Science Fiction, as we know it, supposedly first came to light in the nineteenth century when writers like H.G Wells and Jules Verne wrote their epics. Yet the idea on which the genre is based is far older than that.
Take the following quote as an example:- “Some 445,000 years ago, astronauts from another planet came to Earth in search of gold. Splashing down in one of Earth’s seas, they waded ashore and established Eridu, “Home in the Faraway.” What does this quote actually signify? That the Book of Enki, a Sumerian saga, first written down on clay tablets some three thousand years BC, in essence is an account of how mankind came into being when these ‘gods’ arrived here on Earth and created mankind as a workforce. In this particular instance it is part of the introduction to a book entitled The Lost Book of Enki: Memoires and Prophecies of an Extraterrestrial god, which I’m currently rereading, written by the late Zecharia Sitchen, a proponent of alternative history. Sitchen was never a believer in UFO’s like Erich Von Daniken was, and still is. What interested him was keeping an open mind while studying ancient history and gods.
Sitchen’s Earth Chronicles series was probably his best work. For several years I communicated with him by letter as I read each of the books in the series. Like so many visionaries, Sitchen was largely written off as a crank by the mainstream. Nothing could be further from the truth. He was an extremely driven, highly intelligent man, and a thoroughly nice one. He was always prepared to answer at length, any of my numerous queries.
It’s largely thanks to him that I wrote my first Science Fiction novel back in 1995 – Turning Point, the precursor to my later Science Fiction Space Opera – Onet’s Tale, published in 2010, now sadly no longer in print.
Like several other ancient peoples, the Sumerian’s firmly believed in the concept of space travel and ancient astronauts, which they took to be gods, like Enki and Enlil.
The Sumerians understood the concept of space craft, largely thanks to their belief in how Enki, Enlil and the rest of the gods first arrived here on Earth.
We all like to kid ourselves that we have dreamt up something new. The truth is that nothing is ever new, merely rediscovered.
I really miss those written communications between myself and dear old Zecharia.