31 May 2014

Majestic 12 Documents Are Real - Wikileaks

According to Wikileaks Stratfor UFO files, among all the controversial documents leaked to the public in the last twenty years regarding state secrets and the UFO phenomena is the fantastic revelations of the CIA's unacknowledged MJ MAJESTIC TWELVE files disclosing the most guarded of all classified subjects-extraterrestrial life forms and their technologies.

In order to secure this knowledge and prevent foreign countries from learning this vital secret and get an edge on the United States, President Harry S. Truman signed a finding that basically said that no one (including a chief executive) was to be in possession of, or disclose the finding without a "need to know" clearance which was above Top Secret.

The directive was secretly implemented without the consent or knowledge of the Congress and concealed by the wording of the National Security Act of 1947 which prohibits disclosing classified matters without presidential approval and prior agreement by the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency as amended in later national security acts. Knowledge of the finding was limited to only a select few within the intelligence and scientific community of the government and as long as the secret remained unresolved, there would be no official acknowledgment.

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27 May 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Birthright: The Book of Man by Mike Resnick

Birthright: The Book of Man  (Birthright #2)Birthright: The Book of Man by Mike Resnick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An epic novel of human expansion across the stars. Birthright: The Book of Man is Mike Resnick's masterful contribution to the science fiction genre's sweeping galactic legacy that began with Asimov's Foundation series. 

I actually give this 4.5 stars and it would be an honest 5 if not for one small thing, which I will come to soon.

'Birthright: The Book of Man' is an epic commentary telling of the rise and fall of Man as a Galactic species, where we gain the ability to travel into space, between the stars and eventually spread across the entire Galaxy. We have, including Man, 13,042 intelligent races in the galaxy, and we manage to conquer and subjugate just about all of them. And seriously piss them off. This is the general essence of the novel, humankind spread across millions of planets systematically imposing his will on all that we encounter.

Various forms of government are formed and none of them work all that well, because of mainly one thing, Man's arrogance. It's actually quite a cynical view but one that I rather enjoyed and found pretty believable, to be honest. I guess that my own opinion of our species is sometimes tested by what I see happen in the world and also what has happened throughout history, this meant that I can relate to the story. Well, in this tale nothing changes and we carry on just the same, albeit on a much larger scale.

The Birthright universe created by Resnick is nothing short of incredible and, of course, sets the scene for the huge amount of other Birthright novels and short fiction that Resnick has produced. This point brings me to the 'one small thing' that robs the 1/2 star from my review. Having read some of those other Birthright universe works, where Resnick spins some amazing yarns filled with action, adventure often with a fair chunk of humor, this book is a little dull, for want of a better word. The amazing scale of the story and it's thought-provoking nature kept me hooked, but it's a bit light on the action and fun. It is present, but minimally and I found myself wanting things to hot up a bit. This said, all of those other stories that fit into this backdrop (like the Starship series) fill that gap, I guess, and do it very well.

In a nut shell, it's a fabulous read and an impressive display of world-building that is unbeatable. Resnick is an incredible writer that's for certain, and this book demonstrates it loud and clear.

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16 May 2014

BOOK REVIEW: The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery #1) by A.G. Riddle

The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery, #1)The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


70,000 years ago, the human race almost went extinct.
We survived, but no one knows how. 
Until now.
The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity may not survive this time.

A first time novel from who I think is a very promising author. Riddle's bio says that he's been in the computer business for a while and this helps his writing, in that this fact lent a credibility to the descriptions of the computer/cyber sort of stuff in the story. The story is really a combination of techno-thriller and hard science fiction which, I have to say, worked well. I read some reviews before I chose to read this, and none of them really put me off so I gave the book a go. I totally disagree with some reviewers who say it's badly written, I finished it with no trouble at all. Yes, the author could fine tune the writing a little, but for a first time effort it's fine. Bloody good, in fact.
The first half of the book trots along at a good pace and then really picks up in the second half and I mean REALLY picks up! If I had to offer any criticism then it would be here, the pace seemed to get away a bit, and the story was padded with a bit too much extra action stuff that maybe wasn't really necessary to the overall plot. I'm not a huge fan of the short and sharp chapter style that Riddle uses, a bit like Dan Brown, and a little annoying. However, the plot is really cool and lots of fun and just my cup of tea. I really liked the connection with the Nazis and The Bell and the Tibetan mystics, etc. having read a bit about this previously. The Atlantis myth and mystery never seems to get old for me and The Atlantis Gene adds another good story and another interesting hypothesis to the 'genre'. The story finishes abruptly and I assume that the second book pick right up here.
Overall a great effort that's not without it's faults but is otherwise a fine book and hopefully the beginning of a successful career as an author for AG Riddle.

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11 May 2014

BOOKS: Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding (1-4)

Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding (1-4)

1 - Retribution Falls
2 - The Black Lung Captain
3 - The Iron Jackal
4 - The Ace of Skulls

Darian Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves.

The books (epub & mobi) are HERE at Mobilism.org

05 May 2014

Is There Really an Alien Moon Base?

Is this an alien Moon base or the ruins of one?
This question has come up time and time again over the years, but can there be any substance to the rumours? Or is it simply a load of junk perpetuated in the minds of crazy conspiracy theorists?

Click HERE and let us begin our journey to uncover the mystery of the alien moon base.

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03 May 2014

So THIS Is What It Feels Like To Stand On Mars

BOOK REVIEW: Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future by Mike Resnick

Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future (Santiago #1)Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future by Mike Resnick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bandit, murderer, known to all, seen by none...has he killed a thousand men? Has he saved a dozen world? His legend is as large as the Rim itself, his trail as elusive as a wisp of starlight in the empty realms of space. The reward for him is the largest in history.

It has to be said that Mike Resnick writes very enjoyable, fun and entertaining stories and this is no exception. Santiago is the second full-length novel in the 'Birthright' universe that I've read where Man has spread across/infested the galaxy and I can see why it's such a popular book with sci-fi fans. It's a space-opera with a distinct 'Western' feel, with outlaws, gamblers, drunks and bounty hunters all involved in the affairs of Man across the space that he shares with various other sentient alien species. The story is centered around the hunt for the elusive Santiago who is dubbed 'The King of the Outlaws' in popular culture. Various parties are all trying for either Santiago's scalp or wealth or attention or all of the above, and we follow the hunt along an twisting path along which we meet some colorful characters and see many different planets. The story moves along at a nice pace that is brisk yet still relaxing to read, and the format of following the epic poem by the fictional character Black Orpheus to introduce the characters was excellent and adds an extra layer to the tale. The plot is nothing spectacular, and I'd more-or-less worked out how it was going to finish a bit before the end but this didn't ruin it for me at all and Resnick's writing really makes for a fun read. His character development is excellent and he does really well with this one where he needs to introduce such a large cast of characters without getting too bogged down and neglecting the overall story. An excellent book and another one that should be made into a movie. Highly recommended.


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