Open Skies, Closed Minds

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Open Skies, Closed Minds
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Open Skies, Close Minds
Author Nick Pope
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject Ufology
Publisher Overlook Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 270
ISBN 0-87951-916-9
OCLC 40150668
001.942 21
LC Class TL789.6.G7 P67 1999
Preceded by The uninvited : an exposé of the alien abduction phenomenon (1998)

Open Skies, Closed Minds, a book on ufology, expresses the views of Nick Pope, a former UFO investigator with the British Ministry of Defence (MOD).[1][2]

The book provides an overview of the UFO phenomenon, with the emphasis on Pope's three-year tour of duty as the Ministry of Defence's UFO desk officer.[3] It examines a number of well-known UFO cases, including the Roswell crash and the Rendlesham Forest Incident,[4] as well as a number of less well-known cases from the MOD's UFO case-files. Pope also discusses the politics surrounding the way in which those within government and the military view UFO phenomena.


  1. ^ Brooker, Emma (Jun 3, 1996), "Now I'm a believer", The Independent, There is a sober-suited government official who investigates every reported UFO sighting, about 250 a year, and responds to each with a letter explaining, more often than not, that the suspected Martian craft seen hovering in the skies over some suburban back garden was in fact a weather balloon, an unusual cloud, or an aeroplane reflecting light in a peculiar way. 
  2. ^ "Media Jones", Mother Jones, January–February 1999, Pope calls the UFO phenomenon 'as real as toast' and suggests further study, based on the Mulder-like aphorism, 'Most of us, deep down, [would] like to believe.' This desire to believe has already proved itself in Britain, where the book is a best-seller. 
  3. ^ Roberts, Andy; Clarke, David (November 2002), "The UK's real X-files", Fortean Times (164), archived from the original on 2003-02-06 
  4. ^ Wildon, Jim (July 1998), "The 6 UFO Sightings THEY Can't Explain", Popular Mechanics, 'I started my tour of duty believing in aircraft lights,' Nick Pope tells me as we eat a traditional English lunch of fish and chips at London's Red Lion pub, just down the block from his office in the British Ministry of Defence (MOD). 'I ended it believing in aliens.'