Riley Martin

Riley L. Martin is a self-described alien contactee, author, and radio host. Martin is the author of the book The Coming of Tan, which describes his life and his alleged abduction by aliens. He currently hosts The Riley Martin Show on the Sirius Satellite Radio channel Howard 101 and another weekly radio show, "The Official Riley Martin Radio Show", on ArtistFirst World Radio Network.


Riley Martin was born May 9, 1946, in Mississippi to a family of sharecroppers of African American and Native American descent. He claims he was first abducted by aliens while living in Arkansas in November of 1953.

Martin has characterized his interaction with the aliens as positive. The Biaviian alien O-Qua Tangin Wann (also known as Tan), is listed as the co-author of his book. Martin asserts that a significant amount of knowledge was downloaded into his brain by the aliens, including 144,000 different alien "symbols" within a matter of minutes.

Martin claims that these aliens, flying aboard 'The Great Mother Ship' to which he is taken every time he is willingly "abducted," have given him this knowledge so that he can produce and sell hand-drawings of these symbols, which will allow passage aboard the Mother Ship when the Earth is 'transformed' in 2012. Martin claims that each symbol is uniquely tuned to its buyer. Martin did however say on the 29 November 2006 Howard 101 program that “You don’t exactly have to have one of my symbols in order to go,” and stated further that some symbol owners would have their personal reasons for not going, and some Earth populace who had never heard of Riley might be offered the opportunity to participate in the potential airlift. Riley's official website has become the primary platform from which Riley Martin sells his symbols, the audio book (in his own stentorian voice), a soulful CD of 90’s music, and other articles such as Cherokee Nation headbands and talking bobbleheads.

Riley Martin first appeared on The Howard Stern Show in 1996 and has been a frequent guest since, as well as on the paranormal-themed show Coast to Coast AM. Howard Stern and his crew enjoy imitating Martin's colorful manner of speaking and drawl and playing sound bites of Martin, including song parodies and prank calls. It has been revealed that he urinates into a jug during breaks in his radio show, as opposed to using the restrooms. It was reported by the Howard 100 News team, Martin had been arrested for violating a restraining order filed by his wife.

The seven types of extraterrestrial beings

Martin describes seven types of extraterrestrial beings who reside in a mother ship near Saturn:

  • the Biaviians, the aliens who have had the most interaction with Martin, who are short with large heads,
  • the Targzissians, who are "obviously" reptillian,
  • the Stagyians, who have a bony, leathery appearance and a peaceful and scientific disposition,
  • the Dorians, who resemble blonde-haired, blue-eyed humans (see Nordic aliens),
  • the Insectillians (aka the Skreed), who are "smart bugs" five feet tall,
  • the Nyptonians, who are "water people" with "underwater bases" on Earth.
  • a seventh race of aliens whose name Martin can't pronounce.
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