Meade Layne

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Meade Layne (September 8, 1882 – May 12, 1961)[1] was an early researcher of ufology and parapsychology, best known for proposing an early version of the interdimensional hypothesis to explain flying saucer sightings.[2] Layne was the founder and first director of Borderland Sciences Research Associates.[3] Prior to his public work studying ufos, Layne was professor at the University of Southern California, and English department head at Illinois Wesleyan University and Florida Southern College.[1]


Layne speculated that, rather than representing advanced military or extraterrestrial technology, flying saucers were piloted by beings from a parallel dimension, which he called Etheria, and their "ether ships" were usually invisible but could be seen when their atomic motion became slow enough.[2][4] He further claimed that Etherians could become stranded on the terrestrial plane when their ether ships malfunctioned,[5] and that various governments were aware of these incidents and had investigated them.[5]

Furthermore, Layne argued that Etherians and their ether ships inspired much of earth's mythology and religion,[2] but that they were truly mortal beings despite having a high level of technological and spiritual advancement.[2] He claimed that their motive in coming to the terrestrial plane of existence was to reveal their accumulated wisdom to humanity.[6] These revelations would be relayed through individuals with sufficiently developed psychic abilities, allowing them to contact the Etherians and communicate with them directly;[5][7] in particular, he relied extensively on the mediumship of Mark Probert as confirmation of his theories.[8]


  • Layne, Meade, The Ether Ship Mystery And Its Solution, San Diego, Calif., 1950.
  • Layne, Meade, The Coming of The Guardians, San Diego, Calif., 1954.

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  1. ^ a b "Borderland Sciences Research Associates". Borderland Sciences Research Foundation. Archived from the original on January 1, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d Reece 2007, p. 16.
  3. ^ Constable, Trevor James. "The Case for the 'Critters'". In Steiger, Brad; White, John. Other Worlds, Other Universes. Health Research Books. pp. 70–2. ISBN 9780787312916.
  4. ^ Davis, Erik (2006). "Space Brothers". The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape. Chronicle Books. p. 192. ISBN 9780811848350.
  5. ^ a b c Reece 2007, p. 17.
  6. ^ Reece 2007, pp. 16-7.
  7. ^ Greenfield, Allen (2006). Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts. p. 13. ISBN 9781411667594.
  8. ^ Layne, Meade (1963). "Note Concerning the Mark Probert Mediumship". The Magic Bag. By Probert, Mark. San Diego: Kethra E'Da Foundation. Foreword pp. xv-xviii. ISBN 9781585092581.