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In 1987, Rob and I walked into a Walden’s Bookstore in a Fort Lauderdale mall, and there, on the most prominent display, was a copy of Whitley Strieber’s groundbreaking book, Communion, with that iconic grey alien face on the cover. Something clicked for me when I saw it.
A year or so earlier, Rob and I had covered a UFO conference in Hollywood Florida for OMNI Magazine, and had spent some time with Budd Hopkins, who alluded to a book by a well-known fiction writer that was basically going to blow the socks off of the UFO community. He didn’t give us the writer’s name, but that day in Walden’s, when I saw that book cover, I knew.
In the many years since, I’ve followed Strieber’s career with great interest. In my astrology book Creative Stars, his chart and career are the focus for the chapter on Geminis, my sign as well. And at the time, I hoped I would get to meet him in person one day because I had a lot of questions. That meeting did come to pass in 2017, after our being guests several times on his popular podcast, Dreamland. And yes, many of my questions were answered in his newest book, A New World.
This book is his most personal, following his visitor experiences through the years and his own evolution of beliefs about who or what these visitors are. At some point in reading this, I realized that Strieber may be more than an author and explorer of the psychic realm. He may well be a mystic, one of those individuals who delves so deeply into a matrix the rest of us only glimpse – if we’re lucky! – that if we ignore what he says and believes – we do so at our own peril.
When the book he and radio host Art Bell co-wrote called The Coming Global Superstorm became the movie The Day After Tomorrow, I thought, Wow, there’s hope for the reality of climate change. But that isn’t going to happen under the trump admin.
Strieber lost his wife and creative partner, Anne, in August 2015. They have since written a book together, The Afterlife Revolution. Yes, he meditated and she responded. Think it’s too weird? Think again. This kind of weirdness is part of the terrain of A New World, a matrix of reality that many of us sense – and then dismiss.
Anyone with even an iota of interest in the realm of the unknown, the mysterious, should read this book. It’s dense with information that is cleverly woven within the context of Strieber’s experiences and ultimately proves to be a mind-bending read that alters your concept of what reality is.