Alien Worlds issue 4
- Issue 4 of Alien Worlds magazine is now out on the newsstands in the
UK and will reach foreign climes anon.
You can buy a copy online at our site at
FYI, in a week or so, the magazine will also be available as a
download. More on this soon.
Here is a rundown on some of the articles and interviews in this edition:
Stan; Why I Hate SETI
Distinguished, eminent and now controversial, Stan Friedman is the
most famous UFOlogist in the world. Respected and yet dismissed,
lauded, ridiculed, revered, and a general all round punch bag, you
love him or you don't, but without his contribution, the world of UFOs
would not be what it is today, and there's not a lot of people you can
say that about. Although it always seems like Stan has a new book out,
surprisingly there have only been four and the latest, Flying Saucers
and Science, is a rampage of revenge and vitriol as he cuts and hacks
his way through the stupid, the inept, and the downright dumb
unfortunates who have dared to tick him off over the years. And
nowhere does he reserve his deepest loathing more for than for dear
old SETI and his nemesis Seth Shostack. Buckle up and hold tight as
Stan bounds out of his corner with both arms swinging. Low blows
The Aetherius Society
Still going strong after over 50 years, an anachronism that has
adapted and stayed the course, The Society is a throwback to the 50's
and the contactee movement that has gone full circle and now finds its
popularity on the rise again. Never one to push themselves forwards
and with virtually a negative recruitment policy, they are a deeply
spiritual movement that has much to offer the UFO community in the
present day. A lot of what they do and believe remains shrouded in
secrecy and ignorance and so we were pleased to be given full access
to Richard Lawrence, their European Executive Secretary, for a frank
and open interview.
Jon Ronson, Gary McKinnon, Albert Stubblebine III, and a Goat
Jon Ronson is a journalist, author and documentary filmmaker and a
very talented and funny guy. A Guardian columnist, he writes in a
sardonic and wry style and is drawn to the weird and quirky. It is
that trait that has pulled him towards UFOs and more importantly, the
strange world attached to it. That isn't the sum of his work by any
means, but it is an area that he has returned to more than once.
That is not to say that there is anything weird or quirky about Robbie
Williams or Gary McKinnon for example, or at least I don't think. He
recently made a documentary with Robbie for BBC Radio 4 about UFOs and
he is turning the Gary McKinnon story into a screenplay.
He is the man who brought us such wonderful visual dramas as The Men
Who Stare At Goats, Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Bilderberg
Group, The Satanic Shadowy Elite, and David Icke, The Lizards and The
Jews, all documentaries shown on UK Channel 4. We caught up with him
as he was out walking……….
For Christ's Sake, Don't Mention the "God" Word
Next to the war in Iraq, the subject of Intelligent Design in the
United States has been the most viscous and hotly contested debate the
country has known for some considerable years. At its very core lies
the fundamental differences between the Old World and the New, and the
fight by the philosophical and political Centre and Left of American
Society to keep at bay the perceived gradual ongoing intrusion by
religious fundamentalists into the day to day lives of American
Professor Guillermo Gonzalez was Assistant Professor in the Department
of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University. In 2004 he
published a book called The Privileged Planet which postulated the
rare earth argument, namely that the location and conditions and
intelligence in and on planet Earth are extremely rare throughout the
Universe and possibly unique. He further argued that Earth was
particularly conveniently positioned in a prime location for observing
the Universe. As a consequence he concluded that the Earth had to have
been intelligently designed.
In 2005 and in association with colleagues from other universities in
the State of Iowa, over 400 faculty staff members signed a petition
opposing all attempts to represent Intelligent Design as a scientific
endeavor. Without being named, the petition was obviously aimed at him
and in the ensuing uproar, Gonzales was eventually denied tenure and
left the University. In a case that has become a cause celebre, he
gives us his side of the story..
UFOs And The Politics Of Reality
David Cherniack is a major documentary film maker with a mantelpiece
full of Gemini awards from Canadian TV, with over 70 films shown on
CBC, TVO, VisionTV, Life, History and APTN. He became attached to the
flagship programme Man Alive for 13 years where he visited the subject
of UFOs and related areas several times. In 1996 he went independent
specialising in what are known as long form documentaries through his
company All in One Films. He does pretty much all the production work
himself to keep costs down.
