Portray a Scary Picture OF UFOLOGY

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The following book  review  was  taken from FSR Vol 26 #4 (1980) and

the response by the author of the  book  “GENESIS” is taken from FSR

Vol 27 # 1. I believe that the “novel” Genesis is a  must  read item

for anyone interested  in the field of ufology. I personally fail to

understand why the normally respectable  Ms.  Randles  “beats up” on

what is clearly labelled as a novel.



Normally, Flying  Saucer  Review  would not concern  itself  with

books of  the  fictional  kind,  for  that is what Genesis, a new

Corgi paperback by W. A. Harbinson  (published  October 1950, 612

pages) turns out to be.  The  theme,  however,  is  UFO’S,  so

it  merited  a mention.

For me it proved to be a horrifying book. Not  only horrifying

because its content is a kind of souped-up horror story conceived

around the UFO mystery, but also because of the dreadful image it

conjures up  both  of  the subject and the people involved in it.

Again there must be UFO enthusiasts  who,  weaned on the cover-up

idea that  so obsesses the author, will find sinister  undertones

in what Corgi Books label ” ” . . .the epic novel of the world’s

most fearsome secret”.

Novels based on ufology are rare: the theme of the very

reasonable Miracle  Visitors  by  Ian  Watson (Panther Books) was

written around the Vallee/Jung school of thinking.

This new offering, however, seems to be culled from the hard-line

ufology of Kehoe, Stringfield  and  Co.  There was  scope  for  a

literary  exploration  of the cover-up mythology.   Genesis tries

to do  that,   but  its idea isn’t entirely original, for our own

Gordon Creighton touched on it – albeit in a light-hearted manner

– in his article ” “Those cunning British: the truth at last. , ,

The complex plot introduces  elements from all over the world,

but  is centered on  Britain –  an  abduction   in  Cornwall and

regression hypnosis  by  a London doctor – and the plot revolves

around the activities of two full-time  American ufologists-cum-

scientists, whose  role  is  never quite explained.   Apparently

they do  not work for the government, yet they stroll in and out

of military bases with a freedom  that  is ridiculous to say the

least. Nor  is  it explained who pays these redoubtable  workers

during the course of the action between 1974 and 1975.

One of  them  is  an  older  man with an incurable disease the

other is a Whizz-kid who either  spends  a  globe  trotting life

following up UFO incidents, or wallows in strong drink in drugs.

This younger  one  is hell-bent on breaking the  great  cover-up

mystery before  his buddy dies, and one is forced to assume that

his methodology is standard both for him and other assoeiates of

his: in one scene he heats the truth out of one participant who,

soon afterwards,  dies  of.  a  heart  attack.   Other   methods

involve getting  his   witnesses  drunk,  in drugged,  and  then

hurling four  letter  words  at  them he even resorts to rape to

elicit the truth from one unfortunate.

In parts  of  the text Mr. Harbinson  actually   intermingles

real events and characters with fictional ones  even the late Ed

Ruppelt of  Project  Blue  Book fame, and poor James E. McDonaId

who, unhappily, can no longer  speak  up  for  themselves. Other

characters are    paraded   who   seem   to   parallel    living

investigators, and FSR also gets a mention, but fortunately only

in the  authors  notes,  where it is recommended as ” “mandatory

reading, , – but with a ” “selective eye”.

Basically the author presents  a  theory  (based  on  obscure

documents  said  to  have  been  discovered  in   West  Germany)

that everything   which  we  link  with  UFOS  –  19th   Century

airships,  the   Tunguska   explosion,    Foo   Fighters,  ghost

rockets and  the  Bermuda  Triangle – are the  work  of.  a  mad

genius, at   one   time  associated  with  the  Nazis,  who  has

discovered – and applied – secrets  of  longevity,  and when has

found a hide-out in Antarctica.  Naturally this  person  is bent

on world  domination,  but I’ll leave the rest of. the story for

anyone who may wish to read it.

For myself., all I can do is shudder at the false picture of

UFO investigators and researchers  that  will be created by this

monster novel. The horrifying aspect is that  many  may  read it

who could  well   have   their   own   UFO experience at a later

date, and keep their peace when  they recall the behavior of the

fictional investigators. My only hope is that many  readers will

not be  taken  in  by  the fanciful and artificial nature of the

book, which as far as the painstaking researchers and careful

documenters of  ufology  are  concerned,  belongs  to  the murky

waters at the bottom of another barrel.


