It was a cold morning sometime in the winter of 1961/2 when I encountered this book, in one of those paperback carousels they used to have in all sorts of shops. In this case it was the local barber’s. After my haircut, I rushed home, got my half crown coin and went and bought it. Here it is before me, 50 years on, front cover detached and stuck on with several applications of sellotape, the pages browned with age. Not just my actual first UFO book, but my actual first real grown-up book. If any book set my life on its course, this is it.🔻
|A half-crown coin |
of the type used by
Peter Rogerson to buy
But at 10-plus I was hooked, it was obvious that flying saucers were spaceships from other planets. Maybe I would study them when I grew up, but then I thought that by that time, everything would be solved. Michel was clear that with a little more effort the answer would be just round the corner. 58 years after this book was first published in France, we are no further forward. Michel himself continued to support the ETH, but his ideas about it became much more sophisticated and his contempt for the sort of simplistic nuts and bolts spaceship ideas of people like Stanton Friedman was deep and severe. In the end he came to the conclusion that if one took the ETH really seriously, then there was no hope of understanding “their” motivations, concepts, technology etc., or even whether such words had real application to genuine ETs. He then gave up the subject shortly before his death.