Econ Verlag now part of Ullstein Verlag was willing to publish the book after a complete reworking by a professional author, Utz Utermann , who used the pseudonym of Wilhelm Roggersdorf. He used the money for foreign travel to research his book. He also describes ancient artwork throughout the world as containing depictions of astronauts, air and space vehicles, extraterrestrials, and complex technology. He has failed to credit these authors properly or at all, even when making the same claims using similar or identical evidence. I also hope for the continuing popularity of books like Chariots of the Gods? He reported seeing mounds of gold, strange statues, and a library containing metal tablets, all of which he considered to be evidence of ancient extraterrestrial visitation.
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Erich von Daniken is not a scholar. He is an autodidact, which the dictionary defines as a man who is self-taught. Probably this helps to explain the success his first book met with all over the world. Completely free from all prejudices, he had to demonstrate personally that his theses and theories were not unfounded and hundreds of thousands of readers were able to follow him along the adventurous road he took—a road that led into regions that were surrounded and protected by taboos.
Besides, his fearless questioning of all the previous explanations of the origin of the human race seems to have been long overdue.
Erich von Daniken was not the first man who dared to challenge them, but his questions were more impartial, more direct and more audacious. In addition, he was able to say exactly what he wanted to say, unlike a professor, for example, who would have felt bound to take the opinions of his colleagues or the representatives of similar academic disciplines into consideration. What is more, he came up with some startling answers.
Men who bluntly ask bold questions that cast doubt on time-honoured, accepted explanations have always been a nuisance and people have never been over-fussy about how they silenced them. In the past their books were banished to secret libraries or put on the Index; today people try to hush them up or make them look ridiculous. Yet none of these methods has ever succeeded in disposing of questions which concern the reason for our very existence. Erich von Daniken has the spontaneity of the enthusiast.
Von Daniken booked a flight to Moscow on the spot. The author of Chariots of the Gods? Since his first journey in , he hops on planes to clear up his theories the way we catch a bus. Thinking on the space scale as he does, distance means nothing to him so long as the goal of his journeys provides arguments for the impossible.
Wilhelm Roggersdorf. Foreword Return to the stars? Does that mean that we came from the stars? The desire for peace, the search for immortality, hankering for the stars—all these are deeply rooted in the human consciousness and have been ceaselessly pressing for realisation from time immemorial.
Is this urge for realisation that is so deeply implanted in human beings something to be taken for granted? Or does this striving for fulfilment, this nostalgia for the stars, conceal something quite different? Memories of our terrestrial ancestors and memories of our cosmic teachers are both at work in us. The process took place too suddenly for that. Obviously we shall not find proofs of my assertion on the earth if we stick to the existing methods of archaeological investigation.
If we do, we shall simply and inexorably increase the existing collections of human and animal remains. Each find will be given its catalogue number, put in a glass case in a museum and kept clean by the museum staff. But we cannot approach the heart of the matter with such methods alone. For the heart of the matter, I am convinced, lies in the important questions of when and how our ancestors became intelligent. This book is an attempt to provide new arguments for my theory.
It is meant to be another peaceful incentive to reflection about the past and future of mankind. For too long we have failed to investigate our remote past with daring and imagination. It will not be possible to produce the last conclusive proofs in one generation, but the walls which still separate fantasy from reality will have more and more breaches in them. I shall try to do my best to keep on breaking through them with new aggressive questions.
Perhaps I shall be lucky. Perhaps questions of the kind that are also asked by Louis Pauwels, Jacques Bergier and Robert Charroux will be answered in my lifetime. I should like to thank the countless readers of my Chariots of the Gods?
I want them to accept this book as the response to their encouragement. I should like to thank everyone who helped me to write this new book. I wrote it during my imprisonment on remand in the Remand Prison of the Canton of Graubunden in Chur. Erich Von Daniken.
Erich von Däniken
Moogull Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But as any conspiracy theories go everything is to be taken with a grain of salt. Chariots of the Gods? The right hand is not handling any rocket controls, but simply making a traditional Maya gesture that other figures in the sides of the lid also make, and is not holding anything.
Return to the Stars: Evidence for the Impossible
Erich von Daniken is not a scholar. He is an autodidact, which the dictionary defines as a man who is self-taught. Probably this helps to explain the success his first book met with all over the world. Completely free from all prejudices, he had to demonstrate personally that his theses and theories were not unfounded and hundreds of thousands of readers were able to follow him along the adventurous road he took—a road that led into regions that were surrounded and protected by taboos. Besides, his fearless questioning of all the previous explanations of the origin of the human race seems to have been long overdue. Erich von Daniken was not the first man who dared to challenge them, but his questions were more impartial, more direct and more audacious.