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A Different Perspective

Mar 16, 2017

In the 1960s, David Halperin was a teenage UFOlogist.  He grew up to become a professor of religious studies—his specialty, religious traditions of heavenly ascent and otherworldly journeys.  He taught history of Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1976 through 2000.  He’s published five books and numerous articles on Jewish mysticism and messianism, and one novel, Journal of a UFO Investigator, which draws on his teenage dreams and fantasies as well as the UFO scene of the early 1960s.  The novel was published in 2011 by Viking Press and has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and German.
“David has a blog at, where he posts biweekly on UFOs, religion, and other subjects dear to his heart.  He’s working on a second novel and on a non-fiction book, Intimate Alien: The Hidden Story of the UFO, in which he explores what UFOs once meant to him and what they mean for us and our culture.  He lives in North Carolina with his wife Rose.