Tuesday, October 25, 2011


A book for contactee connoisseurs

Yesterday, browsing in a local charity shop, I came across an interesting book about UFO contactees and abductees (Janet and Colin Bord, Life Beyond Planet Earth? Man's contacts with space people, Grafton Books, London, 1991).

As the title suggests, the book is almost entirely devoted to discussing the UFO contactees and their fantastic and absurd (if interpreted literally) stories. These include such old favourites as Adamski, Fry and Bethurum, and England's Arthur Shuttlewood, whose visitors from Aenstria liked to chat with him by calling him from a local telephone box.

Some of them are more obscure, and there is one in particular that I have never heard of before. I reproduce the relevant paragraphs here because I am sure that most of my readers will appreciate its delightfully ridiculous details. In the book it follows on from the better-known tale of the South African contactee Elizabeth Klarer, who claimed to have given birth to a son sired by a man called Akon, from Meton, a planet in the Alpha Centauri system.

An even earlier contact with the Alpha Centauri system was made by a Frenchman identified only as Monsieur Y. Some time during the war, in the early 1940s, he had been contacted by space people who had taken him in a spaceship to their planet Bâavi in the Alpha Centauri system. The journey lasted only one and a half hours, the distance of more than 4 light-years being covered so quickly because the spaceship, which he called a vaïd, attained more than 'gravific speed'. This caused them to enter anti-time, changing course three times on the way to Alpha Centauri. On the planet Bâavi Monsieur Y found that men and women had complete equality and lived in a large metropolis, the rest of the planet being left to the natural wildlife. In their early years the young people had children and were then sterilized, living for several hundred years without apparent ageing. They had no marriage or permanent partners but loved everyone equally and practised a form of free physical love among themselves. They foresaw that a great cataclysm would hit the Earth in a relatively short time and so they planned to save some humans to repopulate the planet afterwards.

Perhaps this is what Akon and his friends from Meton were engaged in when he met Elizabeth Klarer. Monsieur Y also returned with much documentation which included a grammar of the Bâavi language, descriptions of intergalactic spacecraft and their construction, a philosophy of time, and the fundamentals of Bâavian science written in Armenian: these last were discovered by Monsieur Y in Southern Algeria buried in a cave and revealed to him by an old desert nomad. Why an archaic Armenian text should be buried in Algeria and contain information on the planet Bâavi, not even Monsieur Y knew.

The Bords obtained this story from pages 277-86 of a book titled The Mysteries of the Skies, but, oddly, they didn't know the names of the author or publisher. It is certainly not the book Mysteries of the Skies, by Lore and Deneault, as this has a strictly nuts-and-bolts approach to the subject.

Do people still find interesting books in chatrity shops then? All I ever see are unused cookery books and multiple copies of the DaVinci Code
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