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Pranav Our Haunted Planet

Pranav Our Haunted Planet

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AFuturaBook First published in Great Britain in 1971 by Neville Spearman Limited.Fint Futura Publications edition 1975Copyright © John A Keel 1971This book is sold subject to the condition that
shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold,hired oat or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed onthe subsequent purchaser.ISBN o 8600 71537Printed in Great Britain byCox&WymanLtd,London, Reading and FakenhamCONTENTSIntroduction 7
PART ONEChapter One: 'You Can't Get There From Here' 13Chapter Two: The Continent That Vanished 22Chapter Three: If's a Nice Place To Visit But… 29Chapter Four: Towers of Glass and Theories of Putty 40Chapter Five: Strong Men and Stupid Enterprises 45Chapter Six:A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Extinction 56 Chapter Seven:Scientists in Collision 6$FART TWOChapter Eight; Mimics of Man 79
Chapter Nine: Men-in-Black Lore and the CIA 90Chapter Ten: Rendezvous with the Damned 101Chapter Eleven: Not One of Them, Etc____ 113ChapterTwelve: The Demise of the Gods 125
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Secret of the A^es137PART THREE Chapter Fourteen:'HeUoj Central. Give me Ganymede'155Chapter Fifteen:Where Is Everybody Going?X71
^Jüfipfer Sixteen
In September 1953,1 spent right hours inside the Great Pyramid in Egypt producing a radio programme which wasaired throughout Europe over the American Forces Network (AFN) the following month. Egypt so impressed me, andarchaeology so fascinated me, that I returned to Cairo the next year and lived there for several months, wading throughthe musty libraries and museums, prowling the desert, and visiting the ancient tombs. During a trek to Aswan and theUpper Nile I saw my first flying saucer, a metallic looking disk, with a rotating outer rim, which hovered for severalminutes above the Aswan Dam in broad daylight. I had written and produced a radio documentary,
Things in the Sky
, in1952, and my earlier researches into unidentified flying objects had already convinced me that such things not onlyexisted, but that they had been present in our skies since the dawn of man.Eventually my travels took me to Beirut, Damascus, Baghdad and a thousand places in between. I walked among theancient ruins and puzzled over man's illustrious but forgotten past. In India I wandered alone into the Himalayas andcrossed the border of Tibet (which has since been sealed by the Chinese). As I travelled, I interviewed archaeologists,historians, and assorted experts and Spent endless hours in remote libraries poring over rare old books. I was puzzled atfirst to discover that none of the leading authorities seemed to agree on anything. Indeed, a large part of the scientificliterature is devoted to theorization and incredibly vicious attacks on the theories of other theorists. Most perplexing of all was the fact that some of the literature about the ruins I had visited smacked of pure fiction, because theauthors had not visitedthe sites but laboured instead to couple fictitious theories with dubious facts. This led, of course, to conclusions that bordered on the imbecilic.An offshoot of this process is, understandably enough, an enormous quantity of crank literaturecreated by unqualifiedresearchers who attempted to interpret the scientific material in their own ways. In many areas of the less popular sciences the crank material outweighs the scientific because few if any scientists have tackled those subjects. So 98 per cent of all the available literature on Atlantis,flying saucers, Tibet, and prehistoric ruins falls into the crank category. The task of sotting all this out and developing avalid synthesis is a formidable one -one which! have undertaken with great trepidation.In his book,
 In the Name of Science
, Martin Gardner defines the characteristics of the common crank or  pseudoscientist. He lists the four chief attributes as being: (1) The crank considers himself a genius… even a toweringgenius who is years ahead of hi&time. (2) He considers his colleagues and fellow researchers 'ignorant blockheads',largely because they fail to recognize his genius. He assaults his opponents by impugnation, questioning their honesty,

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