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This chapter describes the affects and poetics of uncanny conspiracy theory, especially UFO abduction. Drawing on ethnographic research, the chapter explores the interplay of ordinary life and consiuracy theory in the 1990s US Southwest through the trope of abduction. It explores how apophenia—the desire to make connections—functions in the poetics of everyday discourse to reveal unstated traumas and worries about extraterrestrial capture and the powers lurking just out of sight.

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