Sci-Fi Leakage Into Current Reality

small_IkeWell, I intended to keep this blog as a companion piece to the story THE WORST TRADE, but that’s actually pretty difficult to do.  What good is any writing if it does not inform and inspire dialogue for the current times?   I had a film directing professor who once said that if you are not promoting dialogue, then you are wasting your time.  That is the nature of storytelling, something that humans have been doing for ages around the campfires that used to separate us from the animals in the darkness. If you look at Star Trek; what was it that we were experiencing on screen that hooked us so firmly?  We were looking at us; the human experience, looking at the human experience through the characterization of alien beings and situations of conflict that reflect our own human experience in those situations.  Much like holding a mirror to a mirror  and looking into it –  that is all we really know. image

As the title of this post suggests, I’m thinking about this mirror and drawing upon its use in the book and it’s impact on where we find ourselves in a current reality of surveillance, mistrust, and fear.  How did we get here and what can be it’s real purpose?  In the story, Eisenhower’s speech that warns about the creation and lasting effect of the Military Industrial Complex is a focused part of the story transition from the 50’s to the modern era of 2013.  As well, the Kennedy speech about the danger of secrecy in a democracy is another doorway to the present..  These two items thrust us into the future in the book just as these two items have thrust us into the actual present that we endure right now.  I say endure, because it is a condition, and one that is not yet concluded or resolved.  Why would any entity want microscopic detail into the lives of all?  And when ever in human history has anyone had such a power?  Merlin and his handlers, if he had them. could not have imagined such a tool as to be a fly on every wall, on every paper, every text, every street corner, every message, every keystroke, and damn near every thought that anyone has.  And when in history has anyone ever had such an omnipotent power that it was respectfully given back to the people and taken out of the hands of those that wield it?  Never.  Never has that happened in human history.  This is what Eisenhower and Kennedy warned about.  This is what the Founding Fathers dreaded.image It may have been the very thing, attitude, or intent that got Kennedy killed.  What does this mean for a sci-fi writer or anyone who dare say “The king has no clothes”?  I’m not even sure that anyone outside of my own address book or contact circle is even able to read this.  Sounds paranoid?  I don’t think so, as  that capability now certainly exists.  You just have to allow yourself to think like a fiction writer. It can easily go that deep, and we were warned, fairly explicitly as well as evidenced below as excerpts from the real farewell office speech of President Eisenhower and a speech delivered by President Kennedy in 1961 to the national Press Club in New York City.  They just don’t make speeches like this anymore.  You can ask yourselves why,   And always remember – scrutinize with a sharp mind and an open eye.

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Eisenhower Farewell Speech Video :16 mins

Kennedy address to the National Press Club – excerpted as in The Worst Trade : 5 mins

Kennedy address to the National Press Club – Audio -entirety in full context.

Kennedy on abolishing the “Nuclear Sword of Damocles” :44 sec

Kennedy on us becoming peacemakers :45 sec

The texts:

Eisenhower – Farewell Speech

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence – economic, political, even spiritual – is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

“…Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war – as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years – I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight. Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But, so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.”

Kennedy – National Press Club – 1961

“The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed…”

Jesus – A Shape-Shifting Alien?


I certainly do not claim to know the truth, or the full truth of the body of this article, and if ever anyone claims they know the truth in any matter; head for the exits, but a short while ago I came across an article that caught my attention. In it, an ancient Coptic text was deciphered, transliterated is a more accurate description of the process, but nonetheless the article claims a few important points that were carefully downplayed, I assume, to not start a firestorm; mainly that Jesus partook in the last supper with Pontius Pilate who offered his own son to die in Jesus’ place, significant in itself, but more importantly that he possessed the ability to change his form or the perception of his form to certain people that he encountered, including to his disciples. In the transliteration, he was said to have been in a state of form-changing or shape-shifting, or however you wish to interpret this capability, when Caiaphas’ functionaries came to collect him at the outset of the Passion. According to the article it was for this reason that Judas identified him to the soldiers via the infamous kiss, because they were confused as to whom they should arrest and had verbally expressed that before embarking. A link to an article is here and in plain text at the bottom.

