Steiger, Brad (1936– )
Popular writer on UFOs, reincarnation, and related paranormal
subjects. Steiger was born Eugene E. Olson on February
19, 1936, in Bode, Iowa. He was educated at Luther College
(1953–57) and the University of Iowa (1963). From 1957 to
1963 he was a high school English teacher in Clinton, Iowa,
and then a literature and creative writing instructor at Luther
College, Decorah, Iowa, from 1963 to 1967. In 1965 his first
book, Ghosts, Ghouls and Other Peculiar People, was published. A
series of paperbacks began to appear in 1966, and in 1967
Steiger became a full-time writer and lecturer on paranormal
and ufological subjects.
Steiger produced a steady stream of books over the next 25
years (sometimes as many as six a year), and in their entirety
they chronicle the whole range of paranormal subjects. He
early turned his attention to UFOs with the 1966 Strangers from
the Skies. He would go on to write more books on the subject
than any other person (more than 15 titles). Three of these,
Aquarian Revelations (1971), Revelation The Divine Fire (1973),
and The Fellowship (1988) remain important studies of the flying
saucer contactee movement. In Gods of Aquarius UFOs and
the Transformation of Man (1976), he introduced the concept of
‘‘star people,’’ human beings who are tied by some means, usually
past lives, to extraterrestrials. Star people have reported
contacts with otherworldly individuals who are preparing them
for a transition through which humanity must go. Gods of Aquarius
brought Steiger numerous letters from people claiming to
be star people. He produced five books on the topic in the early
1980s.
Steiger had an important role in introducing Paul Twitchell
and ECKANKAR to the American public. He wrote a chapter
on Twitchell in an early book and followed it with an entire
biographical treatment, In My Soul I Am Free (1968).
Throughout the 1970s Steiger manifested a strong interest
in American indigenous cultures and produced important and
empathetic books on the paranormal world of the Hawaiian
Kahuna and of Native Americans. He also documented the careers
of a number of prominent psychics, such as Olof Jonsson
and Irene Hughes.
While Steiger has often presented a skeptical view of many
of the claims of the people he discusses in his books, the overall
result of his experience in the psychic and contactee community
has been a belief that some external intelligence has been interacting
with humanity in order both to learn about our species
and to communicate some basic metaphysical truths.
Sources
Clark, Jerome. UFOs in the 1980s. Vol. 1 of The UFO Encyclopedia.
Detroit Apogee Books, 1990.
Melton, J. Gordon, Jerome Clark, and Aidan A. Kelly. New
Age Encyclopedia. Detroit Gale Research, 1990.
Steiger, Brad. Animal Miracles Inspirational and Heroic True
Stories.
———. Aquarian Revelations. New York Dell, 1971.
———. Gods of Aquarius UFOs and the Transformation of Man.
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976.
———. Guardian Angels and Spirit Guides True Accounts of Benevolent
Beings from the Other Side. New York Signet, 1998.
———. He Walks with Me True Encounters with Jesus. New
York Signet, 1998.
———. Revelation The Divine Fire. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Prentice-Hall, 1973.
———. The Seed. New York Berkley Books, 1983.
Steen, Douglas Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed.
1490
———. Shadow World. New York Signet, 2000.
———. The Werewolf Book The Encyclopedia of Shape-Shifting
Beings. Detroit Visible Ink Press, 1999.
Steiger, Brad, and Sherry H. Steiger. Mother Mary Speaks to
Us. n.p. N A L, 1997.
Steiger, Brad, and Joan Whritenour. New UFO Breakthrough.
New York Award, 1968.