The Saucer Life

60 EpisodesProduced by AJG

A Podcast of Flying Saucer History and Lore

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Encounter 50- Listener Question Extravaganza, Part One

March 13th, 2019

Our first batch of listener questions! Hooray!

And thanks for being around for 50 episodes. I can’t quite believe or understand it…

Encounter 49: Seventies Saucer Zine Scene

February 27th, 2019

Encounter 48: Watch This, Don’t Watch That

February 15th, 2019

In this episode we’re looking at some of the best (and not so great) UFO documentaries out there. There will be more of these, so please hold your …

Encounter 708: We’re Going to Hell for This…

January 28th, 2019

Are aliens demons? Are demons aliens? Does it matter? Is Hell a planet? Come along as we look at how some have answered these questions, mainly though the very fun Round Trip to Hell in a Flying Saucer, a 1955 …

Encounter 707: An Apol a Day

January 14th, 2019

We’re finishing up our look at The Mothman Prophecies with a glimpse of the weirdness that was Keel’s interaction with Mr. Apol (as it was spelled …

Encounter 706: John Keel and The Mothman Prophecies, Part One

December 15th, 2018

We’re back! Sorry for the extended hiatus–non-serious-throat-affecting health issues intervened. Today, we’re beginning our look at The Mothman …

Encounter 705: The Psychometric Express

November 3rd, 2018

We’re going to Venus, Mars, and Jupiter, and you won’t need a flying saucer. William Denton studied the use of “psychometry” allowed his colleagues …

Encounter 704: A Cold Day in West Virginia

October 19th, 2018

In this Encounter we spend a little time with Woodrow Derenberger, Indrid Cold, and try to figure out how a Contactee book that belongs in 1957 …

Encounter 703: The Silver Bridge

October 12th, 2018

Encounter 702: Mothman Unplugged

October 5th, 2018

We’re beginning our look at the Mothman complex of events in the late 60s in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. To start off, we’re going to examine the story as it happened throughout 1966 and 1967, using newspaper …

Bonus Encounter 10: The Cutting Room Floor

October 2nd, 2018

Sometimes, the stuff that gets left out of the episode actually got recorded and even edited. Here’s a selection of the most cogent deleted scenes. There’s a bit of information about real underground bases from …

The Saucerless Life 001: Bigfoot and Davy Crockett

September 29th, 2018

A new thing–short (5 minutes or so) diversions when something cool comes up that has nothing to do with UFOs, but is still within the broad …

Encounter 701: Bigfeet from Space

September 28th, 2018

We’re kicking off a series of stories about the intersections between flying saucers and…other stuff… a look at Bigfoot, Sasquatch, any variety of hairy creature. I can almost guarantee that you’ll hear Bigfoot …

Encounter 607: Odds, Ends, and Updates

September 21st, 2018

For every episode of The Saucer Life, there are stories, comments, and ideas that I either am not able to fit into the show or (more often) I don’t think of until after it’s done. As a palate cleanser before finishing …

Encounter 606: In-Credo-ble Stories

September 5th, 2018

Apologies for the cheesy episode title. I couldn’t resist.

In this Encounter, we’re remaining in Africa looking at a figure I mentioned last time, …

Encounter 605: Africa

August 15th, 2018

The globe-trotting continues as we go to Africa and hear a story that has gotten little to no coverage in the UFO field (that I’m aware of), then take a brief detour to discuss Credo Mutwa, touching on the ways he …

Bonus Encounter 9: One Year

August 6th, 2018

Encounter 604: Umm…What?

August 1st, 2018

To Spain! And France a little, but mostly…to Spain!

The Ummo Affair is, in my opinion, one of the most bizarre and intriguing events in saucer …

Encounter 603: Martian From The Rear

July 20th, 2018

Above, author Cedric Allingham (top) and the Martian he claimed to have seen

I’m not sure I can call this a Contactee episode, but sure, why not. …

Encounter 602: The Mysterious Case of the Lead Masks

July 6th, 2018

We’re getting out of the US for the summer. In this Encounter, we’ll look at a very strange case from Brazil in which flying saucers are almost irrelevant in the face of the terrestrial weirdness going on . In coming …

