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Alien Worlds issue 4

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  • Stuart Miller
    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
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      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

      http://alienworldsmag.com/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=101

      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:

      Interviews

      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
      galore.


      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
      citizens.

      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 film.


      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.



      Features

      Albion Dreaming

      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
      sightings.



      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
      die.


      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.


      Alien Interview

      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.


      Opinion

      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!


      Rob Bignell

      A subtle examination of just what buttons will be pressed when "life"
      is discovered somewhere else.


      Plus more!!

      --
      Stuart Miller
      Alien Worlds magazine
      http://www.alienworldsmag.com
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