“We need to get your help to bring this volume to light,” Vallée said, “and I hope you’ll make a contribution.”
What I’d like to point out, though, is a basic fact: Jacques Vallée is a very wealthy man. He is a venture capitalist, and according to Bloomberg.com, he is a general partner in SBV Ventures, a firm that operates more than 70 companies and has vast real estate holdings. He is also the managing partner of Runway Capital Partners LLC, a general partner of Astrolabe Ventures, and a partner at Red Planet Capital, a firm he founded in 2006. He sits on at least three corporate boards of directors. And here he is asking his fans to give him cash to print a book, money that someone in his position ought to simply have sitting in the petty cash drawer. (And if he doesn’t, his business ventures are not at all what he claims they are!)
In terms of the content of the book, two things stand out: First, the authors claim that they want to present this material “to the scientific community” and yet are printing only 500 copies, which will not be available in libraries or research institutions. Second, my criticisms of the earlier version of the book did not go unnoticed. Get a load of these lines:
New cases have been researched and appear in this work for the first time (Penguin produced a paperback version in 2010). Meanwhile other cases have been expanded following further investigation, and some cases from the original work have been removed as additional research proved that they lacked merit.
What readers ought to be asking is this: Why should they believe the authors when they say that this time they have produced the best, most scientific, and most accurate version of the book possible when they admit that the first one was filled with errors and omissions?