Supposedly, that Coptic text originated sometime in the third century A.D. close to the time when many such texts of the early or proto-Christian church have been dated to be written; some earlier. Of course, many of those early texts did not make it into the official canon of the bible as many of the originators of these works, the so-called Gnosis or those lumped as Gnosis, were essentially political outliers.

I’m revisiting this, because in review of some of the other transliterations available in many modern scholarly books about documents from that era, particularly from the Nag Hammadi, there are many such references of Jesus being incorporeal, or not of the normal processes of the human being and body. One that sticks out the most is the Coptic Apocalypse of Peter, attributed to the words of Simon Peter, but written many years later by someone else. Significant in this text are many references as to what the body actually is and what the soul is, and more importantly how little it is that the common human understands these things. There are many references to the feminine nature of our soul’s connection to this existence – whatever that really is. But one of the most unusual parts of Simon Peter’s retelling is when at the time of crucifixion he says that Jesus told him that the body he sees above the cross is laughing, and that the nails being driven into his body were being driven into a substitute for the body. Jesus apparently told Peter that it was a likeness that they were essentially attempting to shame. It was at this time that he saw others; angels and even other likenesses of Him come to Jesus in efflorescent light. In other texts, gnostic, in this case, such as the Second Treatise of the Great Seth words attributed to Jesus describe him coming into a bodily dwelling where he “cast out” the previous resident, and that also describes entire other races of beings and levels of order amongst them that apparently he has descended from. One such example is below and I’m citing Fair Use here 17 USC §107. This is an excerpt from “Lost Scriptures”, by Bart D. Erhman, Copyright 2003, IBDN 0-19-514182-2, this excerpt from ‘The Second Treatise of the Great Sethpgs. 82-83:

“I visited a bodily dwelling. I cast out the one who was in it previously, and I went in. And the whole multitude of the archons was disturbed. And all the physical matter of the archons along with the powers born of the earth began to tremble when it saw the likeness of the image, since it was mixed. And I was the one who was in it, not resembling him who was in it previously. For he was a worldly man, but I, I am from above the heavens. I did not reveal myself to them in the love which was coming forth from me. I was revealing that I am a stranger to the regions below.”

Without trying to play biblical scholar here, these writings are known to many and continue to be researched and transliterated by erudite academes and are probably worth your time to give a good read. To me, it seems very similar to my admittedly limited gist of the Urantia Papers which I still haven’t gotten through, but what I have understood seems to point heavily to differing degrees of consciousness and corporeality, alien interaction with humans, past and present, and perhaps an alien origin of all humans. It is all worth investigating further.  Scrutinize heavily with your sharp, open mind.

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N = R* * fp * ne * fl *fi * fc * L

I don’t mean to gloat, but this time I will – my timing was impeccable!  It seems that some of the premises of THE WORST TRADE just got quite a kick being that no less than 8.8. Billion worlds have been calculated to be of the rocky sort like Earth and also in the habitable zone of potential life supporting planets.  That is a huge number.  Also it has been reported that about 20% of the stars in the Milky Way, our home galaxy, have earth-sized planets orbiting about.  This is big, big stuff folks!  I will stretch here, and not too far to say that the potential for actual alien life and intelligent alien life has just gone ballistic.  Here we are on a planet with humans that have just learned how to fly through the air in only the last 104 years or so; placed humans on another world – the moon; made a machine (Voyager 1) that has left the influence of Sol, our star;  placed robots on a nearby planet and have a digital system where I can sit at home and look at this distant world; learned how to compute in binary bits and bytes – all this in maybe one long human LIFETIME!  Incredible, and now, just maybe, we need to seriously start losing the self-aggrandized arrogance of  our own magnificence on this little vacuum we call Earth.  The vacuum mentality is a basal play field for the gamers of society and civilization. Exploit the collective instances and damn the greater good.  It bonds us to the treadmill of the economic isms and will not let a resource based society take seed, nor at present allow democracy to flourish. In that light, we need to reexamine the true content of religious texts and our place in this universe. We are not alone, my friends. For probability’s sake; it’s almost an impossibility.  Simply put there is no way.  And someone, if not many walking around on this Earth knows this for sure.  Why the big secret?  I guess we will find out.

Original post about Drake Equation.

