Jacques F. Vallée is a principal at Documatica Financial, LLC 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 he spearheaded, 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 (2018) 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.




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

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

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

Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers. Chicago, IL, U.S.A.: Publ. Henry Regnery Co. 1969.

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

The Edge of Reality: A Progress Report on Unidentified Flying Objects – Jacques Vallée and Dr. J. Allen Hynek (Quality Books, 1975)

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 (1st ed.). Contemporary Books. April 1988. ISBN 0-8092-4586-8.

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

Revelations: Alien Contact and Human Deception (1st ed.). Ballantine Books. September 1991. ISBN 0-345-37172-0.

UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union: A Cosmic Samizdat (Ballantine Books, 1992)

Forbidden Science: Journals, 1957-1969 (North Atlantic Books, 1992)

Forbidden Science, Volume Two: Journals, 1970-1979 — California Hermetica (Documatica Research, LLC, 2009)

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

Forbidden Science, Volume Three: Journals, 1980-1989 — On the Trail of Hidden Truths (Lulu Press, 2016)



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

Johansen, Robert; Valles, Jacques; Spangler, Kathi (July 1979). Electronic Meetings: Technical Alternatives. Addison-Wesley Series on Decision Support (1st hardcover ed.). Addison-Wesley Publ. Co., Inc. p. 244 pp. ISBN 0-201-03478-6.

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

The Heart of the Internet



Vallée, Jacques (January 2001). The Four Elements of Financial Alchemy: A New Formula for Personal Prosperity (1st paperback ed.). Ten Speed Press. p. 195 pp. ISBN 1-58008-218-1.



Vallée, Jacques; Tormé, Tracy (June 1996). Fastwalker (paperback ed.). Berkeley, California, U.S.A.: Publ. Frog Ltd. p. 220 pp. ISBN 1-883319-43-9

Vallée, Jacques (January 2006). Stratagème (in French) (paperback ed.). p. 256 pp. ISBN 2-84187-777-9

Vallée, Jacques (July 2007). Stratagem (hardcover ed.) ISBN 978-0-615-15642-2

Alintel (as Jacques Vallée) (as Jérôme Sériel) (1986)

La Mémoire de Markov (as Jacques Vallée) (1986)

Le Satellite Sombre [The Dark Satellite] (as Jérôme Sériel) (1963)

Le Sub-Espace [Sub-Space] (as Jérôme Sériel) (1961)