Area 51 book is thought-provoking despite Roswell story

By Steve Hammons

(This article originally appeared on the Transcendent TV & Media site at

The new book about Area 51 by writer Annie Jacobsen has triggered controversy about what actually crashed – if anything – near Roswell, New Mexico, in the summer of 1947.

The explanation for the Roswell incident, reportedly from a retired scientist, that Jacobsen reports seems far-fetched to many readers.

Yet, her book seems to lead many people to wonder about connections between classified defense aerospace activities and ideas about much more exotic spacecraft and technologies from “somewhere else.”

Are there connections between secret, advanced relatively-conventional aerospace development and the acquisition of aerospace technology that is “unconventional?”

Rumors, reports, tales and even deathbed affidavits have surrounded the Roswell case for many years now, as have stories and accounts about Area 51. Yet, the unusual story that connects the two in Jacobsen’s book may be bringing such research to the attention of a much wider audience.

News clip, July 1947


Even in Hollywood, this subject is currently the focus of creative exploration. Producers Bryce Zabel and Don Most are moving forward on a film project called “Majic Men” about two real-life well-known researchers who uncovered very interesting elements of the Roswell situation.

Other interested people are not focused on movies or books, but rather on the sharing of sensitive technologies that may have been obtained or learned about.

Have any of the alleged advanced technology and knowledge made its way beyond very classified defense activities? Is it happening now? Can advanced understanding like this help us today or maybe someday?

Maybe such knowledge could help us achieve a better life and a more prosperous, forward-looking human society. Maybe we could make quantum leaps in outer space travel along with greater understanding about “inner space.”

Although some researchers and members of the public find tales of secret projects and strange UFO incidents fascinating, many people tend to write off such stories as part of overactive imaginations.

The truth may be that there exist both overactive imaginations as well as real situations that we should know more about.


We probably don’t need classified documents and mysterious witnesses to learn more about the theories, speculation and some apparent evidence related to exotic objects that have been reported by very reliable witnesses over the years.

A robust amount of valid information is available in open, public sources – “open source intelligence” or OSINT.

With a little common sense and an open mind, anyone who is curious about the Roswell case and related defense efforts can find plenty of reasonably reliable perspectives and interesting circumstantial evidence in libraries, bookstores and on the internet.

Nonfiction, creative fiction and fact-based fiction can often blend in some of these sources and resources. Movies and TV shows also sometimes mix reasonable speculation with far-out scripts and special effects.

But, maybe all of these OSINT platforms do provide the valuable service of making available thought-provoking information about places like Roswell and Area 51.

If there is any truth to some of the stories of extraterrestrial or unusual visitors coming to Earth in advanced spacecraft or even stranger methods of travel, we probably have a “need to know” about the general circumstances.

Finding the balance between keeping some information protected and releasing other knowledge could have been a challenging task over the years, if you believe the stories about Roswell.

Today, some people call the UFO situation “an open secret” and say that disclosure about UFOs has essentially already happened.

Maybe slowly and gradually, adequate amounts of information and understanding have now reached a large enough population of us humans. Maybe one of these days we will get to a tipping point where our accepted view of what is real undergoes a significant change.


NOTE TO READERS: Hammons is author of the novels Mission Into Light and the sequel, Light’s Hand. Please visit his Joint Recon Study Group site at and Transcendent TV & Media site at

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