Encounter 601: Me and You and a Dog Named Bo

June 23rd, 2018

It’s back to the 1950s this week with one of the most interesting Contactees of that period, Buck Nelson. Giant dogs, rants about canned pork and …

Encounter 507: The Hollow(ed) Earth

June 14th, 2018


We finish up our “90s Strike Back” series with The Hollow(ed) Earth, an examination of the explosion of “Underground Alien Base” tales that …

Encounter 506: 1997

June 3rd, 2018

Encounter 505: Esotericon Saucer Interlude

May 22nd, 2018

Top (l to r): Ryan Sprague, Micah Hanks, and Walter Bosley; Left: Greg Bishop; Right: Tim Binnall


We’re taking a quick break from the 1990s to …

Encounter 504: Read These 90s Books!

May 9th, 2018

It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, so in this Encounter, I’m going to tell you about four books from the 1990s and tell you why you …

Encounter 503: Little Gray Men

May 9th, 2018

You can’t talk about the Saucer Life in the 1990s without at least a nod in the direction of the “alien abduction” phenomenon. In this encounter we’re going to be looking at two very different interpretations of the …

Encounter 502: The Truth! Fridays on Fox!

April 28th, 2018

Not to get all nostalgic, but that first season of The X-Files takes me back, I tell you what. From the not-quite-right recitations of UFO lore to …

Encounter 501: Behold a Pale Cooper

April 23rd, 2018

Welcome to Series 5: The 90s Strike Back! In this episode, we’ll examine the work of Bill Cooper, perhaps the key figure in the blending of UFO and …

Bonus Encounter 8: Remembering Art Bell

April 14th, 2018

Art Bell, pioneer paranormal radio host, died at his home in Pahrump, Nevada, April 13, 2018. These are just a few thoughts about the man and his …

Encounter 406: Do YOU Remember Lemuria?

April 10th, 2018

We’re finishing off Series 4 by increasing the pace of releases from every two weeks to every ten days or so. We think this will be sustainable, so …

Bonus Encounter 7: The 2006 O’Hare Saucer Sighting

April 7th, 2018

Encounter 405: There’s this Thing Called the Internet

April 1st, 2018

In this Encounter, we’re looking at a few examples of what was out there on the earlier, pre-www Internet. From jokey posts clearly not meant to be taken seriously, to intriguing supposed revelations of “the truth,” …

Encounter 404: Unidentified Flying Candle in the Wind

March 18th, 2018

In this installment, we’re looking at the theory that Marilyn Monroe was murdered to prevent her from revealing the truth about the government flying saucer cover-up! We’ve got a book, a questionable CIA document, some …

Encounter 403: The Aftermath

March 5th, 2018

This is what happened next. Did the world end? Even a little? Follow the trail of Dorothy Martin, Charles Laughead, and the prophecy’s impact on the …

Encounter 402: The End of the World

February 19th, 2018

In this episode, we begin the story of Dorothy Martin and her prophecies of cataclysms that would strike the world. She received these via channeled …

Encounter 401- You Can’t Say that on Television

February 4th, 2018

We’re starting our fourth batch of episodes and, to get you the best quality (ha!) possible, we’re going to be bi-weekly for the foreseeable future. This time around, we’re examining stories in which the saucer life …

Bonus Encounter 6: “BE NORMAL!” George Adamski at Giant Rock, 1955

January 26th, 2018

Encounter 306: The Saucers Spoke

January 21st, 2018

This week, we look at George Hunt Williamson, one of the classic 1950s Contactees whose work stretched into a number of different facets of the Saucer world, and beyond. There’s more to Williamson’s story, but we’ll be …

Encounter 305: The Robertson Panel

January 14th, 2018

In early 1953, the CIA convened a panel of scientists to investigate whether or not flying saucers were a threat. We’re going to look at what happened next.

The most complete version of the report is here if you want …

Encounter 304: Adamski Exposed! Or Not!

January 7th, 2018

Bonus Encounter 5: New Year’s Confessions of a (sort of) Man in Black

December 31st, 2017

Bonus Encounter 4: Holiday Saucer Poetry Slam

December 24th, 2017

‘Twas the Week Before Christmas,
and all through the house
some guy was recording a podcast episode.

