WAR OF THE WORLDS
FOR THE NEW MILLINEUM
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
Every generation has its fears and there are plenty of fictional stories that can recalibrate public paranoia. I was informed over the weekend that there will be a new series based on H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds. It has been in production since 2017 and that it will be a TV event. As far as I can tell, the series will be set in the 1800s just like Wells envisioned it.
This may be an interesting look into how the science of the day and the theories within the scientific community were actually thinking about the possibility that there was at that time extraterrestrial objects and visitations coming from a cloud of gas and dust that was part of what was known as the Laplacian Nebular Hypothesis. This hypothesis was made by Pierre Simon de Laplace in 1796.
Laplace said that the material from which the solar system was formed was once a slowly rotating cloud, or nebula, of extremely hot gas. The gas cooled and the nebula began to shrink. As the nebula became smaller, it rotated more rapidly, becoming somewhat flattened at the poles.
A combination of centrifugal force, produced by the nebula’s rotation, and gravitational force, from the mass of the nebula, caused rings of gas to be left behind as the nebula shrank. These rings condensed into planets and their satellites, while the remaining part of the nebula formed the sun.
In the early 20th century, the nebular hypothesis was rejected and the planetesimal hypothesis, that the planets were formed from material drawn out of the sun, became popular. This theory, too, proved unsatisfactory. Later theories have revived the concept of a nebular origin for the planets, but not in the same form in which it was proposed by Laplace.
Again and again, there were many scientific theories and again we see that science has continued to think and rethink. Contrary to 2019 thinking, science is never settled on anything.
We seem to think of ourselves as very sophisticated and smarter now but perhaps it isn’t about being smarter – it is about taking the technocrats word on everything without a doubt.
While the Nebular Hypothesis was popular in H.G. Wells day, he used it as a cosmological framework and speculated that Mars was a much older planet, growing colder, its resources running out, and all in all, was a dying planet. He thought that if there was any life to be had on that planet – it would have had the intelligence to migrate and take the resources from its neighboring planet. Martians finding their home planet is going to blight and ruin decide to dispatch an invasion force to seize the Earth by superior technological force and make it the new home for Martian life and intelligence.
The dying planet rationale is often used to justify alien invasions by science-fiction writers. This is a big improvement over writers who seem to think coming to steal all our water would be a great idea for an invasion.
It was in this conceptual framework of the late nineteenth century that prompted and shaped the way HG Wells wrote about a Martian invasion. His novel reflects the science and politics of his day.
In 1938, Orson Wells used the paranoia and fear of his day to prank an alien invasion on Halloween. He also formulated within the context of the Martian invasion scenario the hypothesis that gasses emitted from the planet Mars indicated that it was going through climate changes.
It’s possible that the Tharsis Mountains on Mars used to emit massive amounts of H2O and CO2 into the Martian atmosphere, potentially even covering nearly the entire planet in over 100 meters of water.
Recently, researchers at the University of Southern California dropped a bold claim a few days ago – they claimed that based on a new analysis, Mars likely harbors a “deep groundwater” system that probably extends far beyond the planet’s poles and bubbles to the surface through cracks in craters.
In a new paper published in the prestigious journal Nature Geoscience, Scientist Abotalib Abotalib and his colleagues detailed their analysis of data from a radar instrument on Mars Express, a European Space Agency probe that orbits the Red Planet.
Last month, the probe provided evidence of a wider Martian groundwater system than scientists had previously believed to exist. But the Southern California team’s analysis takes this a step further, hypothesizing that pressurized water under the surface spills out through cracks to form visible above-ground streams.
This would indicate that yet again there seems to be changes happening on the planet as the damage from volcanic activity is now possibly reversing.
This is a remarkable claim as a fictional account of the War of the World’s in 1938 set up a story where the atmosphere on Mars was changing and that scientist started detecting a flammable gas igniting and flaming out into the planet’s atmosphere.
The Mars Express orbiter has also sent back news that it has also detected Methane in the Martian atmosphere. Why the methane is there is still a bewildering mystery. It may even point to present-day Martian microbes living in the rocks below the surface.