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Alien Types & The Drake Equation

In a previous post I explained my approach, my world view if you will, to the beings that populate the book THE WORST TRADE.  The link to that post is here. In this post I’ve provided a rundown of the alien species that appear in the book in one way or another and not necessarily in order of importance to the story.  I’m also adding a little piece on the Drake Equation (fact).  The Drake Equation is an early attempt to estimate the number of worlds in our own Milky Way galaxy that may hold intelligent and communicative life.  Here is a Wikipedia page on the Drake Equation.  This theory has a few issues, mainly that some of the variables are overly broad, unknown to science as yet, or both.   To be fair, it is said that Dr. Drake, created the equation to plant the seed for further investigation.  There are a lot of what ifs and additions to the original 1961 equation.  Many of the curious and interested have run with the concept.  They are worth looking at.


“…used to their appearance. Most of the pictures and videos floating around on the internet nowadays– it’s them. There are only two other main types of Grays. There’s the very small, stumpy frog-faced ones who do most of the maintenance tasks. We call them Taskers, and then there are the real tall Grays, about seven feet or more who act pretty much like soldiers and look like the common ones only taller. Don’t mess with any of them though. And don’t force them over their moral protocol of defense which says…” General Holt

This is a pull from the book, a quote by one of the protagonist in response to a MUFON inquiry.

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Alien Types of  “The Worst Trade”

All are more technologically advanced than humans except the Thon.

Common Grays – are the main type of Gray in the book. Like all Grays they are telepathic and have never been heard to utter an audible word.  They are the old original form of this species and are humanoids. They are about  5 feet tall, with large heads, large dark eyes like a rodent – no iris or white areas, sallow gray skin, frail looking, with four fingers and four toes. They are pretty much in control of all things related to this species and interactions with other species.

Tall Grays – look almost exactly like the Common Grays, except they are very tall and willowy, most over seven feet.  They are skittish and prefer their own company, even amongst other Grays. They mostly serve a function similar to guards and soldiers.  If their moral protocol of defense is crossed, they can be downright vicious, easily able to kill a human without need for a weapon.

Tasker Grays – as the General said, are stumpy and frog-faced humanoids – more like compressed faces about 3 feet tall maximum.  They generally work on the Gray ships and in the background of installations taking care of the maintenance and deployment functions.  They control small robots for most tasks, but themselves are highly tactile.

The Errans, a.k.a, The Tall Whites – are a humanoid species with a pale, nearly albino-like appearance.  They are frail-looking by human standards, but with features very similar to humans.  Their hair is located in the same areas as a human’s, but is very thin and so white as to be clear.  They have eyes similar to ours, but are slightly larger in every aspect.  Our height’s and proportions are the same with one exception: As they near the end of life, they start growing again, but also grow weaker as they reach an incredible height of about 8 feet tall and more near death. 

The Reptilians – are a humanoid form with reptilian features evidenced in the formation of the skin and genitalia. They are slightly more robust than the average human and far more physically capable than any human.  Their reptilian nature allows them to change form somewhat, much like a cobra is capable of, but not shape-shift into other forms.  They are purely biological like us and in many ways similar to humans.  They can be quite emotional.  Like Tall Grays, you don’t want to tangle with these guys either.

The Thon – are humanoids with very long legs and wide muscular thighs.  Their torso would seem truncated to a human, too narrow across the shoulder, but still very muscular.  Their hair is jet black, shortish and spiky against pale skin.  Their world is darker than Earth, and they as well have eyes larger than a human, but very human-like and expressive.

The Nimes  – are humanoids with long torsos, a very high forehead and long proboscis, with wavy yellow-orangeish hair. Their torso seems far too long for their bodies.  They are about five and a half feet tall with large feet.

Pleiadians – are nearly the spitting image of modern humans in all of our varieties except for the placement of their ears which are lower, smaller, sometimes tufted with short silky hair, and set further back than a human.

Carnazians – are humanoids of our same height.  You will be hard pressed to find a male as most are female.  They have a voluptuous form in the extreme and are quite fleshy beings. Strikingly, they have beautiful eyes of a human form, but with crystal clear large iris’ nearly obscured by their their fullness.

Annunaki – alas, a non-humanoid and one that exists – well, read the book. They are more accurately described as amphibianoids if there is such a word.  Their skin is slimy and partly translucent in places revealing blood vessels and muscle.  You wouldn’t want to touch one.  In fact, you wouldn’t ever want to encounter one and I hope you never do.




