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The following article was posted on June 20th, 2012, in the New Times - Volume 26, Issue 47 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from New Times [] - Volume 26, Issue 47

Close encounters of the writerly kind


“When will the United States provide disclosure about UFO sightings and the presence of alien intelligence?”

Peruvian-born, San Luis Obispo-based author and researcher Renato Longato wants to know. Longato, who holds a B.S. in law and political science, has researched UFO phenomena since his first encounter in 1979. He’s lectured extensively on the subject throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Last April, he published ET Presence: The Role of USA and New World Visions, the culmination of decades of research into the presence of extraterrestrials on our planet.

“An official contact with an advanced society may bring the opportunity or risk depending on how we face our challenges in our planet and most importantly within ourselves,” press materials read. “This book summarizes more than 30 years of study and research about UFOs and looks at the forthcoming possibilities.”

Longato has previously published two books in Spanish: Message from the Andes and Gods of the Past: Enigmas of the Inca Architecture.

“Other countries have openly announced and welcomed the ET presence,” he states. “When will America own up to the truth? Or will it be forced under exceptional circumstances to begin a communications with our cosmic counterparts?”

If you were looking forward to Longato’s June 24 lecture and book signing at Steynberg Gallery, I’m sorry to let you know it’s been cancelled. However, you can get your copy of ET Presence through Balboa Press, Amazon, and at Barnes and Noble.

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