Alien spaceships sweep into the spaceport from a huge blue-green planet that swam into the regions near Earth only centuries before. On the giant runways made of quarried stone, alien-human hybrids scurry to make sure all is in readiness for the landing of the gods from another planet. In the plains and hills beyond, thousands of their servant/slave brothers labor to extract minerals from the soil for their alien overlords.
Nearby and tens of thousands of miles across the planet astronomical clocks like those of Stonehenge and Machu Picchu not only keep watch over the procession of the stars, but also serve respectively as symbols for the alien masters, themselves vastly ancient, who, in a complex rotational system of 2,160 years apiece, share the responsibility for all of human activity.
Science fiction? No. The true history of man’s ancient past as recreated by Alan Alford, a 36-year-old Welsh former chartered accountant who has joined the ranks of those authors, like Erich von Daniken and Zecharia Sitchin, who believe that ancient astronauts’ visited our planet millennia ago and critically influenced the evolution of our species.
Clearly, though, Alford whose book, Gods of the New Millennium, was published by Hodder & Stoughton on July 17 and has been among the top 20 on the U.K. bestseller list ever since has brought some new revelations and discoveries to the table. The Swiss-born von Daniken, whose first book,Chariots of the Gods, was a bestseller in 1970, was content to point his readers however innovatively for the time in the direction of various ancient artifacts, such as the supposed sculpting of an ancient astronaut on the cover of the Mayan King Pacal‘s tomb, which he claimed represented proof of alien intervention. Beginning in 1976 with The 12th Planet, the Israeli-born scholar Zecharia Sitchin sought to present evidence, based mostly on his reading of ancient Sumerian artifacts and inscriptions, that an extraterrestrial race called the Annunaki had bestowed the gifts of civilization on the Sumerians.
Sitchin claimed the interventions took place during the long sojourns the Annunaki managed when their home world, Niburu, wandered near Earth in the course of its 3,600-year-long, vastly elliptical orbit that began beyond the regions of Pluto. Sitchin also contended that homo sapiens is a genetically engineered combination of Annunaki and human DNA, created so that the masters of Niburu and now of the Earth could have a race of servant-slaves to quarry much-needed minerals for them.
This is basically Alan Alford‘s position, but he has elaborated upon it in several ways. Working arithmetical magic on the odd Sumerian counting system in a way that only a late-twentieth century accountant could manage, he has greatly extended Sitchin‘s chronologies, deducing along the way that theAnnunaki had genetically engineered themselves to live for hundreds of thousands of years, and making the time spans that he had extrapolated for ancient Niburan-human history square with the chronologies of the Old Testament and the Sumerian Kings List.
Alford has also determined that the increasingly recognized capability of ancient astronomical clocks like that at Stonehenge to measure the 25,920-year-long precession of the equinoxes’ was a gift of knowledge from the Annunaki. He has found new extraterrestrial purposes for ancient monuments like the Great Pyramid. And he has become convinced that the alien masters worshipped as gods by the Sumerians and other races oversaw the building of the observatories in order to stabilize and memorialize the rotational system of ruling the earth that they had devised as a solution to their own tendency toward internecine warfare.
Perhaps most ominously, Alford believes the Annunaki’s gene splicing-induced longevity is such that they may well still be nearby, poised perhaps to make yet more genetic alterations to their wayward, earth-laboratory creations.
Few might have supposed that the tallish, pleasant-looking Alford, with his Welsh lilt, easy ways, and ability to address an audience with such good grace and humor that he became something of the darling of this summer’s Ancient Astronaut Society Conference in Orlando, Florida, would also be the chief proponent of one of the strangest and most brilliant theories about the origins of mankind ever to be devised. But Alford has shown a fierceness about defending his ideas that suggests not only a deep commitment, but also the ability to do whatever it takes to bring these ideas before the mainstream public. In a recent web site pronouncement, he asserted that the U.K. national newspapers had entirely boycotted all mention of his book in the interests of promoting Michael Drosnin‘s best-selling The Bible Code, which, Alford declared, suggests that only God could have produced such a code and caused its prophesied events to come true.
According to Alford, the media feared that most of us will abandon the idea of control by a supernatural God if made aware that our puppet masters are a down-to-earth flesh-and-blood people namely, the Annunaki. Gods of the New Milennium, Alford asserted, is the one book which can explain in much more prosaic terms who had the technology to write the code and, moreover, who has the ongoing power to manipulate world events in other words, to make the code come true.
Previously Alford, a graduate of Birmington and Coventry universities, had provided proof of his determination by quitting his career as an accountant in 1995 and using his savings to self-publish under the name of Eridu Press his envelope-pushing account of the origins of mankind. ( Eridu is the name of one of the earliest Sumerian settlements, and, according to Alford, the first Annunaki settlement; the word means Home in the Faraway Built’.) Alford‘s gamble paid off. This spring, London’s Hodder & Stoughton acquired the rights and republished the book, negotiating a lucrative deal with the author which included a second book, due out September 1998, on ancient Egypt and its connections with a highly advanced prehistoric civilization, and a third, expected in late 1999, on UFOs and their connection with the Annunaki. Meantime, Gods of the New Millennium is being translated into Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Spanish, and probably French.
Central to Alford’s theory is the increasingly accepted realization by modern science of the amazing and improbable nature of man’s evolutionary history. Homo erectus emerged from the apes about six million years ago, according to Alford and others, and for millions of years thereafter changed hardly at all.
Then, abruptly, about 200,000 years ago (Alford gives a figure of 184,000 years, based on his Sumerian readings), homo sapiens emerged from homo erectus and our species took a remarkable leap forward in a very short span of time (evolutionarily speaking), acquiring a 50 percent increase in brain size, language capability, and an utterly changed modern anatomy. At the dawn of history, in ancient Sumeria, the leap became an exponential curve as mankind acquired in a few short centuries most of the benefits, albeit in primitive form, of modern civilization.
In his book, and in interviews, Alford insists that straightforward Darwinism cannot explain such a magisterial leap forward. Such prodigies of random mutation and natural selection would have had to take place, he says, almost simultaneously, and so perfectly, over such short periods of time, that there is just no way this could have happened. Citing Stephen Jay Gould‘s oft-quoted reference to the amazing improbability of human evolution, Alford points to a wealth of inscriptions, translated only recently, to back up his contention of alien-inspired genetic meddling in the history of our species. To cite one example, he refers to what seems to be a Sumerian reference to a knowledge of cloning on the part of the gods:
The Birth Goddess brought forth/the Wind of the Breath of Life./In pairs were they completed,/in pairs were they completed in her presence.