271 Marked-up Pages

I’m about 2/3 of the way through the first major, full on edit of the Saucer Book Project and I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far.  More words stayed than I thought would and I’ve been able to add a few thousand here and there, making connections more explicit and strengthening the argument.

And, of course, adding in the section about Billy Meier, the Swiss Contactee whose story spans decades.  Whole lot of information to sort through there, but I think I have an approach that’s narrow enough that it doesn’t become the Billy Meier chapter (it’s in with the 1970s stuff).  One of the biggest issues with the Meier material is that the original translations of the 1970s notes are pretty heavily edited (editor Wendelle Stevens removed inflamatory statements about religion and politics.  I mean, what’s the point?  Oh, and I think I met Stevens once, back in ’96 at a UFO slideshow in a hotel conference room.  Not sure though…)  Still, I think it works for my over all approach and, besides, a book about Contactees without Billy Meier doesn’t really work…

2 thoughts on “Hack and Slash

  1. Hello AJ, I listened to your Paul Kimball interview yesterday and am now looking forward to the book. Your approach seems like the right one to take and will help to make it more accessible to a wider market. Maybe university book shelves?

    I wonder if each Contactee was like a culturally-saturated nexus-point? By this, I mean they drew heavily on the media and society that contained them. Meier and Hunt-Williamson had elements of the paranoid mind-set that Hofstadter was underlining in the ’60s. They both sought to reinvent similar material to the Theosophists and appeal to the flip-side of paranoia which I see as the New Age values. Do any of their accounts or messages exceed their educations or the limits of their vocabularies? Is it coincidental that they occupied social circles wherein discussions of ascended masters and the books that taught such lessons occurred?

    George King had more success (oddly!), but it’s fairly clear he’d been mining the same literature and appealed to the vanity of people who believed ‘ascended masters’ wanted to communicate with them. At least King kept his channelings in English and didn’t invoke the silliness of ‘Solex Mal’ like Hunt-Williamson. If you’ve had the pleasure of hearing the modern day ‘Bashar’ doing his channeling routine, it’s notable that he sounds very similar in pace and intonation to King. Same old warnings, same limitations of language and concepts we see going back to 19th Century Theosophy and beyond.

    My personal favourite, for naive comedy value, was Buck Nelson. He was an unmarried, single farmer who lived in bib-coveralls and resented government taxes and the chores of maintaining his property. Lo and behold, when he was taken around the planets on a saucer, planets were populated by single men in bib-coveralls who didn’t have to tidy their rooms, wash their clothes…or pay a lot of taxes. His tale has many elements that feature in Contactee lit. For example, towards the end, he warns of societal collapse and the dangers of atomic warfare. Typically, a distrust of Government is as implicit as with other Contactees. As a cultural icon of Contacteeism, he’s somehow fallen into obscurity.

    No doubt, poor old Buck will be in the pages somewhere and I’ll enjoy reading a different perspective of the man. All the best.

  2. I like the idea of a “culturally-saturated nexus point” and I think that’s a good way to put it. What I’ve found throughout this project is that there are multiple forces working on each of these people–personal, political, spiritual. Most explorations of the Contactees–and there have been some really good ones–have focused on only one or the other of these. Religious studies profs have been the biggest source of scholarly writing on the Contactees, unsurprisingly.

    Buck Nelson! Yes!

    Thanks for commenting!

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