N = R* * fp * ne * fl *fi * fc * L

R* = the average rate of star formation in our galaxy
fp = the fraction of those stars that have planets
ne = the average number of planets that can potentially support
life per star that has planets
fl = the fraction of planets that could support life that actually
develop life at some point
fi = the fraction of planets with life that actually go on to develop intelligent life (civilizations)
fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into
L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space

As you can see above, the last four variables are the most problematic because they are unknown. Current developments with Kepler data is rapidly helping to narrow down fl as mentioned in another post.  The near future should be interesting, and in the meantime sci-fi writers can have a field day.

If anyone out there is pythonista or wants to try it, here is the Drake Equation as a python script to play with.  Run it and enter any variables that you’d like.

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Drake Equation – 1961

Try various values and refer to some of the latest estimates for input

suggestions, such as 7.00 for star formation per year. Also, remember to

use a decimal format like #.##. Obviously, this is a very basic script without

any new expressions since the original equation.

If you are new – get Python on the web; install Python; make a new folder for this

equation program and others you will create; place this program file in the folder;

duckduckgo search how to put your new folder on the path; find out how

to open up a terminal; cd or otherwise navigate to the folder in the terminal

window, then type without the quotes, ‘python’

then just answer the prompts.

If using the latest Python 3.x version, use parentheses to print like this –

print (‘The estimated number of communicative alien neighbors in our Milky Way is’, N, ‘alien worlds’)

@author: A. Haver


def main():


R = input(“Enter the ave rate (*use decimal format (#.##), try 7.00) of Milky Way star formation per year: “)

fp = input(“Enter the decimal fraction (*use number close to 1 (#.## format) of stars with planets: “)

ne = input(“Enter ave number of potential life planets (*try (0.01) per star with planets: “)

fl = input(“Enter fraction of potential life planets that will develop life: “)

fi = input(“Enter fraction of life planets that develop civilizations: “)

fc = input(“Enter fraction of civilizations whose signals are detectable: “)

L = input(“Enter length of time alien civilization signals can be detected: “)

N = R*fp*ne*fl*fi*fc*L #The original Drake Equation

print ‘The estimated number of communicative alien neighbors in our Milky Way is’, N, ‘alien worlds.’

if __name__ == ‘__main__’:


Indian Springs Valley–Erran Base

In the story THE WORST TRADE, much of the early part and back story happens in the region near Area 51/Groom Lake and the other top secret areas near Nellis Air Force Base, such as S-4.  According to the books and recent promo tours by Charles Hall, the ‘Tall Whites’ as they are known, occupied a base area in the Indian Springs Valley region of Nevada through the early ’60’s.  That’s what he says.  Whether correct or misinformation, it became the setting for the ‘Erran Base’ in my book.  The Errans a.k.a, The Tall Whites, originate on the planet Erran (fiction) which is part of the Procyon binary star system (fact).  Procyon A & B are 11.6 light years from earth and to the human eye appear as the brightest single star in the constellation Canis Minor.


Indian Springs shown northwest of Las Vegas, NV.


Indian Springs Valley, Groom Lake, and Nellis – where much of the story takes place.

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MJ12 DOCUMENT – Signed by Truman 1947

The document below is reported to be a Top Secret document from President Truman to Secretary of Defense Forrestal dated September 24, 1947 that authorized the infamous Majestic Twelve, also known as MJ12, and also known simply as Majestic. 

MJ12 was an American affair created to interact with the alien presence on earth.  It was supposedly created and operated at the absolute highest level of secrecy.  It may have begun as preemptive diplomatic solution to deal with an alien presence, and as a strategic military intelligence operation utilized against a  force of unknown capability that possessed vastly superior technology. Dually, it seems to have been charged with reverse engineering and then eventual acquisition of alien technology for reasons that should appear obvious and in the context of post World War II; an urgent necessity. 

I’m presenting the document here for the reader to at least have experience with the  document’s existence if you don’t already, and to spur your own research on the subject.  If you find something interesting or know something about it; please share it.  There is a lot of info out there on all things alien.  A lot of it may be rubbish, but I don’t think all. Ultimately, in this realm as in all matters, you have to make up your own mind. I have no problem raising my own ‘skeptic alert’ flags, but as stated before I definitely reside in the “They are here and have been here” camp. And that there are many of ‘they’ out there.  In my mind it’s more of a matter of what’s going on – how, why, and who?

