corpse — which was missing important pieces like his eyes and tongue — had been not only mutilated but was completely bloodless. The entire thing bore a striking similarity to the reports of mutilated, bloodless cattle that are occasionally found and chalked up to weird extraterrestrials.

That's the only record of the incident ever happening, but it's worth mentioning that while Grudge Reports 1 through 12 and 14 are declassified and public –13 isn't.

Use the force, Gerry!

It was Christmas 2001. Gerry Battles had been out for a few holiday drinks and had been walking back home to his home in County Limerick, Ireland, and he later described the night like this (via the Limerick Post): "It was a clear, dry night. It was really crisp and frosty — just beautiful. ... but I wasn't drawn by the light of the stars or the moon but by a bright, surgical, white light coming from the other end of the boreen."

Battles says that he suddenly found himself on a spaceship, where he joined about 40 other people who looked to be in some kind of suspended animation. Then, he was plucked from the group and found himself face-to-face with an alien that had a "big cone head and ... beautiful, ginormous eyes." When the alien asked him what he wanted to see and he answered that he'd always wanted to see the North Pole, please and thank you, there they were.

Finally, the alien gave Battles a message: It was a warning that all life was going to be wiped out when an asteroid collided with the planet sometime around the year 2850. Battles says that they added "that every one of our governments have been lying to us from day one and not to trust them" and then gave this advice: "You must use the force. Be one with the force. Harness the force."

"The truth," Battles says, "is definitely out there."