Tuesday, January 12, 2016

It's here! My New UFO book "Bad UFOs"


At long last, the book everyone has been waiting for (ha ha)! My New UFO book, "Bad UFOs."


A 6x9" quality trade paperback with 277 pages, it is the first skeptical book examining the UFO phenomenon published in the United States since, well, my previous UFO book, UFO Sightings in 1998. That's eighteen years. This book is not just a compilation of Blog entries, although some of the material has appeared on this Blog. It  covers the broad outline of contemporary UFOlogy: sightings, photos and videos, saucer crashes, UFO abductions, conspiracies, disclosure, etc., with everything brought up-to-date as of the date of publication (January, 2016). Among the UFO cases and UFO claims discussed are those of:
  • Betty and Barney Hill
  • the Phoenix Lights
  • "mystery missiles" off the coast near Los Angeles
  • Richard Hoagland
  • Steven Greer's "Disclosure Project" and ET Contact Protocols.
  • Trent UFO photos
  • Heflin UFO photos
  • Travis Walton
  • Exopolitics
  • Rendlesham forest
  • Roswell 'crash' and Roswell slides
  • 'Fly UFO' video from Chile, and Leslie Kean
  • Whitley Strieber
  • "Planet X" / Nibiru 
  • Electric Asteroids
  • and many more.....
Here is the Table of Contents of the book Bad UFOs.


How can you get it? You can order it right here, using this link: book.badufos.com

The list price is $18.95 (plus shipping). And if you order it from this link, you can enter the discount code Y8ZHYK6Y and get 10% off the retail price.

You can also order the book from Amazon.com. But in that case, there will be no discount.

For those who prefer the Ebook format, Bad UFOs is also available from Amazon on Kindle. The E-book is only $8.95 (no discounts available).

Enjoy!!

33 comments:

  1. Lots of claims in your comment and the things I read following the link. But no evidence for any of those claims except that some people "didn't like his style."

    I'm so glad we live in a country where you can make such horrific claims about someone's character and intent without a shred of evidence (even though you now have the entire internet on which you could publish any evidence you have, and do it for free).

    As long as no one else is passing you any attention (and I'm now sorry I did) and you haven't hurt the authors' careers, in this country you still can't be successfully sued.
    Ain't the First Amendment grand?

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  3. Just ordered! if you will be attending this years UFO Congress I might bring it with me in the hope of tracking you down and getting it signed.

    But maybe it's time to start moderating comments . . .

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    1. I plan to be at the UFO Congress, so track me down and I'll be happy to autograph it.

      Yes, we picked up a troll who came on here lying about his credentials and his affiliation, his research, etc. When I called him on it, he became very abusive. Unfortunately, Blogspot does not have a 'ban user' function, so I have to mark each one as the Spam that it is. Sooner or later Blogspot will get the message, and give him the boot.

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  4. So...some intemperate people have attacked without reading the book? Quelle suprise!

    Pardon my French, but I hope to read the book before cussing it (due process and all). Robert, will there be availability through Amazon.ca? Jack Brewer's book is one step ahead of yours on this count (his is also a CreateSpace joint).

    If enough sensible people are writing books, I won't be forced to read David Jacobs' new ball of confusion.

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  5. Some one needs to write an Opera about this subject...Might be worth the time to watch.
    Anyhow, ordered the book, it is about time someone wrote something objective about the subject--Thanks

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    1. Got the book today, great read so far...

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  6. I shall order it before the month is out. However, the title does act as a slight deterrent, myself preferring (despite being a skeptic) to see a more positive title like "Good UFOs". Admittedly it is very difficult to find such things nowadays, as the vast majority of cases (including Roswell, Kecksburg & Rendlesham) unfortunately fall into the 'bad' category. Not necessarily the sightings themselves, but their subsequent treatment by certain writers & researchers.

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    1. Oh, Chris; It's a great title. It's the name of this blog, the word "bad" meaning rational nonconformist, maverick, even rebel--who gets results by "Critical Thinking About UFO Claims"--and a lot of other phony claims. It’s hard for me to imagine being anything but a Scientific realist skeptic.