In May he came over to the UK and while here gave me a screening of
his latest film UFOs And The Politics Of Reality. Made over a four
year period, he has interviewed some very impressive people and the
film has been very positively critically acclaimed. In this interview,
he tells us what he thinks about abductions, UFOs, and the making of
The X Files.
The dynamic duo are back and as a homage and acknowledgement of the
debt UFOlogy owes, we carry an interview with David Duchovny.
Drugs are a very bad thing as you know. You have read the tragic
stories and you have seen the press. You may know people who have had
difficulties with substance abuse or you may have had problems
yourself. It is consequently a subject that attracts profound
emotional reaction and judgement.
There are two problems related to the condemnation of drug taking.
Firstly, many millions of people take drugs without obvious problems
and enjoy doing so. The pleasure of taking them is something rarely
mentioned for obvious reasons but it has to be recognised that people
do it because they like it. And secondly, despite the drug problem
being a phenomenon that started with the permissive 60s, it didn't.
Drugs have been around with Man for thousands of years and there isn't
a tribal village in Australia or South America or the Pacific or the
Far East or frankly anywhere where hallucinatory drugs haven't play a
part or still do in the life and culture of that Society. In short,
man has been doing his brains in for thousands upon thousands of years
and often, when he has done, he has seen strange things.
Researcher and author Andy Roberts gives us a brief background of LSD
use in the West and explores the drug's connections to alien
Are Crystal Skulls genuine artefacts or ingenious fiction?
In a balanced and extensive article, Nick Parkins casts his eye over
the history and evidence relating to the Crystal Skull myth, including
the latest testing by the British Museum, and asks why this story
still stays the course with loose ends that just will not lie down and
Sci Fi Worlds
In what we hope will become a regular column, Richard Thomas casts his
eye over the ongoing phenomenon that is Dr Who, the characters and
parallels with real life.
Remember Glenn Dennis the mortician at Roswell AFB and the nurse who
told him to shove off before the MPs got to him because he wasn't
meant to be there "or you're going to be in a lot of trouble."? Well
here's a stupid question; wherever did that nurse get to?
Lawrence Spencer has written a book called Alien Interview which
purports to carry the Roswell testimony of one Matilda O'Donnell
MacElroy. The UFO world has had countless bogus stories foisted upon
it by snake oil salesmen who insist their stories are true but can it
deal with a man who insists that his story is a work of fiction? Frank
Warren gives it a go.
UFOs, Crop Circles and Cryptids: What the Hell is going On?
Some people stand still within UFOlogy and hold on to the same set of
ideas during the course of their journey. Others change as they
process what they experience and discover, and Nick Redfern is one of
the latter. He's moved from Hero to a man with a question mark over
him in the eyes of some and yet the inability of anybody to nail an
explanation to the mast that answers all of the questions, or even
some of them, leads Mr. R down a path that not all would wish to
follow - yet. Join him and see where he takes you.
War Of The Worlds
Nigel Watson examines the origins of Sci Fi in the build up to Welles'
1938 broadcast and the cultural fall out that has ensued since.
Paul Kimball's Above and Beyond
The Myth of the ETH as ETFact
An outstanding, brilliantly argued perceptive piece from Paul who
continues to advance the cause of modern UFOlogy with reasoned,
provocative thinking. There are few better minds in the subject today
capable of considering the subject from an objective perspective.
"By focusing on the idea that little green/grey men have been coming
here in nuts and bolts spaceships, ETFacters have done a grave
disservice to the search for truth about the UFO phenomenon, and its
possible alien origins, in the same way that thousands of years of
religious leaders have undermined the search for the true nature of
God by force-fitting it into a limited paradigm that simply served to
reinforce their own worldview. They have not sought wisdom, nor
understanding - they have simply proclaimed an "answer" which has been
no answer at all."
No Defence Significance
Joe McGonagle examines the weaknesses and reasoning behind the claim
from the Ministry of Defence that UFOs are of no defence significance.
"The Round Files: The Real Truth Behind the Real Truth Behind SERPO"
I warned you with Daniel Brenton's first column that you needed to be
on your toes and I repeat it again. This man walks the line and when
he loses his balance and falls, how and where he lands confuses some
people. Stay alert!
A subtle examination of just what buttons will be pressed when "life"
is discovered somewhere else.
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