A novel by
Whitley Strieber

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Published Sept 1989 (Paperback Oct 1990)

On July 2, 1947, something fragile and strange fell in the New Mexico desert, brought down by a bizarre storm. Ever since there have been persistent rumors that the crashed object was a craft from another world. Only once, in 1979, did one of the Air Force officers involved – old and retired and perhaps touched by conscience – offer a glimpse of the probable truth. “It was definitely not a weather or tracking device,” he said in videotaped interviews, “nor was it any sort of plane or missile. What it was we didn’t know.”
     Behind that statement lies a reality that could shake the foundations of civilization.
     Majestic is Whitley Strieber’s astonishing novel about what happened, and, above all, why it has remained such a deep, dark secret. It is a cunning weave of fact and fiction, mixing what little is known for certain with Strieber’s increasing understanding of the awesome presence he calls the “visitors.” Terrifying, surpassingly beautiful, this is what might have come to pass in the secret night, when mankind and other kind met...
     More than just a novel about aliens among us, however, Majestic is the story of our own humanity, our rise, our fall, our spectacular refusal to acknowledge that which we do not understand. Most of all, it is the story of the fear of the unknown and the breathtaking, marvelous opportunity the government had to commune with life from beyond the stars – and how it lost that chance.

“Majestic is engaging as science fiction, unnerving as possible fact.” —The New York Times

© 1989 Wilson & Neff, Inc.
Synopsis courtesy of G.P. Putnam’s Sons