MJ Banias

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We are haunted by UFOs. They drift in and out of our culture in movies and on television, on billboards and in books. They are everywhere. However, for one small community, they are much more than the fodder of science fiction storytelling – they alter the entire fabric of reality.

Part narrative journey and part cultural study, The UFO People is a challenge to the UFO subculture and the broader public to recognize that UFOs, and the people who study them, challenge societal norms, institutions, and the many ideologies we assume to be true. This book tells the stories of UFO witnesses and experiencers of the paranormal, and ties in interviews and research of some of the most famous and infamous names in the UFO subculture. With critical questions that touch on history, gender, race, culture and philosophy, this book questions the very nature of UFOs and the people who study them. It delves into the reality that the UFO phenomenon, real or not, abandons us to a ghostly realm where nothing should be taken for granted.

Take a journey into a curious culture and meet individuals who have been forever changed by the impossible. Meet the UFO people.


“MJ Banias’ The UFO People: A Curious Culture is an alluring and captivating exploration not so much of the UFO phenomenon as the people who become obsessed with it. The author’s training in critical theory and philosophy informs his discussion of what can, and what cannot, be known about the phenomenon. He has done his homework, interviewing some of the major scientific players in the field, such as Dr. Hal Puthoff, Dr. Garry Nolan, and Dr. Christopher Greene, among others.

Banias identifies that UFO phenomena are so many things that the word “UFO” is practically meaningless, while also revealing that the “believers” and scientists who study these phenomena are as interesting as the phenomena themselves.

Banias is the first UFO researcher, to my knowledge, to tackle the ontological reality of something that doesn’t seem to exist. Instead of attempting to identify the “hardware,” the nuts and bolts of crafts, etc., Banias tackles the phenomenon from a macro-perspective and situates it within the collective human psyche. The UFO People is one of the best books to come along that offers a new theoretical framework for this confusing, but nonetheless captivating, topic. For anyone interested in social history, UFOs, or just looking for an interesting and engaging read, this is their book.”

Diana Walsh Pasulka – Professor, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Author, ‘American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, Technology.’

“MJ Banias brings a different look at ufology and ufologists, covering the waterfront from his personal investigation of UFO cases to his conversations with some of the most controversial figures in the field. But beyond that, he calls on his background in philosophy to ask deep questions about the UFO phenomenon and the UFO community itself, wondering if the marginalized “ghosts” of aliens and paranormal denizens are any more or less “real” than other beliefs in modern society, deconstructing what we know, don’t know, and think we know about UFOs.”

Chris Rutkowski – Science writer and Fortean scholar, author of ten books on eclectic phenomena and co-author of ‘When They Appeared.’


MJ Banias is an educator and writer. His popular blog, Terra Obscura, critically examines how philosophy and culture affect society’s understanding of anomalous phenomena, including UFOs. He has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows. His work has been featured in Fortean Times Magazine, FATE Magazine and in the book UFOs: Reframing the Debate (White Crow Books). He is a regular contributor to the website, Mysterious Universe and hosts his own YouTube channel. He lives in Canada with his wife, two children, and a massive cat.

Publisher: August Night Books
Published April 2019
202 pages
Size: 229 x 152 mm