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Re: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2007 13:45:10 -0400
Archived: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 07:28:35 -0500
Subject: Re: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For

>From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 23:38:10 -0500
>Subject: Re: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For Sri Lanka

>>Source: Lanka Business OnLine - Colombo, Sri Lanka


>>14 December 2007

>>Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens And Peace For Sri Lanka

>>Dec 14, 2007 (LBO) Celebrated science fiction writer and space
>>prophet Arthur C. Clarke yearns to see aliens and peace in his
>>adopted home in Sri Lanka, a video statement released ahead of
>>his 90th birthday said.

>>Clarke is widely known for his 1945 proposal to put up
>>geostationary communications satellites an orbiting relay
>>station that moves at the same rate as the earth so that it
>>appears to be stationary from the ground of which now there
>>are more than 300 going around in 'Clarke' orbits.

>>He also wrote futuristic fiction where humankind met advanced
>>space faring civilizations from other worlds.

>>Clarke who is celebrating his birthday on December 16 said his
>>fondest wish was to see evidence of extra terrestrial (ET)

>>"I have always believed that we are not alone in the universe,"
>>Clarke said.

>>"But we are still waiting for ETs to call us or give us some
>>kind of a sign. We have no way of guessing when this might
>>happen I hope sooner rather than later."


>Good ol' Art Clarke, much younger version, commented on the Trent
>photos when they were published in Britain. Sunday Dispatch,
>July 2, 1950, Clarke wrote:

>"There is nothing in the whole aeronautical field which gives a
>clue about the pictured object. It makes one wonder if there are
>extra-terrestrial visitors. We can neither prove nor disprove
>such a theory until one lands. They may be revolutionary types
>of aircraft or they may be extra- terrestrial. We shall
>certainly achieve space flight in 50 years or so. Others may
>have done so before us."

>About 5 years later Clarke commented favorably on Ruppelt's
>book, The Report On Unidentified Flying Objects.

>About 29 years later the show, Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious
>World, featured the then-famous New Zealand Sightings of
>December 1978. Clarke had read some of my reports on those
>sightings. Although skeptical, he did not throw them out.


What were your own feelings about the man's interest in the
reality of the phenomenon when you were in contact with him?

Arthur C.Clarke is a conundrum. I have great respect for him,
but this is one man who has had the resources for years to fund
a real investigation into a subject which has so richly rewarded
him. He has managed to sit on the fence scientifically while
artistically reaping great rewards writing about
extraterrestrial intelligence.

As is obvious above in you statement Clarke's time-line for
space travel is off - over-estimated - by 43 years as is his
statement "They may be revolutionary types of aircraft or they
may be extra- terrestrial." We now know that the Trent photos
were not of some revolutionary military aircraft. He did make an
attempt in his own television program back in the early 1980s
Arthur C. Clarke's "Mysterious World" and Arthur C. Clarke's
"World of Strange Powers" to at least look at the possibility.
In both of these programs he explored among other topics the UFO

Perhaps it was was because he was so busy writing about
extraterrestrial intelligence that he didn't have the time to
investigate - he could have had science looking into this
phenomenon through the weight of his influence plus via the
application of his own wealth - the possibility of same
interacting with our own; he had more than adequate resources to
do so. I've always found it a bit cheeky that he made so much
money off of ETI while denying any possible reality of its

Don Ledger

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