- In January 1969, Brad Steiger reported in Beyond magazine that a correspondent examined a chunk of meteor and found within fossilized humanoids three inches tall, and Steiger examined a plaster cast of the rock, finding a tiny pilot within. In a later article in Flying Saucers, UFO investigator Buffard Ratliff said he found three ape-like creatures and four humanoids in the rock, and all were exceptionally strong for their size. (He knew that how?) Ratliff decided that the ship had caught fire crash landing on earth, fell into a body of water, and became fossilized 400,000,000 years ago.
- The authors tried to trace back a Russian UFO magazine’s 2004 discussion of what appears to be the plot of The Day the Earth Stood Still: “in the year of ‘Mon-Sham’ a divine man descended from the sky, using a ‘monster that was emitting light’ (spacecraft?). The people called this man ‘the master.’” The authors failed to find any primary source for this story.
- The authors found that the Fund for UFO Research fabricated a story of Chinese emperor Shun flying in an aerial machine; according to the authors, the incident was distorted from an account in Sima Qian of the emperor (technically, they are wrong about his title; he was one of the Five Gods) escaping a burning grain tower with the help of some hats. They imply he made them into a parachute and leaped from the tower, but the authors know this story only secondhand. I have the actual translation from Sima Qian: “Kusou again tried to kill Shun by making him go up and plaster the roof of the granary, while he set fire to it from below, but Shun, protecting himself from the fire with a couple of bamboo hats, came down and escaped with his life.”
- According to the authors, in 1967 John Michell claimed that King Baldud died after crashing a “Druid airship” en route to London. The authors researched this and found that it was a bizarre distortion of an early modern legend that the king had built wings of chicken feathers and attempted to fly to London, falling and breaking his neck.
I wonder why Vallee and Aubeck didn’t apply the same critical thinking to the evidence they considered “true” (including pieces from UFO magazines, secondhand summaries of ancient material, and fabricated quotes) that they do with these pieces. I can’t see any real difference in quality between what they claim as “good” evidence and what they say is “bad.”