Anyway, Tsoukalos has also taken to promoting himself as the “author” of something called Gods or Ancient Aliens?, implying that this is a book, since that is typically what authors write. So, since, as I said, I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt to alternative theorists, I figured I ought to read this book to see what evidence it provides for the ancient astronaut theory. I Googled it, and… nothing. Just as searching for Legendary Times fails to turn up the magazine, a search for Gods or Ancient Aliens yields no book. Instead, all I can find is a 90-minute “dynamic, fast-paced powerpoint [sic] presentation” and a rash of fake (I hope) OkCupid profiles for Giorgio Tsoukalos copying his promotional text about being the “author” of Gods or Ancient Aliens.
Is that all it takes to be an “author” in the ancient astronaut world? I suppose after having redefined “science” as “opinions” and “facts” as “lies,” ancient astronaut theorists can also redefine “author” as someone who pastes together quotes for a PowerPoint presentation.
But it cheapens the title of author for all of us—including, heaven help us, ancient astronaut theorists—who actually do the work of writing actual books.