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Flying Saucers Have Landed (Desmond Leslie and George Adamski, 1953) is about UFO's, then called flying saucers, and the second author's encounter with a UFO occupant. Desmond Leslie's contribution is a review of UFO sightings, both recent and ancient, anticipating Erich von Däniken on ancient astronauts. George Adamski's contribution follows, giving some background on himself and his interest in UFO's, and then getting into "The Memorable November Twentieth" of 1952.

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As he tells it, two days before, he arranged to meet with some friends who shared his interest in UFO's, arranging to meet in the southern California desert to look for UFO's. They did so, and after they ate lunch at the side of the road, they saw a huge silvery cylindrical UFO high in the sky. George then backtracked a bit along the road, but the big UFO was soon chased off by some warplanes. He saw a flash behind some hills and he told his companions to stay behind as he went up ahead.

Someone waved at George, and George approached him. He was a young-looking man who wore a dark brown belted jumpsuit, and he had beautiful long blond hair. This gentleman did not understand what George was saying, so George resorted to gestures and telepathy, indicating the Sun and the orbits of Mercury, Venus, and the Earth. This gentleman came from Venus.

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He came here because of our nuclear-bomb tests and how destructive they are, not only to the Earth but to nearby space. George saw the Venusian's RV-sized flying saucer behind him, and the Venusian indicated that both he and it arrived here aboard that big spaceship that George had recently seen. The Venusian indicated that the smaller flying saucers are drones, that Earth people know little of the Creator and his laws, that it would be too dangerous to land in public places, that many other planets are inhabited by human or humanlike entities, and that we get reincarnated.

The Venusian made some footprints with odd doodlings in them, and he then went back to his saucer and departed. George was disappointed that he did not get to photograph the Venusian and that he could not go aboard that saucer. But George rejoined his companions, they took casts of the footprints, and they all departed to tell about their adventures that day.

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The book concludes with George getting some pictures from near his home of flying saucers like that Venusian's one.


This book provides examples of:

  • First Contact: George meeting the Venusian, the first contact in several centuries.
  • Human Aliens: The Venusian himself and the inhabitants of many planets are human(oid).
  • Humans Are Morons: The Venusian came to warn us that we risk destroying ourselves and the rest of the Earth's biota with our nuclear bombs.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: The Venusian has long blond hair, and "In fact, in different clothing he could easily have passed for an unusually beautiful woman; yet he definitely was a man."
  • Reincarnation: about the Venusian's past lives: "Then pointing to himself, he indicated that once he lived here on this Earth: then pointing up into space—but now he is living out there."
  • Science Marches On: Just read the Venus article. 'Nuff said.
  • The Mothership: what that big UFO/spaceship apparently was, a carrier ship for the Venusian's flying saucer.

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