GENESIS: Miss Randles please note


Sir. – Any book published is going to receive both positive and

negative reviews, and while all authors worth their salt should

enjoy the former and keep quiet  about  the  latter,  no author

should take  lying  down  the sort of distortions  purveyed  by

Jenny Randles in her review of my novel Genesis in the November

issue of  FSR.  The  following  corrections are therefore to be


It is suggested that the author  never  explains  who his two

leading characters are working for. In fact, in the very first

chapter (page 16), it is made clear that they  are  working

for a  civilian  organization   called  the  Aerial   Phenomena

Investigations Institute.   based  in Washington, D.C. The work

of that  institute, obviously  based  on NICAP, is discussed by

both characters in the same chapter. I apologize for not

discusing  their  income  (another complaint by  Jenny),  but I

can’t imagine many readers being interested.

lt  is   also   claimed  that  my  two scientists,  who  do

not  work  for  the government,  stroll  in  and  out  of

military bases with a freedom  that  is  ridiculous  no say the

least.,, To say the least. my scientists pay calls on only two

such  establishments  throughout  the course of  the novel: one

to Winslow Air Base, Arizona, and the other to NASA.

Regarding the former, Winslow is not a secret

establishment and  it  would be perfectly easy for a journalist

or scientist to obtain the sort  of  pass used by my character:

regarding the latter.  Rather than have my characters  “”stroll

in and  out   . . .   with   a  freedom  that  is ridiculous,,.

I clearly show them being refused entry to NASA.

Jenny describes the younger of my two scientists as someone

who ,”wallows in strong drink or drugs.,,  In fact,  that

particular character, Stanford, has two major confrontations in

the book – one with an alcoholic  and  one with a drug addict –

but during  neither scene does Stanford either  “”wallow,,   in

drink or take drugs; and nowhere in the 612 pages of Genesis is

it even remotely suggested that he has ever indulged  in  such

delicious vices.

According to  Jenny, the reader is ” ” forced  to  assume. ,

that young   Stanford’s   admittedly    violent    methods   of

interrogation (on  only  two  occasions.  I   might   add)   is

“”standard for both him and other associates of his.,, In fact,

Stanford’s only  other  associate is clearly shown to be a kind

and gentle old man who treats everyone  with  unfailing

decency. As for Stanford, contrary to the monster  suggested

by the unduly sensitive Ms Randles, he is drawn as an obviously

intelligent,  amiable  but uncommitted  young  man  whose  two

outbursts of violence in the latter half of the book  arc

borne  of  increasing frustration, fear and desperation – a not

abnormal reaction  under  the  circumstances  described  in the


Jenny suggests that one of  the  characters  died  of a heart

attack because of a beating received by Stanford. This is

simply  not  true.  The  character  in question   is   actually

murdered by someone else.

Jenny claims that Stanford “”resorts to rape  to  elicit  the

truth  from  one unfortunate. ,, This, also, is untrue. The

girl is  obviously  willing  and Stanford uses no force; it’s a

mutual seduction by two people who hardly know what they’re


Finally,  Jenny  seems  particularly  offended  than I should

recommend FSR  as “mandatory reading”   but with  a  “selective

eye” .,  To  that  l  can only reply that no higher praise than

“”mandatory reading” can be  applied  to  any  publication; and

that judging by your own admirably democratic and therefore

argumentative  letter    columns,   a  ,”selective   eye”,   is

frequently utilized by your most faithful readers.

Any reviewer  is  entitled  to  dislike  a  book; no reviewer

should be allowed to distort the contents of that book.

Otherwise. l thank you for  the  review  –  and  I  shall, of

course, continue to read FSR.

Yours in hopes of democratic treatment.

W. A. Harbinson,

44 Rosebery Road,

Muswell Hill.

London N10 2LJ

March 31 , 1951

PS:  The  novel  doesn’t  conjure  up a nightmarish   picture  of

Ufology  it conjures up a nightmarish picture of the

possible abuse of current technology: the Ufologists are not

accused; the scientists are . . . So!


Vanguard note…

We highly  recommend the book Genesis.  It contains much detail

on many of the secret weapons which the Germans were alleged to

have been working on toward the end of WWII.

Peter Kelly first told us of  the  book  which was reprinted in

the 80’s.   Copies  of  the  book  are very difficult  to  find

although some of our contacts did locate several editions.

We recently acquired a copy of Intercept UFO by Renato Vesco

on which  the  Genesis  book is heavily based.  This book gives

even more  detail  on the German  devices.   These  range  from

cannon powered by electromagnetic fields (developed in 1943) to

cannon powered by vortex rings of highly compressed  air.   Not

to mention the suction aircraft technology as developed by

Victor Schauberger, Henri Coanda and other German scientists.

Interestingly enough,  we  stumbled on an article on the Coanda

Effect in an old Popular Mechanics which will also be listed on

the board.

To date, there is STILL NO CONCLUSIVE  PROOF  just  what  UFO’s

are, how they actually fly, who or what pilots  them  and  what

country or  planet  they are from.  Not to mention what do they

want or what purpose they serve.

Harbinson offers a fascinating  scenario based on documents and

extrapolation from many sources.  The Airship  mystery  of 1890

is one  which  we  find  of particular interest since it was at

that time that Keely demonstrated  his flying machine to the US

ARMY.  The machine disappeared at about the  same  time  as the

many mysterious  sightings  across  the  United  States  in the

1890’s.  Files  to this effect  are  included  on  KeelyNet  as

AIRSHIP1 through 3….