The Spring 2018 Edition of Alien Con Finds "Ancient Aliens" Stars Musing about Humility, Opening Star Gates, and Disclosure
It’s a bit of a cliché that reviewers and audiences misunderstood Starship Troopers and didn’t realize that it was a satire of fascism. All the same, I’m not quite sure how to react to the news that not only does America have internment camps for children now but that Pres. Trump has also ordered the creation of a new “separate but equal” military service branch, Space Force, to fight battles in outer space. I’m torn between thinking our world has drifted into The Man in the High Castle and thinking we’re now in Starship Troopers. Either way, there will be Nazis on the moon.
This week, I am busy working on my All About History cover feature, so I don’t have a lot of time for blogging. Instead, I will share with you today a report from the unreliable tabloid Metro about what Ancient Aliens star Giorgio Tsoukalos is reported to have said a few days ago at the annual Contact in the Desert gathering of Ancient Aliens stars and their hangers-on. According to the paper, Tsoukalos was rather blunter about allegations of proof of extraterrestrial visitation when speaking to a friendly crowd than he is when opining on television.
Erich von Däniken, Star of "Ancient Aliens," Claims in Newspaper Interview That the Media Won't Report Ancient Astronaut and UFO Evidence
I would be remiss if I did not note that the Discovery Networks, which recently purchased the Travel Channel, moved Expedition Unknown from Travel to the Discovery mothership. That’s about as far as my interest goes, however. I suppose it’s nice that Josh Gates has a bigger platform, but I hope that the parent network will keep a tighter leash on quality control and avoid the forays into ancient astronautics and guest spots from problematic figures like Brien Foerster that marred the show’s original Travel Channel run.
Reign of the Anuannaki: The Alien Manipulation of Our Spiritual Destiny
Jan Erik Sigdell | Sept. 2018 | Bear & Company | 160 pages | ISBN: 978-1591433033 | $16.00
OK, so here comes another one. It’s probably beyond pointless to try to break down some of the ridiculous claims in Christian reincarnation believer Jan Erik Sigdell’s forthcoming Reign of the Anunnaki: The Alien Manipulation of Our Spiritual Destiny (Bear & Company, 2018), but I will serve up notice of them anyway. Sigdell’s book was originally published in German in 2016, and the serviceable translation comes to us from the author’s own pen, if not from his own original ideas. Divided into six chapters, the book is basically a digest version of Zecharia Sitchin’s Earth Chronicles series, but the author at least recognizes that Sitchin’s works, and those of Michael Tellinger that were inspired by them, are unscientific and lack sufficient academic grounding to justify their more extreme claims. Sigdell thinks he can provide that.
Next week is the annual Contact in the Desert symposium in which the cast of Ancient Aliens and those who profit from association with them will gather to provide audiences with summaries of past episodes of Ancient Aliens, and more extreme claims that are too offensive to make it past network standards and practices over on the History Channel. This year, however, there is something new. In addition to the regular group of Ancient Aliens talking heads, Tom DeLong’s coauthor, Peter Levenda, will be on hand to promote To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science as a major player in the ancient astronaut field.
I received some bad news yesterday. One of the country’s top literary agents had asked to read my mound builder manuscript, but told me that he couldn’t possibly sell it to publishers because no mainstream publisher would take on a book with a topic like that. Now, I know this is not true since Doubleday is publishing The Secret Token by Andrew Lawler in a few weeks, and that book is an almost mirror image of my own, except on the topic of Roanoke instead of mounds. Though now that I think about it, Lawler does offer some words condemning mainstream historians, so perhaps that is my problem. I am relating history rather than attacking it. Whatever the problem, it is depressing to be told time and again how much educated people love my writing but that it can never be published because the public would never buy it. I haven’t decided what to do with the book. It seems like a waste to let it sit unread, but it is also rather pointless to give it to some small press where it will never be seen.
I read a fascinating article at Ars Technica this week, originally published on The Conversation, about Flat Earthers and why people embrace obviously inaccurate scientific claims. Harry T. Dyer, a sociologist at the University of East Anglia, argues that the core issue at stake isn’t the shape of the Earth but rather who controls knowledge. Advocates for the Flat Earth theory are standing against what they perceive to be the tyrannical control of science and government over the creation and distribution of knowledge. He relates this to the work of the postmodernist philosopher Michel Focault, who argued that knowledge is created and controlled to legitimize those in power. For Dyer, Flat Earthers are expressing their rejection of the legitimacy of elite scientists and academics as holders of social prestige and power.
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