Aliens Exist?

People watch the skies during a UFO tour outside Sedona, Ariz., in 2013. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
A new book examines UFO culture and its latest obsessions.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE O n May 16, 1999, Fox aired the sixth-season finale of The X-Files, Chris Carter’s TV show about a fictional FBI division investigating unexplained phenomena, including possible extraterrestrial life on Earth. The show regularly had around 15 million viewers per week, sometimes nearing twice that. Its most famous catchphrases, “The truth is out there” and “I want to believe,” permeated pop culture. Just a few weeks after the sixth-season finale, the pop-punk band Blink-182 released its album Enema of the State. With loud and catchy power chords, quick tempos, and playful yet moody lyrics about young adulthood, it quickly became a

Jack Butler is an associate editor at National Review Online.

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