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The Challenge of Contact
A Mainstream Journalist's Report on Interplanetary Diplomacy
Phillip Krapf
ISBN: 9781579830090
Book (Paperback)
Origin Press
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
205 pages
September 1, 2001


“I ask that people regard the revelations in Phillip Krapf’s book with the same attention they directed to the Pentagon Papers in 1971.” —Daniel Sheehan, chief counsel for civil litigation, Iran-Contra affair, and chief counsel, Karen Silkwood case

“There was just something about Phillip Krapf that rang true; I guess that’s all I can say. Over several hours the story held up—he held up.” —Art Bell, Coast to Coast Radio
The second in a series of acclaimed books, this nonfiction installment sees a retired Los Angeles Times editor reporting on a coalition of humans and aliens who between 1998 and 2001 engaged in extensive interplanetary diplomacy with a goal of open contact. The contact was reportedly abandoned after the events of September 11, 2001, but this epic project is documented as the author—the project’s designated writer and herald—shares the daunting challenges this role forced upon him.

Phil Krapf is a journalist and freelance writer who worked as an editor on the metro copy desk of the Los Angeles Times, where he shared in a Pulitzer Prize in 1992. He is the author of The Challenge of Contact and Meetings with Paul. He lives in San Ramon, California.
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