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The Cryptoterrestrials by Mac Tonnies. What if the "aliens" are not from other planets? At the same time, this groundbreaking work attempts to re What if the "aliens" are not from other planets? At the same time, this groundbreaking work attempts to reconcile the mythological and contemporary accounts of "little people" into a coherent picture. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages.
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Start your review of The Cryptoterrestrials. Jan 24, Anita Dalton rated it it was amazing Shelves: aliens , forteana , fringe , non-fiction , ufos.
Review snippet: In a way, this book is a perfect example of the sorts of ideas that made me a fan of the odd. When I was a kid, books on Forteana were not so insistent. They posited what happened fish falling from the sky , posited a few potential answers waterspouts drawing water and fish from streams, or an angry god , and left the reader to wonder and maybe discuss the topic.
Now the book on fish falling from the sky has spurious science to prove a particular point of view, all other points Review snippet: In a way, this book is a perfect example of the sorts of ideas that made me a fan of the odd. Now the book on fish falling from the sky has spurious science to prove a particular point of view, all other points are dismissed, and the discussion becomes entrenched and adversarial.
Read my entire discussion here. Shelves: sciences. This entertaining books toys with the hypothesis that UFOs and 'aliens' aren't extraterrestrial at all. No conclusions are drawn, but the overview of the UFO and abduction phenomena is broad, the author being well read in the field. Being immersed in such literature, I was impressed, finding most of the material familiar, but with a few additions from the author's correspondents and acquaintances.
This book is not recommended as an introduction to the evidences and the controversies surrounding This entertaining books toys with the hypothesis that UFOs and 'aliens' aren't extraterrestrial at all.
This book is not recommended as an introduction to the evidences and the controversies surrounding them. Rambling, repetitive, and way too dry to be as lacking in proper supporting research as it is. If one is going to write something as un-entertaining as this, it would at least be a good idea to throw in some actual witness accounts and historical information. It's a shame, because I think the theory proposed is actually really interesting, but where are the testimonies? Where is the evidence, even anecdotal?
Where are the fantastical stories from eye-witnesses to keep the reader biting for more? To offer any kind of support to the author's argument? I understand that in this field concrete evidence is literally nonexistent, but the author constantly references historical cases and situations but provides no description or even a simple summary of any of them, beyond a vaguely-described myth or two.
Perhaps Tonnies is writing to his audience here, but it was way too 'inside baseball' for me - and I am genuinely interested in the topic he's writing about. The whole thing was one disappointment after another. Starting a chapter with 'Hey, maybe these native Non-Human Entities live under the ocean , you guys! Again and again and again the same idea is pounded into place, surrounded by not a lick of entertaining or interesting information.
Fifty more pages of actual witness accounts or historical records, or even any kind of hard data, would have saved this book but as it is it's a rambling, needlessly-repetitive mess and a huge letdown.
Just because you're writing about an interesting idea, doesn't mean you don't have to be a good writer. Or that you don't have to make a proper argument, with proper resources and citations. This kind of thing is why the mainstream can't take Ufological 'research' seriously. Jan 09, Aaron rated it it was amazing.
This book, published posthumously, represents not the culmination of his ideas, nor a starting point. I think it would do a disservice to Mac's work to describe its development in such linear terms, for Mac was a thinker whose ideas scattered in myriad directions simultaneously. Look at his blog and you'll see speculation on the paranormal along side thoughts on music, art, design, technology and a host of other subjects.
The Cryptoterrestirals would have, I'm sure, launched Mac's career in directions he could not have foreseen. Its subject--the possibility of a hidden humanoid species on Earth being at least partially responsible for "alien" encounters--made, and still makes, the UFOlogical world mock nervously. I'm trying to write this without revealing too much--it's worth your time to go on this journey with Mac yourself--but suffice it to say that this book is a magnificent speculation; not an argument, but a series of informed notions that one day, might lead to something altogether strange and wonderful.
Looking at it makes me miss Mac. I think I'm going to go read some posthumanblues this evening, spending time with a friend gone, but not forgotten. Apr 12, Hugh rated it really liked it. The book is very inside baseball, may not be for everyone View 1 comment. May 23, Mark Tallen rated it really liked it. I found this well written book to be interesting and it contains some refreshing musing on the subject matter.
I don't necessarily agree with with the hypothesis that the author puts forward. But, it is important to point out that the author himself, isn't claiming either that his hypothesis is the answer to the mystery.
This fact is stated clearly in the afterward written by Greg Bishop. We don't know who or what is truly behind the mystery. Perhaps it is a mixture of all the leading hypotheses? Mac Tonnies sadly passed away at the age of 34 in This was his last book that he wrote.
I highly recommend this book and I'm happy to have it in my collection. Apr 26, Denver Michaels rated it really liked it. Well-written and good food for thought. But, with that being said, I don't buy it Jan 30, Leah Andrews rated it liked it. What if aliens are not from other planets? The Cryptoterrestrials proposes this idea and brings up some of the cases that could support this notion. If you are familiar with the famous cases of abductions and interactions with UFOs and aliens, then you will be able to follow Tonnies points.
For readers who are less familiar with extraterrestrial lore and history, this book would be difficult to follow. The writing is bogged down by some of the word choices. It read like someone using a thesaurus What if aliens are not from other planets? It read like someone using a thesaurus to try to appear smarter and more respectable.
This was not necessary, since Tonnies' ideas are interesting. Feb 03, Jonathon Moore rated it really liked it. Take a guy who has read a bunch of books on UFO's. Add his own unique theory that its not an external problem but an internal one I really enjoyed the last line of the book - "I walk a fine existential edge, fearing and cherishing, enlivened by the vertiginous sense of astonishment and horror.
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What if the "aliens" are not from other planets? At the same time, this groundbreaking work attempts to reconcile the mythological and contemporary accounts of "little people" into a coherent picture. Instead of looking up, maybe we should be looking around us. And, perhaps, even below us, too. The ideas in this book will be harvested by science-fiction writers and TV shows like Fringe for decades.
Mac Tonnies 20 August — 22 October  was an American author and blogger whose work focused on futurology , transhumanism and paranormal topics. Tonnies had an active online presence and a "small, but devoted" readership, but supported himself by working at Starbucks and other nine-to-five jobs. In he died of cardiac arrhythmia at the age of His first book, a collection of science fiction short stories titled Illumined Black , was published by Phantom Press Publications in , when Tonnies was in college. In November, , Redstar Books published the first volume of Posthuman Blues , which contains excerpts from Tonnies' long-running blog of the same name. Tonnies spoke for his generation with passion, eloquence, and a rare insight.
THE CRYPTOTERRESTRIALS: A Meditation on Indigenous Humanoids and the Aliens Among Us