Looking for Orthon

Looking for Orthon by Colin Bennett

Book Description
In a literary tour-de-force, Colin Bennett advances the daring thesis “that the defining moment of the twentieth century will prove to be 12.30 pm on Thursday, 20 November, 1952, when George Adamski met Orthon, a long-haired youth from Venus. It happened in the Californian desert in the presence of witnesses. From that moment the cat was out of the bag, the space people were among us, and nothing has ever been the same since… The effects of this on popular culture are to be seen everywhere… In the modern imagination the UFO is a constant, not just a space-craft but a reminder that the world is not as rational as our educators pretend.. [Adamski] was an impressive old rogue, like Madame Blavatsky and in the same tradition. Such people, according to Plato are the kind whom the gods choose to enlighten us.” -- From the Foreword by John Michell, author of The New View Over Atlantis and Flying Saucer Vision.


 “This study of Adamski has got to be one of the most eagerly-awaited UFO books to appear in the last few years. A worthy book indeed for every student of flying saucers.” (Bob Girard, Arcturus Books)

“Bennett walks a subtle, sophisticated, and brilliant line between idolatry on the one hand and harsh scientific scepticism on the other.” (Gazelle Books Esoterica Catalogue)

“One of the most brilliantly written UFO books I have ever come across” Jeff Rense, Paranet Radio

“No book better illuminates how UFO lore originated than Looking for Orthon” Louise Lowry, World of the Strange

“This book shines a whole new light onto America’s most known UFO Spotter - was Adamski a hoaxer? One thing is for sure you cant ignore Looking for Orthon by Colin Bennett. - C.Whitlock  UFO UK

“…the potential to be one of the all time greats in the history of Ufology … a masterpiece”  Sheryl Gottschall, UFO Encounter

“…if  you choose to acquire Orthon you will not be disappointed by its contents.” Kate Miller UFO Magazine (Britain)

“Just finished the book: brilliant, masterpiece!!!!!!!!!!!!”  Michele Bugliaro

"I really enjoyed this book" Jerome Clark, Editor The International UFO Reporter and author of The UFO Encyclopedia

“Thanks for a very perceptive book” Jacques Vallee, author of Passport to Magonia.

 “We are reading the book with very much interest and amazement” Jun-ichi Kato, Director of the Organization of UFO Research Japan (OUR-J).

“…fascinating, amusing, confounding, occasionally insightful, and all in all delightful Looking for Orthon” Karl Pflock author of Roswell : Inconvenient Facts and the Will to Believe  

“Looking for Orthon is the ufological dog’s bollocks. It will put the sceptics to rout”.

Panzerben  Sharkley,  F**K Magazine

“We actually read this Bennett book word for word, and that is a rare thing for us to do. He is an intellectual of the old school.” Jim Moseley, Editor, Saucer Smear

“.. original and most excellent…all ufologists should read this outstanding book” John Chambers, Fortean Times 160

“I loved it! Send it to Jacques Vallee!”    Hal Puthoff, author of Mindreach

“Put Looking for Orthon  on top of the book pile for reading this summer, right next to the new edition of Loren Coleman’s classic biography of Texas oil millionaire Tom Slick. The tone of Bennett’s book  is set in the Foreword by John Michell. Colin Bennett is quite right in what he says here, that in the world of art and literature, during and after Adamski’s time, talk of UFOs and related subjects was in no way cool, hip, PC or the proper thing.  Right-wing  types disliked it for upsetting established patterns of thought, while intellectuals saw it as a plot to divert attention from their revolution.”

Kenn Thomas, Steamshovel Press.

“Plainly stated, 'Looking for Orthon' is one of the most compelling treatments of the UFO phenomenon ever written. Superficially, 'Looking for Orthon' can be read as a biography of the late flying saucer contactee George Adamski, but it's much more; Bennett probes the innards of 20th century society with an intellectual and literary dexterity seldom encountered in popular works on UFOs.

            Bennett treats Adamski's bizarre story as the multilayered mythological enigma that it is, recreating the heady and beautifully weird circumstances in which Adamski, good-natured opportunist and hobbyist astronomer, came into contact with a man from Venus: an event, Bennett argues, that rattled the world's epistemological bedrock - even if it never happened. There aren't very many books that address reality-challenging issues as ably or as wittily as Bennett's. 'Looking for Orthon'. It is a must for anyone seeking the roots of the postmodern condition, and destined to be a classic.” Mac Tonnies

“Bennett questions the value of accepted norms such as true or false, real and fake, frequently characterizing such distinctions as “industrial”.  In Hindu/Theosophical thought, (which Adamski followed) the phenomenal world itself is illusion. Therefore, anything can happen – or sort of happen, especially if there is a collision of “metaphors”. This combination of biography, polemic and amateur ontology  by a Robert Anton Wilson wannabe, shows Lee Harvey Oswald as being the same sort of pan-dimensional figure as Adamski.” David F. Godwin (Fate July 2002)

“…a knock-out work of solid history…a complete view of the pathos and chicanery that was George Adamski…a fascinating and raucous trip”

Wendy Connors, author of Summer of the Saucers

Copies of Looking for Orthon may be obtained from Amazon, Arcturus Books (rgirard321@aol.com), or in Great Britain from:

