Jacques Vallée


Jacques Vallée


Wonders in the Sky

by Jacques Vallée & Chris Aubeck (2010)
That, I believe, is true science: to follow the data wherever they lead.”

“Their rigorous scientific insistence allows Vallée and Aubeck to retain the most challenging and interesting aspects of these events without the distraction of premature commitment to any particular interpretation. A willingness to combine documentary research, the heart of humanities scholarship, with physical and astrophysical knowledge is rare.”

Professor David Hufford, Penn State College of Medicine, and Department of 
Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

Jacques F. Vallée is a principal at Documatica Financial and a diversified investor with a passion for technology startups in space development, medical equipment and information management. He earned a Bachelors Degree in mathematics from the Sorbonne, a Masters Degree in astrophysics from Lille University and a PhD in Computer Science /AI from Northwestern University (1967).

Based in Silicon Valley, Jacques has served as a founder and general partner in five venture funds, including NASA’s “Red Planet Capital”. Among the companies for which he spearheaded early-stage financings, fourteen achieved IPOs, notably Electronics for Imaging, Accuray Systems (developers of the “Cyberknife” for cancer surgery), NeoPhotonics (Nanotechnology for optical networks), Mercury Interactive, P-Com, Isocor, Regeneration Technologies, Harmonic Lightwaves, Ixys, Integrated Packaging, E.Piphany, Sangstat Medical, Com21 and Synaptic Pharmaceuticals, specialized in neurotransmitter biology. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of many of these firms. 

Other companies financed by Jacques (in particular, HandyLab that produced an instrument recognized as “transformative for oncology”) were successfully acquired by Becton-Dickinson, Intel, Lucent, AOL, Cisco, Wilson Greatbatch and Intuitive Surgical.

In his early career Jacques worked at Paris Observatory and at the astronomy department of the University of Texas in Austin, where he co-developed the first computer-based map of planet Mars. Moving to California after management positions with Shell and RCA, he implemented (with Jake Feinler) the first Network Information Center on the Arpanet and later served as a principal investigator for DARPA and NSF. Jacques has published several textbooks about computer networking and has maintained a long-term interest in unidentified flying objects, currently (2020) serving on the expert committee of the French CNES tasked with studying such reports. He received the Jules Verne Prize for his first science-fiction novel (in French). He resides between San Francisco and Paris. He has two children and three grandchildren.

Mail may be addressed to Jacques Vallée P.O. Box 641650 San Francisco, CA 94164


Abbreviated Bibliography

Technology and Finance

The Four Elements of Financial Alchemy: A New Formula for Personal Prosperity (1st paperback ed.).
Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. January 2001.195 pp. ISBN 1-58008-218-1.

Computer Message Systems (hardcover ed.).
New York: McGraw-Hill (Data Communications Book Series). August 1984. 163 pp. ISBN 0-07-051031-8.

Electronic Meetings: Technical Alternatives and Social Choices. (with Robert Johansen and Kathi Spangler)
Addison-Wesley Series on Decision Support
hardcover ed. July 1979. 244 pp. ISBN 0-201-03478-6.

The Network Revolution: Confessions of a Computer Scientist (paperback ed.).
Berkeley, Calif.: And/Or Press. 1982. 213 pp. ISBN 0-14-007117-2.
British edition by Penguin, London 

The Heart of the Internet: An Insider’s View of the Origin and Promise of the Online Revolution.
Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads 2003, 201 pp. ISBN 1-57174-369-3.

Aerial Phenomena Research

Anatomy of a Phenomenon: Unidentified Objects in Space – a Scientific Appraisal (1st hardcover ed.).
Chicago: NTC/Contemporary Publishing. January 1965. ISBN 0-8092-9888-0.

Reissue: UFO’s In Space: Anatomy of a Phenomenon (paperback ed.)
New York: Ballantine Books. April 1987. ISBN 0-345-34437-5.

Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma – with Janine Vallée.
Chicago: NTC/Contemporary Publishing, 1966

Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers (hardcover ed.)
Chicago, Henry Regnery Co. 1969.

The Invisible College: What a Group of Scientists Has Discovered About UFO Influences on the Human Race (1st ed.).
New York: Dutton. 1975.

The Edge of Reality: A Progress Report on Unidentified Flying Objects (with Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
Chicago: Henry Regnery 1975. Hardcover, 301 pp.

Messengers of Deception: UFO Contacts and Cults (paperback ed.).
And/Or Press. June 1979. ISBN 0-915904-38-1.

Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact (hardcover).
Chicago: Contemporary Books. April 1988. ISBN 0-8092-4586-8.

Confrontations: A Scientist’s Search for Alien Contact (hardcover ed.).
New York: Ballantine Books. March 1990. ISBN 0-345-36453-8.

Revelations: Alien Contact and Human Deception (hardcover ed.).
New York: Ballantine Books. September 1991. ISBN 0-345-37172-0.

UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat (hardcover ed.)
New York: Ballantine Books, 1992.

Forbidden Science, Volume One: Journals 1957-1969 — A Passion for Discovery.
San Francisco: Documatica Research, 2007. Hardcover.
Paperback and ebook editions available from Anomalist Books.

Forbidden Science, Volume Two: Journals 1970-1979 — California Hermetica.
San Francisco: Documatica Research, 2009. Hardcover.
Paperback and ebook editions available from Anomalist Books.

Forbidden Science, Volume Three: Journals 1980-1989 — On the Trail of Hidden Truths.
San Francisco: Documatica Research, 2016. Hardcover.
Paperback and ebook editions available from Anomalist Books.

Forbidden Science, Volume Four: Journals 1990-1999 — The Spring Hill Chronicles.
San Francisco: Documatica Research, 2019. Hardcover.

Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times (trade paperback ed.).
New York: Tarcher-Penguin, 2010. ISBN 1-58542-820-5.


Fastwalker. (paperback ed., 1996)
Berkeley, California: Frog Ltd. ISBN 1-883319-43-9.

Stratagème (in French) (paperback ed., 2006).
Paris: L’Archipel. ISBN 2-84187-777-9.

Stratagem (hardcover ed., July 2007).
San Francisco, Documatica Research. ISBN 978-0-615-15642-2.

Alintel (in French)
Paris: Le Mercure de France, 1986. ISBN 2-7152-1395-6

La Mémoire de Markov (in French)
Paris : Le Mercure de France, 1986. ISBN 2-7152-1441-3

Le Satellite Sombre [The Dark Satellite] (as Jérôme Sériel)
Paris: Denoël (Coll : Présence du Futur), 1962.

Le Sub-Espace [Sub-Space] (as Jérôme Sériel)
Jules Verne Prize, 1961
Paris: Hachette (Coll : Le Rayon Fantastique), 1961.