The Worker's Cauldron

Abducted! Part 2: Aliens at the End of History

October 28, 2021 Season 3 Episode 5
The Worker's Cauldron
Abducted! Part 2: Aliens at the End of History
Show Notes

Having discussed the first landmark cases of alien abduction in the last episode, this week we investigate the explosion of abduction claims in the 1980s and 1990s. We discuss the works of artist turned hypnotist Budd Hopkins, the strange encounters of author Whitley Streiber, the alien hybrid theories of historian David Jacobs, and the spiritual alien ideas of the late great John Mack. While alien abduction stories have existed since the 1960s, why did they become a pop-culture sensation during this era, with thousands of otherwise normal Americans claiming remarkable encounters with beings from other worlds?

Bonus content: When Baywatch went paranormal


Jodi Dean, Aliens in America: Conspiracy Cultures from Outerspace to Cyberspace

Diana Tumminia (ed) Alien Worlds: Social and Religious Dimensions of Extraterrestrial Contact

Roger Luckhurst: The Science-Fictionalization of Trauma: Remarks on Narratives of Alien Abduction

Laura Thursby: The Trauma of Missing Time in Alien Abductions

Thomas Bullard: UFO Abduction Reports: The Supernatural Kidnap Narrative Returns in Technological Guise

Bridget Brown: The Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves: The History and Politics of Alien Abduction

Wide Atlantic Weird Podcast: Budd Hopkins' Intruders: How Alien Abductions Got So Popular

The Oprah Winfrey Show: Siblings' "Bizarre" Story of Being Abducted by Aliens

An introduction to Frederic Jameson's ideas on postmodernity

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