Today it was reported in Nature Geoscience, scientists working with the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter reported that in the summer of 2013, the spacecraft detected methane within Gale Crater, a 96-mile-wide depression near the Martian equator.
That is noteworthy because NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring that region since 2011, and in the summer of 2013 it, too, measured a marked rise of methane in the air that lasted at least two months.
Again, this may indicate that there is life on Mars and the science of the day to now becoming some greater synchronicity to that of an earlier science fiction prank that actually created some panic at the time.
The radio play began with music and typical radio fill until an announcer broke in and said:
“Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin from the Intercontinental Radio News. At twenty minutes before eight, central time, Professor Farrell of the Mount Jennings Observatory, Chicago, Illinois, reports observing several explosions of incandescent gas, occurring at regular intervals on the planet Mars. The spectroscope indicates the gas to be hydrogen and moving towards the earth with enormous velocity. Professor Pierson of the Observatory at Princeton confirms Farrell’s observation, and describes the phenomenon as (quote) like a jet of blue flame shot from a gun (unquote).
Then a song was played called “Star Dust” which once again gives a nod to the earlier theories of H.G. Wells.
The radio show tries to give their bulletin some credibility when the Mercury Theater pretends to interview a scientist from Princeton University.
The scientist tells the reporter that:
Nothing unusual was happening only a red disk swimming in a blue sea. Transverse stripes across the planet. Quite distinct now because Mars happens to be the point nearest the earth . . . in opposition. He then goes on to say to the reporter that there is no need to panic – there is no life on mars no, canals, just a planet that is going through some atmospheric changes.
It is now becoming real news as the Mars Express probe is sending back some very interesting information.
Then, in the 1938 radio play it gets more intense the radio show then reports that Professor Morse of McGill University reports observing a total of three explosions on the planet Mars, between the hours of 7:45 P. M. and 9:20 P. M., eastern standard time. This confirms earlier reports received from American observatories. Now, nearer home, comes a special announcement from Trenton, New Jersey.
It is reported that at 8:50 P. M. a huge, flaming object, believed to be a meteorite, fell on a farm in the neighborhood of Grovers Mill, New Jersey, twenty-two miles from Trenton.
The flash in the sky was visible within a radius of several hundred miles and the noise of the impact was heard as far north as Elizabeth.
Last night it was reported in North Florida that a huge fireball came down near Gainesville. Chad Zetrouer was driving west on Newberry Road just before midnight, when he saw a bright flash across the sky. Local affiliate WCJB reported that the incident was shocking as people were bracing for impact.
The meteorologist on the local affiliate said that “Meteors aren’t necessarily rare, but for one to be that visible in populated areas is uncommon.”
A lightning mapper from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration picked up on the huge glowing ball of fire and said that it entered the atmosphere at 11:52 p.m.
There is still no indication as to whether the meteor made impact or broke up before hitting the ground.
In the 1938 radio play and in the George Pal 1953 film, there was an enormous amount of meteor activity just prior to the sighting of a capsule that crashes nearby.
Recently, there was a report that the Ohio Highway Patrol had spotted a strange UFO over Vinton County. Several calls came into 911 around 9 pm on March 27th, about a plane in the sky that had caught fire and sparks and fire were seen after the initial explosion. A few locals had not only called 911 but had caught the sighting on video. The large glowing object seems to throb –and then released balls of light that fell to the sky.
Law enforcement and Fire Departments ran around the county searching for a possible plane down for several hours but did not find any plane that had crashed. Highway Patrol also reported that air traffic controllers had not reported a loss of a plane in the area.
There was a similar video was allegedly shot in Massachusetts where a bright glowing orb was also dropping smaller orbs and that they would zip away into the sky.
Just a week before that, a helicopter pilot saw a strange UFO over Las Vegas and reported it to air traffic controllers.
On March 16th, 2019, an air ambulance helicopter was flying roughly 15 miles west of central Last Vegas when something odd caught his eye. During an exchange with an air traffic controller, the pilot of Mercy Air 21, an Agusta 119 Koala helicopter, noted spotting an unidentified object some distance from his position and only he was likely able to see it in the darkness as he was wearing night vision goggles, The controller responded that he had nothing on radar in the area where he was seeing the object, but when he heard the pilot could only see it through his NVGs, he responded with amazement.
