National Institute for Discovery Science

NIDS UFO Reading List

While NIDS does not necessarily endorse all of their claims, the following books and articles provide a good overview for those new to the UFO phenomenon, in addition to the articles posted on our Aerial Phenomenology/UFOs page. Check your local library or used book store for books that are out of print.

Scientific Inquiry & Analysis

Unconventional Flying Objects Hill, Paul. (1995). Unconventional Flying Objects: A Scientific Analysis. Hampton Roads.

The UFO Experience Hynek, J. Allen and Vallee, Jacques. (1974, 1999). The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry. Marlowe & Co.

UFOs: A Scientific Debate Sagan, Carl and Thornton Page (Eds). (1972, 1995). UFOs: A Scientific Debate. Barnes & Noble Books.

Sturrock, Peter. (1994). Report on a survey of the membership of the American Astronomical Society concerning the UFO problem: Parts 13. Journal of Scientific Exploration. Vol. 8, Issues 13.

The UFO Enigma Sturrock, Peter. (1999). The UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence. New York: Warner Books.

Revelations Vallee, Jacques (1992). Revelations: Alien Contact and Human Deception. New York: Ballantine Books.

Dimensions Vallee, Jacques (1988). Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact. Chicago: Contempory Books.

Historical Aspects

Dick, Steven J. (1996). The UFO controversy. Chapter in The Biological Universe: The 20th Century Extraterrestrial Life Debate and the Limits of Science. Cambridge University Press.

< Hynek, J. Allen. (1966). UFOs merit scientific study. Science. October 21, Vol. 329.

Hynek, J. Allen. (1969). The Condon Report and UFOs. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Vol. 25: 39.

The UFO Controversy in America Jacobs, David M. (1975). The UFO Controversy in America. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Ridpath, Ian. (1973). Interview with Dr. J. Allen Hynek. New Scientist. May 17, 422424.

McDonald, James and Thayer, Gordon. (1968). AIAA Committee looks at UFO problem. Astronautics and Aeronautics. December, Vol. 6: 12.

McDonald, James and Thayer, Gordon. (1970). UFO, an appraisal of the problem. Astronautics and Aeronautics. November, Vol. 8: 4951.

Saunders, David R. and R. Roger Harkins. (1969). UFOs? Yes! Where the Condon Committee Went Wrong.

Sanderson, Ivan T. (1967). Uninvited Visitors: A Biologist Looks at UFOs. New York: Cowles.

Condon, Edward (Project Director). (1969). The Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects. New York: Bantam Books.
Conducted by the University of Colorado under research contract number F44620-67-C-0035 with the U.S. Air Force.

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Related Areas of Study: Alleged Alien Abduction, Roswell, MJ-12

Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind Bryan, C.D.B. (1995). Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind: A Reporter's Notebook on UFO's, Alien Abductions, and the Conference at MIT. New York: Penguin Books.

UFOs and the National Security State Dolan, Richard M. (2000). UFOs and the National Security State: An Unclassified History, 19411973. Keyhole Publishing.

Top Secret/MAJIC Friedman, Stanton. (1996). Top Secret/Majic. Marlowe & Co.

The Interrupted Journey Fuller, John G. (1997, 1966). Incident At Exeter/The Interrupted Journey. New York: MJF Books.

UFOs and Abductions Jacobs, David M. (Ed.). (2000). UFOs and Abductions: Challenging the Borders of Knowledge . Univ Press of Kansas.

UFO Books by Skeptics

Klass, Philip J. (1974). UFOs Explained. New York: Random House

Menzel, Donald H. (1953). Flying Saucers. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.

Menzel, Donald H. and Boyd, L.G. (1963). The World of Flying Saucers. Double Day, Garden City.