With that said, there are as many who reject this document as a hoax as there are those who have vetted their doubts for it to be without forgery and fraud.  Conclusions should be yours always, but first a little history on this document and an explanation of what it represents for those totally uninitiated in alien-human interaction.

The main clue is the date, September 24, 1947.  This date is less than three months after the event/discovery/recovery near Roswell, New Mexico on July 7, 1947.  Roswell itself occurs less than two weeks after a highly credible sighting reported by civilian pilot Kenneth Arnold near Mt. Rainier in Washington State on June 24, 1947.  Arnold was an experienced pilot and business person servicing clients in the region by air, and a deputy Sherriff in Idaho where he lived.  He described nine metallic crafts flying in a stepped-down echelon (>)formation. Using the distance between Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams as a reference, Arnold originally calculated that the objects were flying far in excess of Mach 2, about 1700 mph, when at the time human jets (the P-80) could barely do 500 mph.  The speed of sound is roughly 789 mph.  Giving himself generous error padding, he reduced his estimate to 1200 mph, still far beyond what humans could do in agile flight, meaning not via a V-2 or similar rocket propelled device with a smooth, aimed trajectory. When not in formation, these crafts were flittering through valleys and around small peaks like a game of high speed catch me if you can.  Noted as saucer shaped by Arnold, the flying saucer crept into the lexicon afterwards and remains there still. 

Are the Arnold sighting and Roswell incident directly related?  I think it’s unlikely that they’re not.  1947 saw a plethora of UFO sightings across the US.  An advance party comes to mind; one that eventually made contact with the nation that produced the first human-made fission bombs that broadcast their signature to any technology capable of detecting them – alien technology in this case.  It may have been the event that heralded in a new era where a planet once populated by avaricious, violent, talking apes originally motivated by sex is now capable of blowing it all to hell.

Did they come to warn us off this route – to instruct us in a better method of existence, or did they come because any creature that could do that to their own was their kind of creature?  That last bit’s a little unsettling.  Anyway, here’s the doc:


How Do They Travel Through Space?

“We want to travel as they do, through space via these miraculous methods. We want to power ourselves as they do. We want answers to solving disease. We want no one else at the table. Arrange a landing!”

This is the directive that was sent back to the first contact team at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.  The year was 1952.  The Grays wanted something from us and this is what we wanted from them; their technology.  An understanding and practical implementation of physics that was far beyond our capabilities at the time and as now.  The technology transfer was to remain secret and institute a divergent reality of fantastic potential; one for those with access and then control of the table, and another for everyone else, including the population that owns the table.

So how do they travel through space via these miraculous methods?  The quick answer is
an advanced power source, manipulation of gravitation, and materials that make up the skin and interior of the crafts.  First, let’s look at the manipulation of gravitation and remember that this is a “fictional” science base that allows this and subsequent stories to ‘work’ in my mind enough to run with it.  Although most of the underlying science is real and readily verifiable; don’t take it to science class or some interaction that your having and present it as all true.  It isn’t, but then again, maybe it is or one day, may be!


The schematic above shows the ‘brane’ of the universe we inhabit being bent by the gravitation engines of the alien crafts.  In “The Worst Trade” this is achieved through the manipulation of gravitons using advanced power sources.  Gravitons are hypothetical particles, or a quantum of energy exchanged in a gravitational interaction.  Gravitons are postulated to travel at the speed of light, have zero rest mass, zero charge, and a spin of 2.   The exchange interaction is the part that I find interesting for the story which envisions a greater amount of this energy or particles on the other side of the brane; in an adjoining multiverse.  The engines create a state that sort of links up (enables an interaction between) our universe with the adjoining one, but allows and controls the flow of the gravitational energy like a fluid or perhaps a circular string with no beginning or end.  The engines, therefore direct a constant sum of less gravitons, the weakest fundamental interaction in our universe, toward the greater sum present in the adjoining multiverse.  This produces an attraction that exploits the singular direction of gravitational forces that makes them always attractive.  The result in the story is to be able to ride along, or to be drawn along a ‘brane’ deformed by an imbalance of gravitons that shouldn’t be allowed to interact under normal circumstances.  Direction of movement along the surface of the brane is controlled by the tilt angle of the gravitational engine shown in purple.  In the Worst Trade, the S-38, which is rumored to exist, uses three such engines.  In the example above, if you want to to go left, tilt left and fire it up.

