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Origin Press, Oct 2002
240 pages, paper
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"I ask that people regard the revelations in Phillip Krapf’s book
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AN EPIC STORY OF IMMINENT CONTACT
In this historic book, a retired L.A. Times editor who has shared a Pulitzer Prize reports on a coalition of humans and aliens now engaged in extensive interplanetary diplomacy -- with a goal of open contact. Mr. Krapf, the designated writer and herald for this epic project, shares the daunting challenges this role has forced upon him, in this sequel to his controversial 1998 book, The Contact Has Begun.
The Challenge of Contact is Krapf’s continuing story of the secret deliberations between a race of alien observers called the Verdants, and some 850 world leaders known as "ambassadors" -- an interplanetary liaison that will soon lead to a formal and public announcement of contact. This book chronicles the dramatic events of Krapf’s second period of sojourn on the Verdant craft which occurred in 1999. It also reports key events of "ground contact" with a Verdant representative, with two unnamed Ambassadors -- including a former editorial executive at the L.A. Times -- and with his own guardian angel.
Upon his initial abduction onto the Verdant craft in 1997, Krapf discovered that he was hand-picked by this advanced alien race to be their designated "star reporter" for the contact project. This eagerly-awaited second book explains the predicament faced by the human/Verdant team that is planning imminent contact, picking up the thread of what may be the most important story Mr. Krapf, or any other journalist, has ever reported.
Advanced Praise for "The Challenge of Contact"
"I ask that people regard the revelations in Phillip Krapf’s book with the same attention they directed to the Pentagon Papers in 1971. I view The Challenge of Contact in the same vein, and I say this as one of the attorneys for the New York Times who worked on the Pentagon Papers
"I have been aware of the possibility of imminent contact with an extraterrestrial intelligence ever since I began my research over thirty-five years ago. I have concluded that contact of some sort
has been underway for at least twenty years. Phil Krapf's The Challenge of Contact is in my opinion an honest, bona fide and courageous report of a real and explosive new reality for modern twenty-first century humanity . . . I commend Phil's courage in speaking out."
"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 -- and you came away with a feeling, ‘Well maybe ...’"
"Intelligent, courageous and coherent . . . Phillip Krapf serves not only as a reporter for his own extraterrestrial contacts, but also as a spokesperson for the tasks to be completed by humanity."
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