There is no astronaut named Grodin

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The Truth about Alternative 3

from its author, Leslie Watkins

(This article is taken from the Windwords newsletter)

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In our June   issue,   we   told  you  about  the  controversial  book

Alternative 3, by British author Leslie  Watkins.   In  out attempt to

find out if  the shocking theories in the book were  true,  we  called

Avon Books, the  American  publisher;  they  said  the book was out of

print in the states.  We called Penguin Books in London and found that

it was listed on their NON-FICTION  list.   A senior editor there told

us that it was officially classified as FICTION BASED ON FACT.  The

author’s agent told us it was most definitely fiction.  We wrote to

the author himself to try to get the real story, and here is the

letter he sent us.

Dear Ms. Dittrich:

Thank you for your letter, which reached me today.  Naturally, I am

delighted by your interest in Alternative 3 and by the fact that you

plan to sell it in the Windwords bookstore.  I will certainly

cooperate in any way I can.

The correct description of Alternative 3 was given to you by the

representative from Penguin Books.  The book is based on fact, but

uses that fact as a launchpad for a HIGH DIVE INTO FICTION.  In answer

to your specific questions:

1)  There is no astronaut named Grodin.

2)  There is no Sceptre Television and the reported Benson is also


3)  There is no Dr. Gerstein.

4)  Yes, a “documentary” was televised in June 1977 on Anglia

Television, which went out to the entire national network in

Britain.  It was called Alternative 3 and was written by David

Ambrose and produced by Christopher Miles (whose names were on

the book for contractual reasons).  This original TV version,


which had been scheduled for transmission on April Fools’ Day.

Because of certain problems in finding the right network slot,

the transmission was delayed.

The TV program did cause a tremendous uproar because viewers refused

to believe it was fiction.  I initially took the view that the basic

premise was so way-out, particularly the way I aimed to present it in

the book, that no one would regard it as non-fiction.  Immediately

after publication, I realized I was totally wrong.  In fact, the

amazing mountains of letters from virtually all parts of the world-

including vast numbers from highly intelligent people in positions of

responsibility-convinced me that I had ACCIDENTALLY trespassed into a

range of top-secret truths.

Documentary evidence provided by many of these correspondents decided

me to write a serious and COMPLETELY NON-FICTION sequel.

Unfortunately, a chest containing the bulk of the letters was among

the items which were mysteriously LOST IN TRANSIT some four years when

I moved from London, England, to Sydney, Australia, before I moved on

to settle in New Zealand.  For some time after Alternative 3 was

originally published, I have reason to suppose that my home telephone

was being tapped and my contacts who were experienced in such matters

were convinced that certain intelligence agencies considered that I

probably knew too much.

So, summing up, the book is FICTION BASED ON FACT.  But I now feel

that I inadvertently got VERY CLOSE TO A SECRET TRUTH.  I hope this is

of some help to you and I look forward to hearing from you again.

With best wishes,

Leslie Watkins

Unfortunately, Alternative 3 is no longer available.   We  (Windwords)

bought all the  remaining  copies from the British publisher and those

quickly sold out.  If the book is reprinted, you can be sure we’ll let

you know and we’ll carry it in the Windwords bookstore.