      I love it! And can't wait to read it.

      "Critical Thinking" is the very thing some of our online "UFO" friends could do a bit more of--instead of assuming the answer, ignoring the obvious, and appealing to ignorance and wild and wilder speculations to keep their belief in this dead myth alive. But I love them anyway.

      As JO wrote years ago, the very IDEA "UFO" is irrational, "unidentified" cannot be an identity, so they must practice these basic logical fallacies to address this fabulous chimera, a subject without real substance. The three cases you mention are perfect examples of "UFO" stories that are utter zeros! Arnold, the Hills, Falcon Lake, Cash-Landrum, Terauchi and Tehran are similarly completely evidenceless flying-saucer fairy tales; and we're left to discuss circumstances and their plausibility, which is not much considering the extraordinary claims made.

      And these utter zeros are the BEST stories! Geez....

      There is no "UFO" phenomenon, never was.

      Be seeing you!

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    2. Holy wha!! I saw the "... be seeing you" at the end of this post and thought, wait, is it... The Iron Skeptic?!
      Just wanted to say, Sagan's "Demon Haunted World", the Iron Skeptic site, and the "badufos" blogspot are my trifecta for skepticism. Keep up the good work!

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  7. Purchased myself a copy yesterday. Looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Jack, thanks. You'll find your name in the index. I quoted what you wrote about the MUFON "blockbuster announcement" a couple years back. Pretty funny!

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  9. Hi Robert,

    The link for Kindle version doesn't seem to be working. I can't find a Kindle link.

    Lance

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    1. Lance, that Kindle version is turning out to be one big pain in the ass. It did not build correctly, even though their on-line previewer made it look just fine. And now they have more hoops for me to jump through. I modified the Blog text to reflect it being not available yet. I'll let people know when (and if) it is.

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  10. Folks, apparently I succeded in getting Blogspot to recognize that "Paul Westfall" is an abusive spammer, and got him banned. But it's obvious that he is now back as "Sean", and is up to his old abusive tricks. He even says the same things.

    I have had to place all comments on "moderated" status. I will approve all relevant and non-abusive comments. Sooner or later this foolish teenager who is starved for attention will go away. He won't get any more abusive comments through.

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  11. Hello Robert. Looking forward to reading your new book. Yeah, Kindle Direct Publishing is twitchy. I've found, in using their Previewer, the final MOBI file doesn't always reflect what goes onto Amazon. To combat this, I proof the actual MOBI file using a regular eBook reader--Caliber works well, as does Adobe.

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  12. Sounds great, Mr Sheaffer.
    Books about Ufology, its history and how it reeks of humanity, are needed much more than the cases thinly supported by evidence which usually include the latest stretching tool meant to maintain interest in a dusty old claims.
    While I encourage research into our universe and everything in it, I think that Ufology teaches us far more about the human condition than it does about any Extra Terrestrial beings.

    All the best,
    Woody

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  13. OK, it looks like the problems with the Kindle version have been straightened out. The text looks fine, and the pictures look better than I expected (using the cloud reader). In a few cases Kindle has truncated the bottom line of the photo caption, but that's about the only problem I see.

    I've updated the Kindle link, you can download it now.

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  14. Kindle works great. Enjoyed what I have read so far.

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  15. >> the real kicker for the researchers was the fact that their simulations also predicted that there would be objects in the Kuiper Belt on orbits inclined perpendicularly to the plane of the planets. Batygin kept finding evidence for these in his simulations and took them to Brown. "Suddenly I realized there are objects like that," recalls Brown. In the last three years, observers have identified four objects tracing orbits roughly along one perpendicular line from Neptune and one object along another. "We plotted up the positions of those objects and their orbits, and they matched the simulations exactly," says Brown. "When we found that, my jaw sort of hit the floor."<<

    https://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-researchers-find-evidence-real-ninth-planet-49523

