After Disclosure Book Cover, Keyhole Press
Until recently, I never thought about what life would be like if the government ever disclosed the “secrets” about UFOs they are said to be hiding. I have a hard time envisioning that future. Although my gift is creative writing, my specialty (and university major) fell into the non-fiction concentration. Most of all, I lack the patience to come up with all of the “what-ifs” that come with topics like UFO disclosure.
Other people have that gift of imagination, coupled with the patience, that is necessary to paint that picture of what life might be like if it did happen.
Bryce Zabel is one of those people.
Zabel started out working in broadcast journalism after earning his B.A. in the same, at the University of Oregon. He worked for KVOA News 4 here in Tucson for a year in 1979. He was a CNN correspondent after that, before he started flexing his creative muscles as a television producer, director and writer. His television credits include creating/developing, writing and producing the UFO-conspiracy series, Dark Skies and M.A.N.T.I.S., and others, in the mid and late 90′s.
He was elected and served for two years as the chairman/CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2001. Many will recall that Zabel rescheduled the Emmy Award show twice after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. Zabel left office in 2003 due to his eventful tenure in office “feeling like two”. Since then, he scripted The Poseidon Adventure (2005, NBC), Blackbeard (2006, Hallmark), and Pandemic (2007, Hallmark), among many others.
Zabel and Dolan, co-authors of "AD: After Disclosure"
A different project
Last year, Zabel added a different project to his already full plate, and co-authored a book about UFO disclosure with historian Richard Dolan.
Richard Dolan’s work includes UFOs and the National Security State, which presents a chronological history of UFOs and Extraterrestrials starting from 1947.
The collaboration between Zabel’s futuristic imagination and Dolan’s in-depth knowledge of the past has produced a thought-provoking book called:
A.D. After Disclosure: The People’s Guide to Life After Contact.
Director Stan Lee said of the book:
“I’ve imagined this future many times, but these guys actually wrote the book on it! Zabel and Dolan have brilliantly created a compelling blend of history and informed speculation that makes their exciting world seem like tomorrow’s news today. Don’t dare miss it! ‘Nuff said.” – Stan Lee, Creator, Spiderman, X-Men, Avengers
I had the pleasure of talking to Bryce Zabel last week about the book. Like myself, Zabel has never seen a UFO and has never made the acquaintance with an extraterrestrial. His delving into the topic with Dolan was related to his years of Hollywood writing experience.
He shared: “I am just a recovering journalist who got a few jobs in Hollywood and was lucky enough to be paid to write some material that dealt with the UFO issue. I delved deeply into the research, because I wanted to do a reasonable and quality job on the projects that I was writing. The more I read, the more I realized this was the real deal.” He added: “There are physical objects of some kind that are flying around in our skies that aren’t ours. Beyond that, it turns into a point of speculation.”
The book comes just months after Leslie Kean’s New York Times Bestseller: UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Official Go On the Record was released. Kean’s book presents only the facts of noteworthy UFO incidents. Official documents and interviews with officials is all you will read in her book, not speculation. There is no supposition about where UFOs come from. Kean’s book ignites questions within the mind of the reader. It inspires the reader to think for themselves about the “what ifs”, based on the facts presented.
Zabel said of Kean’s book: “Thank god Leslie Kean wrote that book. It’s a fantastic book. I would like to think that Leslie Kean’s book is the predicate for our book. Because people have read her book, which basically establishes the validity of UFO reality, we don’t have to embrace that standard in ‘After Disclosure’. We can instead just look forward.”
I agree that ‘After Disclosure’ does offer a natural extension of the speculation that Kean’s book inspires from just the facts she presents. This segue into the speculation of what could happen after disclosure doesn’t cover just one possibility. Just about very possibility one could imagine is offered and examined. The authors speculate how disclosure (Full, Partial or False) might occur from day one, then they move on to examine how all other aspects of life could change.
It also delves into who or what the entities behind UFOs are, whether they are earth-based or from the the depths of space. It speculates what they might want, or if they want nothing. I could go on, but this book covers everything. The possibilities give the brain quite a work-out through each possibility offered, if and when the proverbial cat is out of bag. The most interesting is the examination is how our lives could change from day one. Everything is examined from the economy to media coverage.
Today’s UFO coverage in the mainstream media
In the weeks prior to discussing the book last week with Zabel, he and I had touched base about the media coverage of a press conference in September. Few journalists attended that press conference, which brought together retired military men alleging that UFOs had interfered with nuclear facilities – a matter of national security. John Kelly of The Washington Post attended that conference, but said that he only attended for the yummy cookies and pastries that the National Press Club serves to guests. His resulting article was simply bizarre. In addition to my post on the subject, Zabel posted an open letter to The Washington Post.
Zabel did receive a response from John Kelly, who said that the assignment desk wasn’t interested about the story and that he went on a lark at the last minute.
Whether other members of the media were embarrassed about being seen at the conference, or simply deemed it to be unimportant, is open for speculation. Many members of the media did ultimately view and write about the press conference, because it was broadcast via streaming online video. The barrier that kept me home was financial, as I am unpaid for my writing, but I did watch from home.
My personal “what if” in this whole disclosure scenario is that if there ever is disclosure, what would the mainstream media do? There’s no doubt that they already cover the subject, for the page views it generates, and for entertainment value. The book examines mainstream media coverage, in-depth, and offers a prediction of media coverage after disclosure.
Zabel’s journalistic background gives him the authority to foretell what would happen, in one of my favorite passages from the book:
“Almost instantly, the media will switch from its historic joke-and-skepticism relationship with the UFO story to exploiting it – as if they had been on top of it all along. Journalists will be brazen enough to create background reports laying out their own complicity, the media covering itself yet again.”
‘After Disclosure’: To read or not to read
I think that this book is worth a read. As I mentioned before, just about every aspect related to the possibility of disclosure, and after disclosure, is brilliantly examined. There is no other book like it out there, and it does complement Leslie Kean’s book very nicely. It would find a nice home on bookshelves next to hers.
The book was published by Keyhole Publishing, in hardcover. The book retails at $24.95. Assorted eBook editions are available, and yes, for Kindle, too.
Copyright © 2010 Cherlyn Gardner Strong
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