What Makes the Human & Alien Interaction Different and So Believable in this Story?

In a nutshell – realistic sentient being interaction; the type that might be expected of higher thinking beings. By this, I mean the disassembly and destruction of the iconic pillars that plaque society today – essentially prejudice.  There are no universal bad guys and there are no universal good guys either.  Out in the wilderness of the internet, where this story has its roots, there seems to exist three camps of thought.  One leans toward a stack of attributes ascribed to certain alien species as all bad, all evil, and all negative.  Another camp leans glowingly toward highly advanced attributes applied to certain other alien species.  The third camp ascribes any and all attributes to any group.  I am a member of the last camp as this seems the most realistic, because there are no monolithic belief systems and traits in the higher sentient species that I know the best – humans, although many of us continually try to impose them on groups of humans different from ourselves.

A lot of what I’ve read in the web wilderness goes so far as to attach all the best and highest traits to the fairest alien species; the Pleiadians, and to the Tall Whites, or Errans in my book.  Hmmn, now where have I seen that before in human history?  Everything good is white and pure.  Everything bad; different, dark, and alien.  If these visitors or hidden residents are factual, and I believe that this is the likely case, than they surely would have one more reason to stay out of the sight of the masses,  or to implement  the one great tried and true method of subversion through good ole’ divide and conquer. Don’t we understand the implications of this by now?  Maybe not if one looks at the state of the current world.

The aliens in The Worst Trade are nearly as diverse in personality as their human counterparts, but within their groups remain similar.  This is the approach that this book takes.  I’ve had fun with it and do like the story very much. 

In the book the Gray aliens are very different from us as one would expect. They claim that we are biologically similar.  And we are, but their alien-ness remains a gulf that cannot ever be fully crossed.  That distance is far less between some of the other alien species in the book, but with the Grays it is troublesome. For one, they cannot or will not speak with audible words,  They do not or will not write with hand created symbols, but we can communicate with them in a variety of ways, some of them telepathically.  They have achieved a far higher mastery of this physical universe , yet they are as frail and vulnerable as any living creature in it.  They certainly are not all knowing, but without giving too much of the story away; they, like us must seek out the resources they need for their survival and advancement.  And very important in this story; they have a morality, a code, either innate or taught, we’re never sure, but it works for them and their existence.  It seems to be a path that all higher beings in the story are on.  Humans are on this path as well, but we are the nascent ones, not fully aware of its real meaning or purpose.  We are just starting out on the road to this potential.  Our lack of understanding leaves us exploitable and vulnerable and unfortunately for us, but great for the story – this is a source of great conflict. We have no choice but to remain human.  And the Grays pervasive “alienness”  remains a dark zone for us. 
Re-examine human history where more technologically advanced and powerful groups encountered (discovered) indigenes in their native lands and first realized all the new and abundant resources to be had.  What happened next in nearly every case?  In all the new ‘earth-like’ planets currently being discovered by science, which ones have intelligent life on them that one day, we may be able to interact with?  The new numbers of planets found so far are staggering.  Imagine if we were able to travel now to one of these worlds?  Would we collectively behave any differently steeped in our primate origins and all the primal influences that come with it?  We are creatures of acquisition.  Whether resources or knowledge; we want it, and I think in all of that our base motivation is driven by sex.  Get more, have more, secure more –  we can be kings.  Would we even be capable of interacting differently on these worlds?  I’d hope so, and that we’d choose our path wisely.  The Grays in The Worst Trade have chosen theirs.

Story Guide for “THE WORST TRADE”


I’m glad you made it to the story blog where I will be posting insights to the storyline, concept,  and maybe some links to some of the many nifty items floating around the web and elsewhere related to THE WORST TRADE.

The story is generally listed under a science fiction category in most places, but it is actually more of a historical fiction piece with many sci-fi elements, but my view is categories smatagories, call it what you will, but I think that you’ll call it a good and interesting read.

The eBook cover of "The Worst Trade".

The eBook cover of “The Worst Trade”.