The New York Times staff reporter Corey Kilgannon wrote a great article on University of London-educated 89-year-old Zecharia Sitchin, author of The 12th Planet and the Earth Chronicles.
To me, Sitchin is the co-grandfather of modern ‘we came from aliens theory’, sharing the spot with Erich Von Däniken of Chariots of the Gods. Kilgannon catches up with him in his Upper West Side New York apartment and does an excellent job of summing up Sitchin’s work in his article titled Origin of the Species, From an Alien View
“Well, you could start by calling me the most controversial 89-year-old man in New York,” Mr. Sitchin says. “Or you could just say I write books. I understand you’ve got to have an opening sentence, but describing my theories in a sentence, or even something like a newspaper article, is impossible. It will make me look silly.”
In his kitchen, Mr. Sitchin pulled two Danish out of a Zabar’s bag and began to explain. It starts with the planet Nibiru, whose long, elliptical orbit brings it near Earth once every 3,600 years or so. The planet’s inhabitants were technologically advanced humanlike beings, Mr. Sitchin said, standing about nine feet tall. Some 450,000 years ago, they detected reserves of gold in southeast Africa and made a colonial expedition to Earth, splashing down in what is now the Persian Gulf.
Mr. Sitchin said these Nibiru-ites recruited laborers from Earth’s erect primates to build eight great cities. Enki, who became the Sumerians’ god of science, bestowed some of the Nibiru-ites’ advanced genetic makeup upon these bipeds so they could work as miners.
Read Corey Kilgannon’s full The New York Times article online. It is an interesting view into the world of the author and researcher.