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[i] Sam Moskowitz, Seekers of Tomorrow: Masters of Modern Science Fiction (New York: Ballantine, 1967), 119.
[ii] Greg Sadowski, ed., Supermen! The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes: 1936-1941 (Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2009), 186.
[iii] Very technically, Superman is a landed alien, as the first issues had his spaceship landing.
[iv] Gerald Heard, The Riddle of the Flying Saucers: Is Another World Watching? (London: Carroll and Nicholson, 1950).
[v] John G. Fuller, Incident at Exeter, the Interrupted Journey: Two Landmark Investigations of UFO Encounters Together in One Volume (New York: MJF Books, n.d.), 258, 100-101, 231, 125, 257.
[vii] Fuller, Incident at Exeter, 144.
[viii] David J. Hufford, The Terror That Comes in the Night: An Experience-Centered Study of Supernatural Assault Traditions (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982); and "Awakening Paralyzed in the Presence of a Strange 'Visitor,'" in Alien Discussions: Proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference held at MIT, Cambridge, MA, ed. Andrea Pritchard, David E. Pritchard, John E. Mack, Pam Kasey, and Claudia Yapp (Cambridge, MA: North Cambridge Press, 1994).
[ix] Christopher Partridge, ed., UFO Religions (London: Routledge, 2003).
[x] See Nick Redfern, Contactees: A History of Alien-Human Interaction (Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press, 2009).
Jeffrey J. Kripal is the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University. He is the author of six books, including Esalen: America and The Religion of No Religion and Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred.