The Conspiracy about the Lost Alien City in Antarctica Turns from "At the Mountains of Madness" to "The Thing"
More than 80 years ago, H. P. Lovecraft invented a frozen city half buried beneath the snow and ice of Antarctica, the outpost of an alien civilization possessed of incredible technology, a sophisticated culture, and horrific servitors who somehow … survived. While At the Mountains of Madness was a work of fiction, a sort of horrific inversion of Hyperborea at the antipodes, a determined group of ufologists and fringe historians have been trying desperately to make it a reality. Maybe Charles Hapgood and Graham Hancock did too good a job imagining Antarctica as the home a lost Ice Age civilization. Or maybe Antarctica is just the only place left on Earth where an alien city could plausibly exist without someone noticing.
Anyway, Michael E. Salla over at Exopolitics more of less credulously reported (or, rather, has “cautious optimism” about) claims made by—literally—a guy named “Pete” on YouTube in order to “confirm” the fantastical claims made by Corey Goode and David Wilcock earlier this year regarding the U.S. government’s alleged efforts to excavate an alien and/or Nephilim city in Antarctica, efforts witnessed by former Secretary of State John Kerry and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. “Pete” claims that a secret source has explained what is really going on at the site of the alien city. The “source” quoted by “Pete” is pretty much just reciting parts of At the Mountains of Madness:
I’m told to imagine the site as a massive city with as many buildings as a metropolis would contain, all devoid of life at least so far as we know. However, there are protocols in place if life is discovered in stasis or otherwise.
It’s basically a shorter, less wordy version of Lovecraft:
The effect was that of a Cyclopean city of no architecture known to man or to human imagination, with vast aggregations of night-black masonry embodying monstrous perversions of geometrical laws. There were truncated cones, sometimes terraced or fluted, surmounted by tall cylindrical shafts here and there bulbously enlarged and often capped with tiers of thinnish scalloped disks; and strange beetling, table-like constructions suggesting piles of multitudinous rectangular slabs or circular plates or five-pointed stars with each one overlapping the one beneath. There were composite cones and pyramids either alone or surmounting cylinders or cubes or flatter truncated cones and pyramids, and occasional needle-like spires in curious clusters of five. All of these febrile structures seemed knit together by tubular bridges crossing from one to the other at various dizzy heights, and the implied scale of the whole was terrifying and oppressive in its sheer gigantism.
Just as Madness helped inspire John W. Campbell’s Who Goes There?, which was the basis for The Thing from Another World and The Thing, and featured a hostile ancient alien entity creating medical problems in an Antarctic research station, so too did the originally Lovecraftian story of a city in Atlantis transform into a retread of The Thing:
And, the participants have suddenly found themselves exposed to “something” for which their bodies literally have no immunity — something not extant in the rest of Earth’s biosphere for between 13,000 and several million years! After the initial reports of “four emergency extractions,” the number changed to five … and now twelve McMurdo personnel are supposedly in need of a dangerous, “emergency medical evacuation” well into the Antarctic winter season.
Michael Salla of Exopolitics has more than a little reason to believe this warmed-over science fiction story, and that’s because he is planning a new book for next year about Antarctica and its supposed role in the so-called “secret space program” he has fantasized about for decades now.
I can’t really help but relate the claims to Lovecraft because so much of it seems to be copied from him, at least indirectly. There is, after all, no evidence whatsoever for a lost city in Antarctica, a story that is known only from the work of fantasists like Corey Goode and David Wilcock, who admit that science fiction is their inspiration, though they disingenuously claim that fiction is a secret disclosure of fact.
12/15/2017 11:45:34 am
Sounds like an episode of Star Gate to me.
12/15/2017 12:55:34 pm
Isn't Antarctica the least plausible place to have a secret space program. If I remember right the best place to launch rockets into space is near the equator. But I bet that's 'what they want me to think' so I will doubt the claim.
12/15/2017 01:33:24 pm
Isn't it mainly about the easy route to get through the Van Allen Belt? I think Tell Me Why told me that.
12/15/2017 03:59:19 pm
"I think Tell Me Why told me that."
12/15/2017 05:26:40 pm
Yep, it's about the worst place to set up a space program. The reason that the equator is the ideal place to launch from is the velocity boost you pick up due to the speed the earth is rotating (faster the closer you are to the equator) which translates to less fuel needed to get whatever is being launched into orbit.
12/23/2017 07:28:14 pm
It is quite a good place to store cryogenic fuels!
12/15/2017 01:40:20 pm
They really need to be careful with the excavation. We wouldn't want them to "accidentally" release the Xenomorph Queen that's chained in one of the underground vaults. I don't think the Predators will be thrilled, and we might miss the opportunity for a technological exchange that would give us personal cloaking devices.
12/15/2017 02:34:07 pm
Personal cloaking devices,, Whoa,,, you just blew my mind !! I finally figured out how the Templars remained hidden since 1311. It's unfortunate that the long term effects of PCDs eventually turns the user into a mudfossil. Giant Nephilim from the Antarctic using PCDs will give you Giant mudfossils ! Gotta go now, there is a book that needs writing.
12/15/2017 02:09:47 pm
And you know that somehow these shoggoths will will be linked to the Nazis just to keep the white supremicists happy.
12/15/2017 06:31:27 pm
I be eating my fried chicken corn peas and wasermelon dat maser dun give me.
12/15/2017 07:16:58 pm
You're a very brave man when your posting anonymously online.
12/20/2017 12:58:51 pm
I don't see how a racial slur has anything to do with the discussion here.
12/15/2017 07:19:59 pm
I always wondered why Lovecraft used so many adjectives in this and all other stories? Did he get paid by the word? I think most all of his stories would be just as good (or better) in half the words.
12/15/2017 09:50:52 pm
I think he was to overload your imagination which is trying to construct a picture as you read. Just about the time you start to imagine "vast aggregations of night-black masonry" you hit "monstrous perversions of geometrical laws" and your brain melts a little. You gotta love it!
12/17/2017 12:05:25 pm
Stealing from Lincoln I think: for those who like this sort of thing this is just the sort of thing they would like.
12/16/2017 11:15:26 am
tekeli - li! tekeli - li! We shoggoths read this blog too.
12/17/2017 03:59:34 pm
"Alien vs Predator", "The Thing", "Iron Sky 2", all deal with an antarctic base of some kind, aliens or others, and seem to borrow from "At the Mountains of Madness".
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