The controller responds saying he doesn’t see it, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something out there. The pilot then informs him that he has night vision goggles on and that he can only see it through the goggles. The controller seems pretty amazed with the pilot’s capabilities, responding “oooh that’s awesome.”
On March 19, 2019, a strange aerial object that appeared to be falling from the sky while emitting some sort of smoke trail was recorded by a man in Anchorage, Alaska. After he submitted it to a local TV news outlet, the video quickly received national and worldwide attention and tons of speculation as to what it might be.
Those suggesting a conventional aircraft were stunned when both the US Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration weighed in with official statements saying they had no idea what the object might be, but it definitely didn’t belong to the US military nor any US commercial airlines. After a full week, there is still no answer nor explanation. What was it?
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson spokeswoman Erin Eaton was checking on whether JBER had any aircraft in flight near Anchorage at the time. A variety of aircraft operate from the base, ranging from F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III transports as well as E-3 Sentry AWACS command jets.
However, there were none over the area at the time of the sighting.
So the question is whether or not the object was a huge fireball plummeting into the earth’s atmosphere.
In the United States, 72.6 percent of UFO sighting reports generally occur in the hours between 4 p.m. and midnight, with a peak between 9 to 10 p.m.; in essence, bedtime or that last smoke outside or walking the dog. The hours between midnight and 4 p.m. represent 27 percent of the typical day’s UFO sightings.
The numbers are increasing and so are the sightings of huge fireballs.
The late Jim Marrs made an observation before he died regarding UFOs and recent rocket launches. He found it suspicious that every time a space launch is announced with some innocuous payload, such as parts for the space station or a communications satellite, the launch seems to go off without a hitch. Yet when there is a secret launch, usually only described as military in nature, these often explode or get lost.
He said that there was a body of thought that the Earth nations are being prevented for placing weapons in space or detecting extraterrestrial life.
The Russian Phobos II was due to closely scan Mars and even land instruments on Mars’ peculiar moonlet Phobos (the probe’s namesake), but in January 1989, as the craft aligned with Phobos, all contact was lost. Alexander Dunayev, chairman of the Russian space agency in charge of the Phobos II, announced that the doomed probe had sent back last photos with images of a small, odd-shaped object between itself and Mars just before losing contact with Earth. There was speculation this object may have caused the craft’s loss.
This loss was repeated in 1993 when contact with the US Mars Observer was suddenly broken. It too was lost just as it entered Mars’ atmosphere. Military-trained psychics known as remote viewers claimed the Mars Observer also was disrupted by a small object which they said lifted off the Martian surface and approached the craft.
If this wasn’t strange enough, later in 1993, a Titan 4 rocket exploded at a height of 100,000 feet. While the official explanation blamed the loss on a repaired rocket motor segment, Air Force Col. Frank Sterling, the Titan 4 program manager stated an Air Force video of the launch showed an unidentified object apparently striking the Titan 4 just before the explosion.
More recently, in September 2016, the private company SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket being tested at Cape Canaveral in Florida exploded setting back private attempts to go into space. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the rocket’s explosion was “the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years,” and added his team was not ruling out the possibility of an Unidentified Flying Object striking the Falcon 9.
This reminds me of the opening scenes of the film Earth vs. the Flying Saucers. The film that was made in 1956 and begins with a military test area being buzzed by a flying saucer. The next day, saucers appear during a rocket launch and destroy the rocket and entire launch complex.
Thirty years ago, we had not discovered a single planet outside our solar system. Now we know of more than 3,000 of them, and we know nearly every star in the night sky has at least one planet in its orbit. “Even people who are not terribly interested in science know that we’ve found that planets are as common as houses on a street.
Maybe the aliens are already here and we just haven’t figured it out yet. They might be taking some time to study us before unveiling themselves, or maybe they have already let themselves be known to certain groups. The truth isn’t out there — it’s here.