UFOs & Close Encounters of the Real Kind

UFOs & Close Encounters of the Real Kind

UFO Sightings. Increasingly. Everywhere. 

I’ve been discovering that regular people, like my filmmaker/digital artist pal Stephen Zoller and I, aren’t the only ones who’ve witnessed UFOs. Celebrities like Russell Crowe, Dan Aykroyd, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Will Smith have reportedly witnessed unidentified sightings. 

In 1997, former Arizona Governor Fife Symington and actor Kurt Russell witnessed one of the most seminal incidents, the Phoenix Lights. Russell claimed he saw the “Lights” while flying his private plane. In fact, he may’ve been the first person to officially log the sighting. (Click on Aykroyd, Symington and Russell).

The Phoenix Lights March 13, 1997.jpg

So, how many sightings are seen on average and what public groups do the tracking? US-based MUFON is the oldest and largest civilian UFO investigation and research organization that collects sighting reports from the public, and then investigates them. Its goal is to answer the biggest question, Are we alone in the universe?

MUFON reports it gets 500-1000 reports a month from around the world, and then its field investigators review the case, and try to come up with an hypothesis. MUFON executive director Jan Harzan tells us: “In 75-80% of cases it’s an IFO, an identified flying object, maybe a natural phenomenon like planet Venus, there’s also man made phenomena like balloons, planes. But when you crawl through it all, there are cases that are extraordinary...We have a science review board made up of scientists from around world and the US to review significant cases and try to render an opinion on them. We want to be the truth-seekers of the UFO field.”

In a previous article, “The Reality of UFOs May Be Hiding in Plain Sight,” my Ufologist friend and digital artist Steve Zoller suggested that “they’re not little green men from a far-flung part of the galaxy. It’s just way too much of a scientific leap. Interstellar travel from Alpha Centauri, our closest neighboring star at a mere 26 trillion miles away, would fly in the face of Einstein’s theory of mass-energy equivalence.”

So, I asked him some more questions for BBN Times:

Q. Next month, tens of thousands are expected to head to Nevada and “storm” Area 51 in an attempt to pressure the government to come clean about UFO’s. What do you make of it?

A. I wish I could be there. A growing number of people – at least those with half a brain – are starting to look at UFOs as our last possible hope of surviving the self-induced environmental and social catastrophes that are headed our way.

Q. Could you reiterate your thinking about these “aliens” actually coming from our own future?

A. Personally, I don’t believe they’re extraterrestrials. I think it’s more likely that they originate from right here on good ‘Ole Planet Earth’ — albeit from a far-flung future. They’ve developed the ability to move freely through Earth’s timeline but are forbidden to alter the past in any substantial way otherwise they would initiate temporal annihilation back in the future.

Q. So, because of this timeline conundrum, these futurians can’t change the course of history otherwise their future could cease to exist, right?

A. Unfortunately, yes. But I hold out hope that I’m wrong.

Q. What do you make of the fact that, over the years, thousands claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials from all over the galaxy?

A. Yes, but when those cases were put under closer scrutiny the majority of the abductees happened to be well-to-do women from Upper East Side Manhattan and had on average ten years of psychoanalysis under their belts. I jest.

Betty and Barney Hill


The Travis Walton Incident


Q. Fair enough, but you agree that there’ve been several incidents of contact with the occupants of UFOs that ring true. Three in particular are the Barney and Betty Hill Incident in 1961, the Travis Walton abduction in 1975 and the Phoenix Lights appearance in 1997. [For those unfamiliar with the details, check out Wikipedia and learn more.  The accounts are compelling and genuine.]

A. They are. Maybe there is a glimmer of hope, after all, and the futurians have solved the timeline conundrum.  

Q. But both the Hills and Travis Walton claimed that they were abducted by aliens from Zeta Reticuli, a star system about 45 light years away, so doesn’t this fly in the face of your theory?

A. Any civilization that has conquered the space-time continuum could find a way to scramble brains.

Q. Also fair, so how do the Phoenix Lights fit in?  Thousands in the Phoenix area watched a giant V shaped craft (estimated to be a mile wide) glide slowly overhead at a low altitude. There were thousands of witnesses, including two pilots, Hollywood star Kurt Russelland former Arizona Governor Fife Symington III. Yet as far as I recall there were no reports of contact.

A. Except there was a retired shuttle astronaut who watched the ship silently sail over his backyard. He made a very astute observation about the event – that it wasn’t an accident. The beings inside that flying city were making a statement. We are here and we are real! I don’t care whether they’re from the future or Pluto, I want to know what brings them to our present reality in such great numbers. I’m not the only one who sees this convergence of catastrophes heading our way as epoch changing. If I were religious, I might interpret it as biblical in nature.

A Sign from Above

And that will be the heady topic of our next installment in our UFO series. 

