Science Fiction often seeks the Truth behind great mysteries of life and the universe. Searching beyond the veil of “reality as we know it” involves confronting our fear of the unknown but also opens the door to new possibilities that we might have never imagined otherwise — essentially offering us enlightenment.
Fans of SCI-FI will tell you their devotion to classics of the genre like Star Trek, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The X-Files grew out of a nagging awareness — one they could not escape — that somehow there must be MORE. More to this world than meets the eye … More to the nature of our existence (than we’ve been told) and … More to our place in the universe. We simply cannot be alone.
Of course, we are NOT. Since the beginning of human history, every culture on the face of this planet has offered up its own belief system (Buddhism, Christianity, etc. ) to explain our connection to life beyond Earth: where we come from, why we are here, and what it all means to our future.
It therefore comes as no surprise that the originator of “Ancient Astronaut Theory” (who also inspired the long running TV show Ancient Aliens on the History Channel) — Erich Von Däniken (Chariots of the Gods? 1968) — is a man of faith. “I am a deep believer in God,” he says. “I’m one of these figures who prays every evening.”
The idea first came to him as a young boy. Born in northern Switzerland in 1935, he grew up amid the horrors of World War II and received his education at a Catholic boarding school. That included translating the Bible from Greek into Latin and then Latin into German. It gave him a deep connection to the Christian faith, but it’s also what sparked his decision to look behind both religion and science for answers.
For Von Däniken, there’s never been any doubt that Aliens exist and influenced our earliest societies. The only thing as powerful as his faith in Aliens is his faith in God.
“Let’s assume that we have been visited by beings from outer space,” he says. “So the next question is where did they come from? What is there evolution? So they have been visited from another solar system. You can go on for billions of years, finally you arrive for a starting point, where with every respect to religion you say here we have God.”
THE QUEST IN SCI-FI
Seeking answers in Science Fiction can lead almost anywhere … from the far reaches of outer space “Where no man has gone before”, to one’s own back yard (where three-year-old ‘Barry’ was taken in Close Encounters) to any number of unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena (“The truth is out there”).
Interestingly, The X-Files, inspired by earlier TV series which featured elements of suspense and speculative fiction (The Twilight Zone and Kolchak: The Night Stalker) also revolved around questions of belief and distrust, with two main characters: Mulder a believer and Scully a skeptic. Initially considered a cult series, it became a pop culture touchstone that tapped into public mistrust of governments and large institutions and embraced conspiracy theories and spirituality.
Finding TRUTH can help us understand. A recent example: Arrival (2016), an American SCI-FI film directed by Denis Villeneuve. In the story, Louise Banks, a linguist enlisted by the United States Army (played by Amy Adams), must discover how to communicate with extraterrestrials who have arrived on Earth, before tensions lead to war. (Based on the 1998 “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang.)
JOURNEY FULL CIRCLE
The journey through Science Fiction can bring us full circle, back to the Real World in which we live. Storytellers like H.G. Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote about encountering Aliens long before modern Filmmakers like George Pal and Steven Spielberg brought them to life on the Screen. Star Trek (created by Gene Roddenberry) depicts Aliens as humanoid more often than not, allowing for the races to mix and produce hybrid offspring.
But it was not until the case of Betty and Barney Hill came to light (The Interrupted Journey, 1966) that the concept of Alien Abduction moved from fiction to reality. Serious researchers into the phenomenon like Budd Hopkins (Intruders, 1987), John E. Mack (Passport to the Cosmos, 2010) and David M. Jacobs (Walking Among Us, 2015) later documented — through regression therapy with thousands of abductees from all walks of life — eyewitness accounts involving not only abduction but also strange fertilization procedures to create Alien-Human hybrids.
Dr. Jacobs was skeptical at first. But after 35 years of interviewing hundreds of potential Alien abductees — who have recalled over 2,000 abduction events, with details strikingly similar — he eventually became convinced of their TRUTH. And he says an Alien invasion is escalating.
It’s important to know that while these Alien-Human hybrids look nearly identical to humans, they were not raised on Earth and they have certain abilities that we lack — specifically telepathy. So, though you have a being who is 90% or 99% human (whatever it may be), they will always be different. They know what you’re thinking. They can communicate telepathically with humans and each other. And they can influence our thoughts and actions (like a Jedi mind trick).
And we know from the work of other researchers that it’s not just happening here. Alien abduction is a GLOBAL PHENOMENON. Why? They are doing this for a reason. The whole thing — from sperm and egg collection to implanting fetuses and growing hybrids — is all about one goal:
“They’re living here among us, just like everybody else.
It’s assimilation. It’s planetary acquisition.”
— David M. Jacobs, author, Walking Among Us
As Authors, we created THE SURVIVAL TRILOGY (inspired by Real Events) to explore the human connection with Ancient Aliens through the eyes of Native Mythology — and what it all means to our future.
Truth can be stranger than Fiction.