With the release of Ridley Scott’s new movie Prometheus, comes the revival of the Ancient Astronaut theories made famous in the 1960’s and 70’s by Erich von Däniken. The idea is that evidence can be found in the art and writings from antiquity that imply that some sort of ancient aliens have visited the Earth and mucked about with our ancestors before leaving, never to be seen again.
Personally, I don’t believe a word of it. But man, do I love those awful shows on the History Channel about the people who swear all that stuff is actually real. People will believe all kinds of crazy non-sense. That’s just part of being human. In the end, it’s all pretty much unknowable. But that’s where Fiction comes in and makes it believable with special effects and creative story telling.
I guess my fascination with all this ancient astronaut nonsense has found its way into my latest novel – Starveyors. Just as I’m starting to work my way into the big finale of the book I start seeing these ads for Prometheus. My heart begins to sink a bit as this exact thing happened in the middle of the writing of Tyrmia. A little movie called Avatar came out and stole my thunder with a very similar story with very similar looking aliens.
I seem to have this timing problem with my novels.