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Colin Wilson, author of such international bestsellers as The Outsider and The Occult, also writes on archaeology, astronomy, and cosmology. His recent book, From Atlantis to the Sphinx, reached number five on the London Times bestseller list. He lives in Cornwall, England, with his wife. Rand Flem-Ath, a Canadian librarian, is one of the world's leading researchers in catastrophe myths; he is the author of When the Sky Fell: In Search of Atlantis. He lives on Vancouver Island with his wife, Rose, and their two dogs and two cats. From the Hardcover edition.
In this pseudoscientific account, Flem-Ath, a Canadian librarian, and Wilson (Alien Dawn: An Investigation into the Contact Experience; etc.), bestselling author and New Age-y jack-of-all-trades, propose a single, geo-historical theory that links the Egyptian, Chinese and South American pyramids and other sacred sites. According to this argument, these civilizations received templates from Atlantis that contained crucial geodesic, geological and geometric information. Furthermore, Atlantean mariners, based in Antarctica, sailed the globe over 100,000 years ago and established more than 60 sacred sites around the world, such as Byblos and Jericho, to preserve the sophisticated wisdom of their culture. They erected these sites, say the authors, before geological disasters wiped out their civilization. Flem-Ath and Wilson take us on a hectic roller-coaster ride through pseudoscientific history, complete with the requisite numerology and mythology. The authors stand proudly on the shoulders of their forefathers, Charles Hapgood featured prominently among them. Before his death in 1982, Hapgood had amassed "irrefutable" proof of civilizations far more ancient than accepted archeology allows for. Flem-Ath and Wilson seem to leave no cultural, geological or paleontological stone unturned in their quest for detailed evidence, touching on everything from the origins of Freemasonry and the Ark of the Covenant, to ancient Japanese pottery in America and angels in the Book of Enoch. Frequently, they claim the interest or support of various famous people, many of whom suffered untimely deaths. Albert Einstein and John F. Kennedy, for instance, died before fully embracing earlier theories about Atlantis. For followers of mystical science, fantasy readers and conspiracy theorists, Flem-Ath and Wilson's enthusiasm and conviction will be a welcoming island in a sea of skepticism. (Mar. 13) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
In November 1982, Professor Charles Hapgood wrote to a young correspondent, Rand Flem-Ath, adding an amazing postscript to his life's work on ancient civilizations: "There is evidence that the last displacement of the crust moved both American continents southward about 30 degrees, and absolutely devastated life and civilization on them.... "Furthermore, in recent exciting discoveries I believe I have convincing evidence of a whole cycle of civilization in America and Antarctica, suggesting advanced levels of science that may go back 100,000 years...." The idea was revolutionary. And it came from a man who had collaborated with Albert Einstein on the theory of earth crust displacement. Hapgood had discovered maps of sub-glacial Antarctica and he was on a secret quest for Atlantis. He was now telling Rand that civilization was 100,000 years old. Rand Flem-Ath replied immediately, asking for some hint of Hapgood's reasons for this amazing assertion. For weeks there was no reply, then his letter was returned, stamped "deceased." Hapgood's last letter led Flem-Ath to his own quest for the origin of science and civilization, of which this book tells the story.... -- from The Atlantis Blueprint From the Hardcover edition.