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  Looking for Orthon: Chapters 

1.   When we Imagine We Create a Form of Life                       

2.   Meeting in the Desert                     

3.   Saucer Nights on Palomar               

4.   Enter Desmond Leslie                     

5.   Orthon’s Shoes and Mr. Silas Newton                                 

6.   Cargo Perspectives

7.   The Ufonauts are the Liars, Not the Contactees

8.   The Doll’s House Machine

9.   The Last Contact                

10. Entertainment State is Born 

11. Management of Mysteries               

12. The Sub Plot                                   

13. America Mystica: 1958                   

14. Adamski’s 1959 World Tour

15. Winter on the Magic Mountain         

16. Miracles Must be Small and Not Happen Very Often

17. Things that Haunt the Outer Edge    


“Adamski had something in him of the dark genius of the covered  wagon and riverboat  rascals of Mark Twain and Herman Melville. Like Howard Hughes and L. Ron Hubbard, he brought down fire, if not from heaven, certainly from an elemental somewhere. But unlike Hughes and Hubbard, he didn’t make any money, and so America ignored him.

            But America will have to face Adamski sooner or later, and bring him, if reluctantly, into the pantheon of scarred American heroes. Like many with a streak of genius, he didn’t really know the difference between work and play, dream and religious impulse, inspiration and rational thought. But his faulty intellectual grasp saved him: it allowed him to play with all these things, and in playing he chanced upon something that talked to him. But like Francois Seurel in Alain-Fournier’s novel Le Grand Meaulnes, Adamski was to lose the enchanted house in the forest that once he saw. Like Ahab, the quest finally consumed him, and like Hemingway’s Old Man, he was left with only fragments of wonder as a magical defiance of time and decay. When we say that what Adamski saw was created by his “imagination,” we show how far our world has fallen, not progressed. We seem to have forgotten that there is nothing at all which is not conceived by the imagination, and that includes “fact” in itself. In forgetting this, we have lost the long trail between the ravings of visionaries in back rooms, the launch of a space station, and the death of a President. If Adamski’s life can do anything at all, it can teach us how to rediscover that trail.” 

Previewing in Philosophy Now (October/November 2002 No 38). Major New Scientist review coming up this Autumn, with FATE magazine review by Sean Casteel.

“For sheer ability Colin Bennett probably has no equal…a marvellous work.”

Kate Miller, UFO Magazine UK, September 2002

The Life, Work and Ideas of Charles Fort

Colin Bennett is the author of Looking for Orthon (Paraview Press, New York, with Foreword by John Michell), The Entertainment Bomb (New Futurist Books), and The Infantryman’s Fear of Open Country (Fourth Estate). He is also a feature writer and reviewer for the Fortean Times.

Politics of the Imagination is published by Critical Vision, an imprint of Head Press, Manchester, with a Foreword by John Keel, author of The Mothman Prophecies

 Born in Albany, New York, in 1874, Charles Fort spent almost his entire life searching through periodicals in the New York Public Library and the British Museum, compiling evidence to show that science was a mere façade which concealed as much as it claimed to have discovered. In a series of four books –the Book of the Damned, New Lands, Lo! And Wild Talents – he argued that explanations are far more fantastic than the things they are supposed to explain, and that we only use them to get some sleep at night. Science, believed Fort, was a new form of social control whose object was to conceal the fantastical nature of the universe by means of editing out paradoxes, contradictions, miracles, paranormal events – anything that was unusual or which did not fit into a set scheme of things. This earned him the title “foe of science” as  the New York Times described Fort in its obituary.

Chapter 1: Imagination Wars

Chapter 2: Walter Mitty Strikes Back

Chapter 3: Gas Lamp Theatre

Chapter 4: Marketing Belief

Chapter 5: Intermediate States

Chapter 6: The Quest for Oswald: Facts as Art Form

Appendix: Scepticism as Mystique

"Scepticism as Mystique is fabulous, and radical. It's easily the best essay I've read on sceptics in many, many years. It could be a bolt of lightening for those far outside the Fortean community" George Hansen, author of The Trickster and the Paranormal.

Price £12.99

Pages 176pp


Publication July 27, 2002

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Politics of the Imagination may be purchased from any UK bookshop, or online from Amazon.co.uk In the USA, it can be ordered from Arcturus Books 1443 S.E. Port St. Lucie Boulevard. Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952

“Politics of the Imagination follows on from Bennett’s successful Looking for Orthon. It exercises your brain like it has rarely been exercised before. Don’t find yourself without it”

Bob Girard, Arcturus Books.

“…this excellent new work delves deep into the into the changes that racked society in the dying days of the 19th century. While mention of the quirks and foibles of the cosmic joker is made they are used as the thinnest of skeletons for the author to hang his image of Fort as an anarchist flying the face of scientific convention. The work is concise, well written and scholarly. Although the approach makes this a complex book to read, the effort is repaid tenfold. Some of the insights almost literally leap from the page and lodge in the reader’s brain.”

Brian Allan http://www.beyondpublications.com

“I was delighted to read your book. Reading through it I kept being by the thoughts it inspires. It is good to see work like yours coming out. Congratulations!” John Michell.

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