Magin, Ulrich (Germany)

Ulrich Magin, born 13 November 1962 in Germany, works as a book editor in Stuttgart. Main intertests are cryptozoology (mainly water
monsters), all folklore assiciated with bodies of water, UFOs (especially historic reports, close encounter cases, and USOs), alternative archaeology (esp. geomancy). He considers himself a fortean sceptic, and has been or is correspondent to major fortean and sceptic magazines, such as Fortean Times, INFO Journal, Strange, Pursuit, Ley Hunter, CENAP Report, Journal für UFO-Forschung, and Der Skeptiker.
He has published many articles, book chapters, and books on his research. Books include Kontakte mit Außerirdischen im deutschen Sprachraum (two editions), Von Ufos entführt, Trolle Yetris Tatzelwürmer, Geheimwissenschaft Geomantie, Ausflüge in die Anderswelt, and Der Ritt auf dem Kometen (a biography of Charles Fort).
In April 2008, his first suspense novel, Der Fisch, has been published; his book on Italian lake monsters was also published that year.

Position statement: I do not accept eyewitness reports as indicators of reality, I think they tell us more about human perception and its
cultural reworking than strange phenomena – in short, I am of the psychosocial school. Yet, as a fortean, I doubt any weltanschauung that is to self secure, and believe that even science can only approximate reality, but never grasp it. I can also be more than annoyed by reading believer’s books about monsters, UFOs, or abductions.

Current research: ongoing, since 2002, an in-depth research about monster reports from northern Italian lakes; USO reports from Germany.