Friday, April 27, 2007

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Monday, April 16, 2007

Tony and Sheila

Here's another reject submission to Bob Byrne's Shiznit, the excellent issue 4 of which is free to download now:

Thursday, April 12, 2007

UFOs

Recently, I've been reading UFO books again. To offset the waste of time involved I thought I might try and extract some sort of comic strip stories out of the material towards which the following tentative effort was knocked up. The summary text after the page was supposed to be typeset into it though it was too long to fit in legibly:



Subsequent chapters relate how Corso again encountered the recovered saucer in 1961 while heading the army's foreign technology desk. Corso claims he managed the covert seeding of the alien technology into corporate industry to foster breakthroughs like kevlar armour, fibre optics and integrated circuitry.

The story is largely unverifiable and thus stands or falls on its internal strengths. It is an intriguing tale, certainly until the dryness of the technology transfer details become boring - Corso's flat delivery tends to render even the more fantastical elements of the story mundane.

True or not, the most intriguing thing about this story ends up being the question as to why the author bothered? The 80yr old Corso died soon after the books release and almost certainly didn't earn much from it or associated UFO convention appearances. Doggedly loyal, he claims he was waiting until his commanding officer passed away before coming out with the revelations, adding some half hearted hokum about how it was time to 'let the next generation know the truth'.

But something doesn't quite ring true. Is the whole thing some sort of bizarre gullibility test tied to his army intelligence background? A complicated red herring? Or just the delusions of a senile old man? More likely, I think a tanglement of all three. Wish I could recommend it - unfortunately, as with alot of this UFO material, it was much more interesting reading about the book on the Internet than the book itself.