For my other BBN Times stories on UFOs, check out: “Regenesis & the Secrecy Surrounding UFOs Starts at the Gas Pump” and “Filmmaker says Truth About UFOs is not About Little Green Men but is Hiding in Plain Sight.”

All graphics by Stephen Zoller. Author/blogger Ashley Jude Collie’s new sci-fi, dystopian novel, REJEX, is available on Amazon (US)and Amazon (UK), and Amazon worldwide.

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  • Chris Hampton

    I want to meet an alien and discuss some juicy topics with him. He will either kill me or become his best friend.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Chris Hampton

    Hahah, what topics, Chris? Did you ever see the Twilight Zone episode, To Serve Man? The punchline, It's a cook book! Thanks for commenting. ;)

  • Justin Williams

    Guess we'll find out when we raid area 51

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Justin Williams

    Are you going to Area 51, Justin? Or sending an emissary? Thanks for commenting! ;)

  • Deborah Allison

    Just the fact that we're are here is enough evidence for me.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Deborah Allison

    Deborah, what if we are the aliens? Thanks for commenting! ;)

  • Megan Caufield

    Humans: We are looking ; Aliens: We are hiding

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Megan Caufield

    Megan, if they ask, Take us to your leader! And, then they see what leaders we have, they may say, "Okay, never mind!" Thanks for commenting. ;)

  • Vikas Nainani

    I think pretty much every scientist I know feels that there must be aliens out there

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Vikas Nainani

    Agreed, Vikas, but what about the "deniers" of everything but their own ego, like POTUS? Thanks for commenting! ;)

  • Mike Owens

    You are a rare gem, just like intelligent life out there in the universe

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Mike Owens

    Mike, do you mean, we are all "rare" gems? Thanks for commenting, brother! ;)

  • Becky Spence

    We still have no evidence of this

  • Jeff Niekamp

    In reply to: Becky Spence

    Evidence is overwhelming, unfortunately what most people consider evidence for something like this is a personal encounter or to see it on major network news (which won't happen anytime soon). The evidence we have would hold up in ANY courtroom but for some odd reason we discount it until ABC or NBC says it's a fact.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Becky Spence

    Miracles happen every day, Becky. And we also do things every day without proof. That the sun will rise tomorrow morning. That the moon will set. That the Earth will continue on its axis around the sun, avoiding getting too close to incinerate us all. We have no proof. But you're entitled to your opinion. PS I sense there's a ton of evidence in military and scientific files hidden around the world. Thanks for commenting. ;)

  • Daniel Quinn

    I believe aliens exist. What I want to know is are they legal?

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Daniel Quinn

    Hahah, Daniel, good point. But they could just turn their phasers onto stun, and eliminate the interrogator. Poof! Thanks for commenting! ;)

  • Daniel Quinn

    In reply to: ashley collie

    You're welcome

  • Anni Lee

    I can't find a husband, it's time to go to Area 51 to find a weirdo

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Anni Lee

    Dear Anni, weirdos who claimed the Earth wasn't flat, or that the Earth actually moved around the Sun not the other way around, or that All You Need is Love, well they were pretty cool dudes! Maybe, you could find one of them! Thanks for commenting. ;)

  • Josh Cobb

    The vastness of space is even greater than the number of aliens

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Josh Cobb

    In my novel, REJEX, the hidden planet of Occulo has a vortex of space junk in its orbit, collecting all sorts of cool things from other civilizations (space probes, satellites, digital, audio and video streams). Thanks for commenting! ;)

  • Dave Allan

    To them, we are the aliens.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Dave Allan

    Very true, Dave, as who is the real alien? Thanks for commenting. ;)

  • Bill

    The scene showing Betty and Barney Hill driving a Pontiac is totally incorrect. They were driving a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air!

  • Stephen Zoller

    In reply to: Bill

    I apologize for the shoddy research, Bill. It will never happen again.

  • ashley collie

    In reply to: Bill

    Wow, great catch, Bill, I personally didn't know either way. Anyway, so what's your take on the theme of the story, Bill, apart from the "catch"? Will you storm Area 51? Do you have any UFO sightings or experiences? Could you add to the story? Cheers, thanks for commenting! ;)

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Ashley Jude Collie

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Ashley is an award-winning journalist/author/blogger who has written for Playboy, Toronto Star, Movie Entertainment, Sports Illustrated, Maclean's and others. He's interviewed various "leaders" in their fields, including: Oscar winners (Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander, Jane Fonda, Mira Sorvino, Geena Davis, Anthony Hopkins); Grammy winners (Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Ice Cube, Pete Townshend); MVPs in sports (Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Wayne Gretzky, Kobe Bryant); and, business leaders (Amazon's Jeff Bezos). He has an upcoming novel, REJEX, coming out on Pulp Hero Press. And he has written several episodic TV shows, appeared on CNN, and blogged for Mademan, Medium, GritDaily and HuffPost.


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