So: my Christmas gift to you all; here’s some flying saucer poetry for you. More accurately, here’s some poetry …


December 20th, 2017

Just a very quick take on the recent news from the New York Times about Pentagon study of UFOs, the connections to private money, and the long …

Encounter 303: Read This Book- Flying Saucer Occupants

December 17th, 2017

In this Encounter, we’re looking at an incredibly popular book from the late 1960s, Coral and Jim Lorenzen’s Flying Saucer Occupants. The stories …

Encounter 302: Ashtar Watches Over Us

December 11th, 2017

In this Encounter, we’ll take a look at the the entity known as Ashtar and the cast of extraterrestrial characters that he commands. From his emergence through the writings and teachings of George van Tassel, the …

Encounter 301: A Good Old Fashioned Ether Frolic

December 4th, 2017

Welcome to series 3, in which we’ll focus on the broad themes of mind, body, and spirit. It’s “mind” this week with Meade Layne, Mark Probert, channeled messages about the Etherians, and a story of some early, somewhat …

Encounter 206: And then the Feds Showed Up…

November 27th, 2017

It’s the Series 2 finale! We’re digging deeper into an entity we saw briefly in Encounter 204:the Detroit Flying Saucer Club. We’ll see one example of “government interest in flying saucers” and why it really was never …

Bonus Encounter 2: I Spoke with an Earth-Man!

November 22nd, 2017

A quickie that got left on the cutting room floor from Encounter 203 and Encounter 204. It’s a Contactee story in reverse from the pages of Nexus and you’ll probably recognize at least one of the characters.

And yes, …

Encounter 205: Airships over America

November 20th, 2017

Encounter 204: The Zine Scene, 1954 (Part Two)

November 13th, 2017

This week, we conclude our epic look at 1954 through four flying saucer zines and newsletters (The APRO Bulletin, Saucerian, Nexus, and Vimana).

As …

Encounter 203: The Zine Scene, 1954 (Part One)

November 6th, 2017

This week we start our look at 1954 through the pages of four flying saucer newsletters and magazines. While this wasn’t the biggest year for sightings in the US, there was no lack of news or controversy. The Al Bender …

Encounter 202: The Saucer (Love) Life

October 30th, 2017

Romance and flying saucers certainly aren’t an unheard-of pairing (check out Encounter 106 if you doubt me) but few interplanetary romances were as intense or interesting as that of South Africa’s Elizabeth Klarer in …

Encounter 201: Will the real OH KRILL Please Stand Up?

October 23rd, 2017

Welcome to Series 2! In this encounter we travel to the heady days of the 1980s and look at a number of documents, events, and people who would have …

Encounter 106: “This Queen of Women was the Lady Captain!”

October 9th, 2017

One week ahead of schedule–don’t get used to it! This week we meet Truman Bethurum, who was the second contactee and who met a stunning space …

Encounter 105: They Met the Space Brothers (and Sisters)

October 3rd, 2017

This time around, we’re looking at the contactees–those who thought they had physical or psychic contact with human-appearing space aliens. Their messages were often more earthly than cosmic and they’re a lot of fun. …

Bonus Encounter 1: A History of UFO Crashes

October 2nd, 2017

This is the talk I gave on September 30 at the 50th Anniversary Festival commemorating the Shag Harbour UFO Incident in Shag Harbour, Nova Scotia. A few notes. First, the ending is a bit rushed and lacking detail near …

Encounter 104: Read These Books!

September 19th, 2017

A change of pace this time, as we look at four books that either are–or, I predict, one day will be considered–classics in the realm of flying saucer lore. Purchase the books below, or check out your local library!

Encounter 103: “A Creature from the Blackest Memory of your Fears”

September 4th, 2017

Artist’s impression of the Flatwoods monster by Tim Bertelink, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Flatwoods Monster appeared in Braxton County, West Virginia in …

Encounter 102: Of all the Things to Wish upon a Person–Al Bender and the Men in Black

August 22nd, 2017

In this episode, we’ll be looking at the story of Albert K. Bender and the origins of the Men in Black strand of flying saucer lore. Bender’s story is an odd one and, in my opinion, oddly touching. As a special treat, …

Encounter 101: General Principles and the Story of Helen

August 7th, 2017

Welcome to our first episode! In this brief encounter, we’ll introduce the basic idea behind The Saucer Life, explore a flying saucer book I am almost positive you’ve never even heard of, much less read, and look down …

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