"A fascinating journey; the depth of [Scoles's] research is impressive and her curiosity is infectious."
"Scoles remains an open-minded skeptic, and it’s this objectivity that makes her buoyant survey so delightful to read."
- Publishers Weekly
"While many authors in this realm rely on sensationalism and avoid fact-checking, Scoles has written the definitive investigation into the origins of UFO culture and its persistence."
Interviews: WAMC's 51%, Mad Scientist
An anthropological look at the UFO community, told through first-person experiences with researchers in their element as they pursue what they see as a solvable mystery―both terrestrial and cosmic.
In They Are Already Here, we meet the bigwigs, the scrappy upstarts, the field investigators, the rational people, and the kooks of this sprawling community. How do they interact with each other? How do they interact with “anomalous phenomena”? And how do they (as any group must) reflect the politics and culture of the larger world around them?
We will travel along the Extraterrestrial Highway (next to Area 51) and visit the UFO Watchtower, where seeking lights in the sky is more of a spiritual quest than a “gotcha” one. We meet someone who, for a while, believes they may have communicated with aliens. Where do these alleged encounters stem from? What are the emotional effects on the experiencers?
Funny and colorful, and told in a way that doesn’t require one to believe, Scoles brings humanity to an often derided and misunderstood community. After all, the truth is out there . . .