Show Notes 263: Mark O’Connell

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Mick West from discusses the debunking of the “Nazca Three-Fingered Alien” and Mark O’Connell talks about his recent book on J. Allen Hynek, The Close Encounters Man.

Bio: Mark O’Connell broke into the television business writing several episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His DS9 episode “Who Mourns For Morn?” was named by Hugo Award-winning science fiction writer Charlie Jane Anders as #72 on the list of the Top 100 Star Trek episodes of all time. Mark has had feature film projects optioned and/or in development with Disney, DreamWorks Animation, Barcelona Films, Endless Entertainment Group and Al Ruddy Productions.

Looking for a way to explore new media markets and experiences, Mark started the UFO blog “High Strangeness” ( Taking an off-center approach to the phenomenon, High Strangeness dared to embrace the weirdness and brought a new, often comedic sensibility to the rather self-serious field of UFOlogy. He made his reality TV debut in 2015 in “Mysteries at the Monument” on The Travel Channel, discussing the ties between Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, the Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the UFO work of Dr. Hynek. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, Monica, and teaches screenwriting at DePaul University in Chicago. He is available for media.