Long before graphic novels and Hollywood blockbusters, cowboys and aliens really did encounter each other, according to newspaper accounts and other historical documents of the 1800s. These unusual stories about UFO sightings in the Old West were revealed in a recently published book by Texas UFO researcher Noe Torres. The Real Cowboys & Aliens: UFO Encounters of the Old West examines bizarre incidents, including the reported recovery in 1897 of a spaceship and its alien pilot in the Texas frontier town of Aurora. Noe Torres, a member of the Mutual UFO network (MUFON) and former State Section Director in Texas, explains, “Many newspaper and magazine accounts from the 1800s tell of strange sightings and encounters from America’s cowboy era. What is especially interesting about these historic UFO sightings is that they took place before airplanes were invented and before flight of any kind was common. We have found hundreds of newspaper and magazine accounts about people seeing strange objects in the sky.