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  16. I liked Chris Collins'review of your book, which was reprinted on the UFO Chronicles:

    http://www.blueblurrylines.com/2016/01/book-review-bad-ufos-by-robert-sheaffer.html

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  17. I wasn't sure where else to post this, but as I had previously discussed this topic with some members of this forum I figured, why not?

    http://futurism.com/superposition-how-one-thing-can-be-two-places-at-once/

    It is relevant to counter the arguments of debunkers who claim that many of the strange, seemingly impossible features reported of the UFO phenomenon defy the laws of known physics and are therefore impossible--untrue. I am referring to claims made by debunkers arguing that there is no evidence that quantum phenomenon occur at the macro scale. The article above holds a link to the detail of the experiment.

    I think I can remember Zoamchomsky raving with conclusion that all reports of such apparent strange attributes of craft etc, is, in fact, evidence to falsify the report itself as we are well aware that 'non-locality' of physical craft defies our understanding of physics at the macro scale. And that "obviously" these strange inexplicable things only occur at the micro-scale

    So apologies for dragging this from left field but one would think it has relevance to the larger narrative of what is and what is not included in our very exclusive little story book of 'sensible possibilities'

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    1. What exactly does quantum mechanics have to do with manned spaceships?

      What do your comments have to do with this post?

      (And by using "debunkers" to describe people who respect the laws of physics, you look like an ass.)

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  18. What exactly does quantum mechanics have to do with manned spaceships?

    Amusingly, this was yours and others contention when we first discussed it--that the micro (quantum) world cannot be compared to the world at the macro-scale. What is amusing is that you seem to have missed the premise of the article--quirky behaviors of the quantum world were shown to operate at the macro-scale, as "objects" in our world. Though, you and others on here had emphatically claimed that it was physically impossible for a craft to display non-local/linear behaviors, yet the science exists to show that objects at the macro-scale are able to display these qualities

    What do your comments have to do with this post?

    See paragraph above

    (And by using "debunkers" to describe people who respect the laws of physics, you look like an ass.)

    Holding a stubborn ignorance to an outdated version of reality is a very bizarre way of showing respect to science (ha ha). No doubt we will see a burning effort to debunk this little development

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  19. Thanks for the non-answer, Mark, as is your way.

    Let us know when scientists are describing quantum effects in spaceship-size flying objects that contain living beings.

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  20. A shift of the posts is always easier than dealing with defeat, isn't it?

    "Let us know when scientists are describing quantum effects in spaceship-size flying objects that contain living beings"

    This is a disingenuous distraction. Nice try. What is at Issue is plainly possibility vs impossibility according to the known laws of physics. You (and Zoamchomsky) claimed that it was impossible for micro-scale phenomenon to translate to the macro-scale. Not improbable or impossible to know, but impossible full-stop. Had the known laws of physics ruled it out as a possibility? No. It was simply an unknown possibility. Yet you claimed it to be impossible. Funny that. 


    For this, science has shown you to be flatly wrong, and perhaps arrogant, belief-driven and keen on misrepresenting science to make proclamations according to your personal beliefs. 

    I won't speculate as to whether these natural features of our world are being exploited to govern manned craft, but I can say that, in principle, at least, it is possible--and that is all that is at issue here. End of story. 

    I apologize if that hurts your ego.

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    1. “Between 1996 to 2003 four Nobel prizes were given for work related to macroscopic quantum phenomena”

      What this has to do with why people make “UFO” reports, reports in general or any specific report, I have no idea.

      Maybe Mark can tell us, but I predict more of the same wishful thinking—as well as more straw-man, what-if, and the Galileo fallacy.

      What a Hoot!

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  21. I just finished reading it and enjoyed it a lot.
    I'm glad that you acknowledged Peter Brookesmith, I haven't enjoyed a sceptical UFO book as much since his UFO: The Government Files. I'm also glad that you acknowledged Kevin Randle, some of his sceptical ideas in 'A History of UFO Crashes' helped launch me on the skeptical path and some of his better lines have stayed with me since then.

    All the best,
    Woody

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