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Hynek went on to found the Center for UFO Studies, based in Chicago, Illinois, and served as a consultant to the US Air Force until the military gave up investigating UFO sightings in 1969. Still, Hynek pursued many UFO investigations on his own until his death in 1986. ” Quoted in Joan Cook, “J. Allen Hynek, Astronomer and UFO Consultant, Dies,” New York Times, May 1, 1986, p. D-27. on Earth, the extraterrestrial soon meets a young boy named Elliott, who takes the visitor home and hides him from authorities.
Says a book critic for Ebony magazine, “The adventure novel takes place in a little bitty Ohio town. And, of course, there’s a battle to end all battles. ”41 Aliens, Illegal and Otherwise In I Am Number Four, John’s main concern is fear of discovery—not by the authorities on Earth, but by his enemies, the Modagorians. Other extraterrestrial visitors have been more concerned about what would happen if the government finds them—and so they try to hide. Their plights are not unlike those of real illegal aliens who sneak across the US-Mexico border and try to assimilate into the culture of America—all the time looking over their shoulders for agents from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As the title of the book indicates, as he left Lorien, John was assigned the number four. When John learns that the first three Loriens have been killed, he realizes he will be the next victim. 61 More than a Look Around In many stories about extraterrestrials, the aliens simply visit Earth— they arrive, more or less, for a brief look around. Over the years, some stories about extraterrestrials have speculated on the likelihood that after arriving on the planet they decide to stay, assimilating into Earth’s culture.