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No. 9 The Secret School (1997)

Whitley Strieber

The Secret School

In this fourth book of a series that recounts his abduction by, and interactions with, nonhuman entities he calls “the visitors,” Strieber recovers memories of attending a midnight “school” in the woods of San Antonio’s Olmos Basin. There, an alien grandmother teaches him and other children the history of the solar system, offering glimpses of the potentially tragic future for Earth. San Antonio place names and personalities abound; the city, always a crossroads of cultures, becomes a point of contact for alien worlds. As someone who grew up transfixed by NASA and trips to the moon, I find in Strieber’s work a city I recognize. 


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