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Return to Magonia
Investigating UFOs in History

by Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough, Foreword by Jacques Vallee

Trade Paperback, 376 Pages, 192 Illustrations

$24.95, ISBN: 9781938398544

Genre(s): UFOs


People have always been fascinated by lights in the sky. Early astronomers and astrologers, medieval pamphleteers, scientists, navigators, and weather observers, all recorded sightings of strange phenomena. The question is: Were these the same as our modern UFOs?

The authors of Return to Magonia have taken a serious, critical look at some of those sightings. Using modern resources and tools, they dissect more than 20 fascinating cases from the last 500 years, showing that reality can be more interesting than any popular catch-all theory. They discover that UFOs in history are as intriguing, as entertaining, and often as baffling as they are today.

In this unique and challenging book you will read about:
• the flat "plate" seen over a 17th-century Swedish city, leaving witnesses stricken with an unknown sickness;
• a fiery object that landed beside a road in Ohio, piloted by a mysterious man in black;
• a weird blue ball of fire that devastated a British navy ship;
• the Minnesota doctor who saw a disk of "electric" light floating across the fields;
• and a formation of locomotive-sized "eggs" that descended on an Australian town shortly after World War II.

Combining science, history, and a broad knowledge of the UFO field, Martin Shough and Chris Aubeck set a new standard for UFO research and shed light on one of the oldest recorded mysteries in human experience.


About the Author:

CHRIS AUBECK is the founder of the historical research group Magonia Exchange,
an international archival project. He is the author of a dozen articles in English and
Spanish, contributes to radio programs in Spain, and delivers talks on the subject of the evolution of UFOs as cultural history. He is the co-author of Wonders in the Sky (2010) with Jacques Vallee and OOPARTS: Objetos Fuera de su Tiempo (2015) with Juan José Sanchez-Oro. In May 2015, he organized the first two-day conference on historical UFOs, “The Inhabited Sky,” in La Casa Encendida, Madrid. Aubeck currently lives in Andalusia.

MARTIN SHOUGH is a Research Associate for National Aviation Reporting
Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP). He has been involved in a number of
notable sighting investigations and is author or co-author of various papers and other publications, including: “Radar and the UFO” (1987); “A Review of Radar UAP Contact Reports Generally Related to Aviation Safety” (NARCAP, 2002); “A Social History of Ball Lightning” (2003/2014); “Unusual Atmospheric Phenomena Observed Near Channel Islands, UK,” (2008, with Baure, Clarke and Fuller); “Radar Cross-Section of a Sphere” (2009); “Spheres in Airborne UAP Imagery” (2009, with Ballester-Olmos); “Study of an Unusual Phenomenon Observed by BOAC Aircrew over Labrador, Newfoundland” (2009); and “Double Trouble:  e Science & Superstition of Multiple Suns” (2011). He has been a photolithographer, graphic designer, and gallery owner. He lives in the Highlands of Scotland.


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Want to read a sample chapter of this book? You can see a color version of chapter 2 in issue 22 of EdgeScience.  Download the free pdf here


Foreword by Jacques Vallée
1. Years of Prodigies and Wonders
2. The Stralsund Incident
3. Fiery Exhalations
4. Attacked by a UFO from the Sea
5. Discs and Saucers
6. The Rampaging Cloud
7. Men in the Moon
8. Running Man
9. It Came from the Sea
10. Triangles in the Sky
11. Dark Objects
12. The Alien that Drove Away
13. The Flying Dead
14. The Oblong Light 
15. Strange Mid-air Ships
16. The Electric Disc
17. Anaconda Starfish
18. Lights of Fancy
19. The Aldeburgh Platform
20. Event at Lake Keuka
21. Giant Flying Eggs
Event Index

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What they're saying:

"This book is not intellectual candy to feed favorite beliefs or a sounding board for speculative theories. What this book is, is a work of serious scholarship. Seldom are such deep research, careful analysis, and stringent arguments found in the UFO literature, and Return to Magonia is exemplary both in the four research goals it undertakes and its success in carrying them out. For the serious anomalist, this is a book to treasure...This is fine work through and through, and exemplary of UFO research at its best." — Thomas E. Bullard, Journal of Scientific Exploration

 "...the first 21st-century UFO book..Return to Magonia is a model of how to conduct productive historical UFO and anomalies studies...this is an instant classic and likely to remain an enduring one." — Jerome Clark, Fortean Times

"The book is a lot more than just a series of x-files cases....Chris and Martin have bottled the Fortean formula. Here is a natural science murder mystery: let’s solve it, or better still let’s fail to solve it an interesting way, leaving some flashes of the numinous on the horizon. There is also perhaps a hint of the underdog. The book was written by two part time researchers who pack more punch than many university teams in their use of astronomy, meteorology and the wealth of archive material on the internet.... What a fantastic book!" — Beachcombing's Bizarre History Blog

"Amazing! Chris Aubeck and Martin Shough's work should be required reading for anyone who calls themselves a UFO investigator." — Clas Svahn, journalist and bestselling author

"“Return to Magonia presents the most thorough and detailed review and analysis of historical aerial anomalies cases, making it essential reading for everyone interested in Fortean and UFO topics.” — Nigel Watson, Magonia

"Return to Magonia is an excellent study that confirms Anomalist Books leading position in the publishing of great books on anomaly studies—a very impressive contribution to the study of pre-1947 UFO events that has much to offer to modern day UFO study." — Bill Chalker, The OZ Files

"This is an excellent collection of reports that shows the rich variety of aerial anomalies...They do a good job of trying to scientifically explain these sightings...A great book showing that flying saucers are nothing new." — Starburst Magazine

"...a book that should be read by everyone professing to be a UFO investigator or researcher...of great utility for modern UFO research...this rich and dense examination of historical UFO events....Another volume could become available should this first volume sell well. I certainly hope it does." — UFO Truth Magazine


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