UFO Conjectures

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A science fiction writer explains what UFOs are?

The June 22nd, 2015 issue of National Review has a piece on Pluto, the demi-planet: To a Planet Unknown by John J. Miller [Page 20 ff.].

From the article:

Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930 … H.P. Lovecraft … was drafting a story called “The Whisperers in Darkness,” a blend of horror and science-fiction that involves … the dark planet Yuggoth, the rim of the solar system … Lovecraft was striving to improve the story, and he hit upon the idea of making Yuggoth a stand-in for Pluto.

New Horizons, the NASA probe launched in 2006 [is] scheduled to reach Pluto on July 14th [2015].

As we learn what Pluto is … we also learn what it’s not, such as the “fabricated metal ball” that Clifford D. Simak imagined in his 1973 short story “Construction Shack.”

[And] As Larry Nixon wrote in “Wait It Out,” a 1968 story about a troubled mission to Pluto: “A new world would hold infinite surprises.”

E.E. Doc Smith, a founding father of the “space-opera” genre of science fiction, described Pluto in his 1950 novel First Lensman as the home of an alien colony that has not yet noticed Earth.

Robert A. Heinlein made Pluto a prison for unruly earthlings in his 1958 young-adult novel Have Space Suit – Will Travel.

In 1984 Kim Stanley Robinson published Icehenge. Its title refers to an enigmatic, megalithic structure, similar to Stonehenge, at Pluto’s north pole. “It had the look of mind markings cosmos, like the paintings on a cave wall … But what as it doing on Pluto?

Pluto’s moon Charon … It’s so large compared with Pluto that the two bodies form a binary system: They revolve around each other, orbiting a point in space.

Last year … astronomers announced the existence of 2012 VP113 – a tiny planetoid well beyond the orbit of Pluto.

Lovecraft clearly defined Yuggoth as Pluto … Then he mentioned an overlooked line from a fevered passage in “The Haunter in the Dark,” the last story Lovecraft ever wrote: “I remember Yuggoth, and more distant Shaggai, and the ultimate void of the black planets.”

Yes, this is all about Pluto but I draw an inference that Sci-Fi writers seem to have unconscious insights or insightful gifts from the gods that give than access to truths that we “normals” do not have.

Therefore, it seems that there might be an explanatory fiction somewhere in the science fiction genre of literature wherein one of the gifted provides, at least, a tertiary solution to the UFO phenomenon.

Shouldn’t we be looking for that?



  • I don't know if what I'll suggest is explanatory or perplexing, as I'm not quite sure about which is more important for one's Research, answers or questions. But it's for sure worth to read Ian Watson's "Miracle Visitors".

    Informatively, I became aware of its existence through the pages of the monumental Colin Wilson's work, "Alien Dawn".

    By Blogger Leviathan, at Monday, June 15, 2015  

  • You may recall that the IAU, using their own definition of a planet, in 2006 relegated Pluto from the status of a 'planet' to that of 'minor planet'. Since then several new minor planets have been discovered beyond Pluto. I forget their names. Strange that during my lifetime there were always 9 planets. Now there are only 8.

    The only connection to UFOs that I can think of is that they too should be relegated in importance. But as they were never important anyway, in the view of science, where would that leave them?

    By Blogger cda, at Monday, June 15, 2015  

  • Somewhat on topic. The New Horizons spacecraft is now very near Pluto. Fly by will be in July...very soon. I've been waiting 9 long years for this. Hopefully we will get definitive answers to a lot of questions.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Monday, June 15, 2015  

  • Tim, I love you and CDA but notice you both mention items that appear in my posting, as if they are insights missing from Miller's article.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, June 15, 2015  

  • The list of alien candidate sites in our solar system is getting shorter. And I'm not holding out any hope for a photo an Old One sunbathing on a Plutonian iceberg. But Rich, this is an interesting topic and I'm glad you've brought it up. Whatever Lovecraft tapped into remains spooky to this day and still resonates.

    By Blogger Ron, at Monday, June 15, 2015  

  • Yes Rich, guilty as hell, but thought I would provide some relevant and up to date science that is going on now...real time.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Monday, June 15, 2015  

  • Understood Tim -- you are excited, as are some of the rest of us, by the closing in on Pluto.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, June 15, 2015  

  • Rich -

    You missed one of Science Fiction's classics... The Forever War by Joe Haldeman from 1974. Part of their training takes place on Pluto. My own, On the Second Tuesday of Next Week also has part of the great space battle taking place out near Pluto (though the vast majority of people in the world have never seen that books).

    By Blogger KRandle, at Monday, June 15, 2015  

  • Thank you Kevin...

    I have a gazillion sci-fi books and will look to see if I have Haldeman's and yours.

    Either way, I'll get them.

    Sometimes Amazon offers books for a penny -- I just bought three by Marina Warner (a noted folklorist)-- the books came in splendid, like-new condition.

    (If yours is available for a penny, that would be a treasurable buy.)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, June 15, 2015  

  • Re Pluto: you mentioned Clyde Tombaugh. I almost forgot, but didn't he have at least two UFO sightings? Something worth mentioning I suppose.

    By Blogger cda, at Monday, June 15, 2015  

  • Tombaugh witnessed green fireballs in 1956.

    By Blogger Ron, at Monday, June 15, 2015  

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