Magonia is a British magazine focused on UFO phenomena. Its name comes from Passport to Magonia, a book by Ufologist Jacques Vallée. Vallée in turn had borrowed the term from Magonia, a magical land described by French folklore.
The magazine explores related areas of belief and unusual behaviour, focusing on the sociology and social history of UFO believers and related belief systems e.g. imaginary friends, paracosms and trance channelling. The writers, columnists, and editors of Magonia do not support the extraterrestrial hypothesis or ETH, which theorizes that UFOs are vehicles from an advanced extraterrestrial civilization. Instead, Magonia promotes the alternative psychosocial hypothesis to explain UFO sightings and incidents. According to this theory, UFOs are not "real vehicles" in a physical sense, but can instead be explained as a product of psychological and/or social factors acting upon both individuals and large groups of people.
Contributors to Magonia have often been critical of ufologists (particularly American ufologists) who promote the ETH. They have also criticized Jerome Clark, a prominent American Ufologist and historian, but have praised his work on several occasions.
- The UFO Encyclopedia 2nd Edition: The Phenomenon from the Beginning from Magonia 65, November 1998 URL accessed March 06, 2007
- "If You Go Down to the Woods Tonight: another look at the Travis Walton case" by John Harney, 2001; URL accessed March 6, 2007
- see the brief introduction to Invasion of the Barbarian Monsters from Heaven and Hell by Nigel Watson, 1995; URL accessed March 6, 2007
- "A Plague of Aliens Visionary Rumour As Contemporary And Costume Drama" by Peter Brookesmith, From Magonia 60, Summer 1997; URL accessed March 06, 2007