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UFO-Aktuellt issue 1/2005
Page 3: Editorial
Chairman Clas Svahn devotes this issue's editorial to the awesome fact that this issue happens to be the 100th! The magazine has changed quite drastically since its beginning, and Svahn is keen to point out the fact that it is now a scientific-minded investigative magazine, and not some New Age inspired "search for aliens" mumbo jumbo. He offers a brief but informative resume of the history of the magazine (explored further by C. Göran Norlén at the end of this issue), and he has great hopes for the future of this, the no.1 UFO magazine in Sweden.
Pages 4-5: He had to hit the brakes
Article by Svahn, based on an interview he did with Håkan Ekstrand during the summer of 2004. During the summers of 2002 and 2004, UFO Sweden conducted a thorough and quite widespread project in the northern and western parts of the province of Värmland, where about 1.000 individuals have been interviewed about their sightings there. Per-Eric Andersson is one of these many witnesses, and sometime in the fall of 1977 he was in his car on his way home when he had an observation of a cigar-shaped object moving slowly over the trees. The sighting is interesting and Andersson is a reliable witness, but as Svahn points out, it'll be difficult indeed finding an answer to what it was Andersson witnessed since it has'’t been possible to verify the exact date of the event.
Pages 6-10: The search for other worlds
Now that UFO-Aktuellt celebrates its one hundredth issue, three articles are published in the same issue; articles dealing with the question of life in the universe. Not because UFO Sweden consists of devoted believers (we sure don't), but simply because the topic is worth discussing.
The first article is by Andreas Ohlsson , historian and board member of UFO Sweden. The article is accompanied by two photographs beautiful and awe-inspiring photographs by NASA. Ohlsson offers a brief but informative history of the philosophical and historical ideas of extraterrestrial life somewhere in the universe. Aristotle’s ideas are mentioned, as well as the classic "wow-signal" and Frank Drake and the Drake-equation. All in all a very well-written article about a topic that never can be discusses enough.
Pages 10-15: Is life a unique thing?
The second article in the extraterrestrial life-debate in this issue is written by astrobiologist Tomas Hode from the Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. Hode has been featured in UFO-Aktuellt before, and it's always a welcome sight to see respected scientists taking the UFO/ET debate seriously. The question addressed by Hode in his article (as in Ohlsson's article accompanied by an image provided by NASA), is: how difficult, or easy, is it for life to originate considered the right conditions are there? Recent discoveries have shown that simple life can and indeed does exist in extreme environments on Earth - such as deep inside the planet or in highly volcanic environments - and since we know for sure that places such as these exist or have existed in the known universe, does that mean life exist there too? A good question. Hode's discussion is an interesting addition to the debate.
Page 14: Advertisements
Various advertisements for books sold by UFO Sweden.
Page 15: Bizarre martians
Short article by Svahn, about the amusing - but at the time deadly serious - statement from the 1950s by astronomy professor Gerard Kuiper from University of Chicago, regarding the possible appearances of extraterrestrial entities. He thought it was mostly likely to be insects or vegetables. According to Jerome Clark , this prompted Gerald Heard into writing his book The Riddle of the Flying Saucers (1950), where visiting Martians are in fact a race of super bees.
The page also has a small advertisement for the field investigator course held in August.
Pages 16-17: Mars equals ice
UFO Sweden’s own Mars-expert, Anders Persson , reports about the latest findings from the Red Planet. Mars has never been as thoroughly investigated as it is at the very moment, and one of the latest and most interesting findings are what appear to be a giant frozen lake covered by dust. An image of the alleged lake accompanies the article.
Page 17: SETI at home
Article by Svahn and Ohlsson, about the program known as SETI@home, a program downloadable from the internet and designed to enable ordinary citizens to join in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Anyone with a 32 megabyte RAM and a PC or Mac can use the program, which works as a screen saver and analyzes incoming data while the user is busy doing something else (for instance supporting UFO Sweden). The use of computers in 226 different countries has made SETI@home the largest super computer in the world.
Pages 18-20: Owlman and friends
UFO Sweden's expert on fortean phenomena, Richard Svensson , writes (and as always, draws beautiful pictures) about bizarre things, not necessarily UFO related. This time it's all about strange creatures - sometimes anthropomorphic - that have been spotted sailing through our skies. The American Mothman is only mentioned briefly, since UFO Sweden has written about him before (issue 4, 2000).
Svensson pays more attention to the "Owlman" of Cornwall, England, and other beings sighted all over the world. At the end of the article he touches upon the concept of tulpas , or spirit manifestations brought to the physical world by Buddhist monks. He's skeptical as always, and all in all the article is as good as his other contributions to the magazine.
Page 21: Book reviews
Four books reviewed this time, three of them by Clas Svahn, and one by Andreas Ohlsson. Usually the book reviews are of book in English, but in this issue three of the four books are in Swedish. They are all non-fiction.
Pages 22-23: Media watch
C Göran Norlén gives a review of news clippings from Swedish media, this time from the middle of October 2004 up until the middle of January 2005. As always, there have been both very good and very bad things said in Swedish media about the UFO phenomenon, and he's also confused as to why he after almost 20 years doing his media watch has received so little feedback from readers over the years.
Page 24: Same UFO - different day?
On the 24th and 27th of January, 2005, two reports were received by UFO Sweden's report central, and certain similarities can be found in them. Anders Persson and Joakim Eriksson has written a short article detailing their investigation, and it's accompanied by a photograph by one of the witnesses, onto which an image of the UFO as it was seen has been superimposed. The cases are not completely solved, but much indicates that they were both a large meteor.
Page 25: Strange-looking ice
Article by Svahn, accompanied by three pictures and a drawn image, about how on the morning of 5 Mars, 2005, a strange circular formation was found in the ice in a Swedish river. To the untrained eye the phenomenon looks strange, to say the least, but it has perfectly normal causes has been dealt with in a previous issue (#1, 2001).
Pages 26-27: International ufology
Stefan Roslund has ten short news about the international UFO, and forteana, scene. Among other things, Roslund mentions the fate of the ship Mary Celeste, a creature sighting at Lake Champlain, an alleged extraterrestrial skeleton in Brazil, and so on.
Pages 28-29: News from the report centre
Strange things are indeed taking place in the skies. The Report Centre run by UFO Sweden receives several hundred reports annually, and in this issue of UFO Aktuellt Jenny Ståhl presents three of them, one taking place in 2002, and the other two in 2004. The article is also accompanied by four photographs of various phenomena (among them two fake UFO pictures from Finland).
Pages 30-31: UFO Aktuellt #100
Article by C. Göran Norlén, where he discusses the changes that have occurred within UFO-Aktuellt since it was founded 25 years ago. He also mentions some of the authors who have contributed regularly over the years, and he's proud to say that while the prize of the magazine has not increased over the years, the quality has kept improving. That's a hard one to beat!
Back page: UFO Expo
Advertisement for the next UFO Expo in Sweden, taking place way up north in Luleå on 28-29 March 2005.
The back page also has a short article by Svahn about an object caught by a so-called "all sky" camera over Haleakala, Hawaii on 17 December, 2004.