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Re: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For

From: Stan Friedman <fsphys.nul>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 16:58:46 -0400
Archived: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 09:38:24 -0500
Subject: Re: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For

>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2007 13:45:10 -0400
>Subject: Re: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For Sri Lanka

>>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.


>>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

In my 1977 MUFON paper Science Fiction, Science And UFOs, I
presented details of the very un-scientific views expressed by 3
noted Science Fiction writers: Dr. Isaac Asimov, Ben Bova, and
Arthur C. Clarke.

Clarke had done a full page article Whatever Happened to UFOs?
in the Saturday Evening Post, Summer of 1971. He said, "The
public is no longer worried about them - no longer news. The
hysterical credulity of the late 40's has been replaced, except
in the minds of the few surviving cultists - by a realization
that the heavens are full of extraordinary sights (astronomical,
meteorological and electrical)..."

He says "What killed the visitors from space concept was the
International Geophysical Year 1958 - they never discovered a
single flying saucer".

Of course, no basis is given for this extraordinary

One might note that the Trinidade photographs were taken from an
IGY ship. He stresses the Ballistic Missile Warning radar
systems and their ability to detect single bolts and nuts.

As if they have not detected "Uncorrelated Targets"  - their
fancy words.

Since when did he, as an English science fiction writer, have a
need-to-know for such data which is, by definition, born

In his 1968 book The Promise Of Space, he said, "After twenty
years of the wretched things, I am bored to death with UFOs. Any
letters on the subject will not be forwarded by my publishers.
If forwarded, they will not be read. And if read, they will not
be answered."

Perhaps this 'don't bother me with the facts, my mind is made up'
attitude is responsible for his ignorance. But why write the
article for the Post three years later???

Stan Friedman

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