It was during the 1960’s that I first developed an interest in the topic of UFO’s. By the mid-1970’s I had collected and read through a personal library of several hundred volumes on the subject and was firmly convinced in the physical reality of the many apparently reliable sightings that were on record even though I could not rationalize them completely in terms of the physics that I had learned during the course of my science oriented education. It seemed obvious to me that the UFO sightings that were the most dramatic for witnesses were, in at least some of the cases, most probably exactly what they appeared to be: extraterrestrial air and spacecraft which were under the intelligent control of living beings of extraterrestrial origin. Yet, in practically every case that I studied there always seemed to be paradoxical elements present which defied explanation in terms of twentieth century physics.
For example, a craft whose gleaming hull indicated a massive metallic construction would float in the sky without any apparent means of propulsion and then suddenly dart off at with enormous velocity. In some sightings, a craft would, almost instantly, execute a sharp turn in flight and, on occasion, do so repeatedly in what came to be called a “sky dance” in the early UFO literature. I wondered how the crews of these craft could survive the body crushing g-forces implied by such violent aerobatic maneuvers. It was obvious to me that our “visitors” had somehow learned to artificially control the normally present gravitational and inertial properties of matter, but I was, at the very beginning of my research into these details, totally clueless as to how they achieved this.
There were also a plethora of additional “secondary effects” that were associated with the elusive UFOs. Most notable were the various visible glows that enveloped the hulls of most nocturnal UFOs whose color seemed to vary with the velocity of the craft. The fact that UFOs also occasionally emitted intense radiation in other than the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum was amply demonstrated by the many cases involving so-called “EM effects”. These could range from radio interference whenever UFOs were locally present to the skin burns and eye inflammations that occurred when human witnesses found themselves in close proximity to a craft with an active propulsion system.
Finally, there was the perplexing matter of how a UFO, in the form of a large “mother ship” carrier of smaller “scout” craft, could move fast enough in space to make interstellar voyages conveniently brief enough in duration for its crew. I had been told in my science classes that no material object could even attain much less exceed the velocity of light. Yet, it seemed to me that our visitors would have to be doing just this if they routinely traveled to our solar system from nearby star systems. Again, in my early days of researching this topic, I could neither find nor offer a reasonable explanation as to how UFOs might break the “light barrier” as they traversed the immense distances that separate even the nearest of star systems in our galaxy.
I was well aware of the fact that over 90% of all reported UFO sightings, upon thorough investigation, eventually proved to not be of extraterrestrial origin. This vast majority of cases turned out to be such things as observations of prosaic natural or artificial objects by average people who were not familiar with them or observed them under unusual conditions, hoaxes by some people, and hallucinations by a very small number of others. However, that still left a small percentage of cases wherein the only possible explanation seemed to be that a genuine UFO had been observed by one or more human beings. The literature I devoured in my early study of the subject seemed to me to mostly contain this reliable residue of cases. With rare exception, I tended to avoid cases in which people claimed to have made contact with extraterrestrials or to have gone for rides in their craft. While such scenarios were not physically or technically impossible, these cases stretched even my imagination too far. Most were stories delivered by lone witnesses and I quickly discovered that, in practically all of these cases, my study of them would yield no advancement of my understanding of the technical aspects of the phenomenon. I was particularly wary of alleged contact cases wherein the witness was given some sort of philosophy or moral message to deliver to humanity.