Good news, everyone! Erich von Däniken has another new book out! It’s called Astronaut Gods of the Maya: Extraterrestrial Technologies in the Temples and Sculptures (Bear & Company, 2017), and it was translated by Aida Selfic Williams. The title should probably give you a good indication of what to expect in the book. The original German version was published in 2011, but it is now appearing in English for the first time. You might not expect the elements of casual racism, such as describing the Aztec as “coffee-brown, stark-naked natives,” but you probably expect the claims that various artifacts look to our author like pieces of modern technology.
Several years ago, I wrote about the Soviet search for ancient astronauts, and how the Communist government endorsed the ancient astronaut theory as part of a propaganda campaign aimed at undermining Western science. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Soviet science and Soviet media published a baffling range of ancient astronaut claims, which spilled over into Europe and helped to give the aura of officialdom to ancient astronaut claims, which in turn filtered into America in the 1970s. I learned from a Russian correspondent, Grigory Nekhoroshev, that there is some additional evidence that should be added to what I had uncovered before, and it is fascinating.
A British history magazine ran an article this week profiling Erich von Däniken and discussing the Swiss author’s longstanding belief that space aliens are the force animating human history. For an opposing view, the magazine turned to me, and I am quoted extensively in deconstructing von Däniken’s carefully crafted image as a nice old man who is just asking questions. He is, after all, the man who once said that Black Africans were a mistake that space aliens rectified by creating whites.
Remember how A+E Networks, the owner of the Ancient Aliens trademark, said that they had hoped to turn Ancient Aliens into a “lifestyle brand”? Well, it seems that some of the show’s competitors have latched on to the bandwagon, rolling out new merchandise and lifestyle opportunities, both for believers in ancient astronauts and for believers in Fallen Angels.
Aliens vs. Nephilim: Competing Claims for the Sarcophagi of the Apis Bull at the Serapeum of Saqqara
I wasn’t going to say anything about this because it seemed too stupid to write much about, but now that Google News has decided to index the fringe religious conspiracy site Christian Truther alongside British tabloids like the Express, the same bizarre claim about the sarcophagi of the Apis Bulls in Egypt is spreading across the internet. It’s also a bit disconcerting that Google News thinks that the Christian Truther is a “real” news source while blogs like my own don’t count. Google has issues when it comes to evaluating what counts as “news.”
Many of you will likely have seen that tour guide and fringe history advocate Brien Foerster posted information recently about the discovery of an alleged “alien” hand on his Hidden Inca Tours website. He discussed the three-fingered anomaly briefly, and then concluded with an advertisement for his own tours of the Andes. The evidence provided was a bit underwhelming, and my first instinct would be to suspect a hoax along the lines of the taxidermy “demon-fairy” that fooled L. A. Marzulli last year.
Happy New Year! As we start 2017, I thought I would continue my annual tradition and look back at 2016 in fringe history. It was probably one of the most depressing years for fringe history in decades.
German Town Invites Erich von Däniken to Combat Boredom; Plus: Australian Aborigines Want You to Know Their Art Does Not Depict Ancient Aliens
This has to be the saddest story about Chariots of the Gods author Erich von Däniken that I’ve read in a long while. A report in NGZ Online, a German news site, says that the ancient astronaut theorist is scheduled to speak in the German town of Neukirchen, in Grevenbroich, on March 3. He is coming to the small town of just 2,700 people at the invitation of Thomas Stenbrock, a restaurateur who confessed to NGZ Online that he hasn’t read von Däniken’s works.
Before we dive into David Wilcock’s bizarre claims about Atlantis and Antarctica (which have now spread to the mainstream tabloid media via repetition across the internet), I want to share something I read in the December 20 issue of Forbes magazine. In an interview with Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, the New York Observer publisher told the magazine that politicians recognize that particular television shows attract individuals with specific political opinions:
Review of "Alien World Order" by Len Kasten: Feminazi Aliens Are Coming for Your Precious Bodily Fluids!
Len Kasten is a ufologist who came to the field after he claimed to experience a personal transformation following an encounter with a UFO sometime in the 1960s, when he was in his 20s. (Yes, that would put him on the grayest end of the ufologist spectrum.) He said that he didn’t realize that the UFO had changed him until years after the fact, a claim made both ironic and somewhat depressing by the fact that he holds a degree in psychology from Cornell University. He is also a former acolyte of Edgar Cayce and a one-time Theosophist. One of his previous books reported his alleged conversations with government agents about a secret U.S. exchange program with lizard-people from the planet Serpo. With a pedigree like that, I didn’t hold out much hope for his forthcoming book Alien World Order (Bear & Company, 2017), a volume dedicated to documenting the role of Reptilians in world history, from Atlantis to his fever-dream of a Nazi, Reptilian, and Illuminati occupation of America.
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