Yesterday I finished a couple of big projects - or at least put them into some sort of "rough draft order" - and I decided to goof off and read a book. The book of choice, in this case, was an old science fiction yarn called The Puzzle of the Space Pyramids by Eando Binder, a nom-de-plume for Alfred Binder and his brother Otto, both of whom wrote a series of sci-fi novels. In this case, the book was quite a yarn, and entertaining in its own way. Written first as a series of short stories that were serialized in the late 1930's and early 1940's, the stories were "fixed up" and reprinted as a novel.
I had heard of this book through the writing of the late Mac Tonnies, and finally finding a used copy online, bought it. The premise is simple, if a bit dated by the standards of modern science and exo-planetary geology and meteorology. A team of scientists and explorers is sent to Mars, where they encounter the famous Martian canals and a variety of life forms, most of them hostile. But they also encounter something else: Egyptian-looking pyramids. The group barely makes it back to Earth in its rocket ship (yea, this is the 1930's and 1940's after all), after losing a few crew members to Mars' extraterrestrials.
The scientists speculate that the pyramid is much older than those on Earth in Egypt, and so come to the conclusion either that Martians had somehow been responsible for contact with the Earth and for building the ones there, or conversely, that some very ancient civilization on Earth - long gone - had been a space-faring civilization and had built the ones on Mars.
Elements of the same team then turn up on Venus, conducting similar exploration expeditions, and discover the planet to be one vast ocean of water and a fecundity of life, including intelligent life, contrary to all scientific expectations.
But, once again, they discover another Egyptian-looking pyramid. After communicating with the local Venusians through sign-language and pointing out the pyramid, the natives turn suddenly aggressive until the team manages to save the Venusian leader's son, after which everything is a-ok again. The scientists learn that the Venusians thought them to be descendants of the people from the sky who came long ago, and who built the pyramid and enslaved them. Having yet another piece of what was becoming a cosmic puzzle, the scientists decide to explore the pyramid, and find therein a set of tablets with strange-looking hieroglyphs, but lo and behold, some of the hieroglyphs are also in ancient Egyptian, allowing at least a partial decoding of the tablets. From this and from observations about the pyramid itself, the scientists conjecture is was a machine of some sort.
At this juncture, I was, of course, taken by the odd parallels in the story not only with my own research on the subject, but with that of engineer Chris Dunn, whose Giza Powerplant argues the case that the Great Pyramid was a power-producing machine of some sort.
And then, once again, the scientists blast off for Earth in their rocket ship, having once again lost some members of the expedition to the hostile Venusian climate (and we're talking really hostile here...there's a "death mold" that, if you scratch or cut yourself, instantly sets in and within minutes consumes you alive).
Yet again, our intrepid team of explorers, with new members of the team, sets off to explore the planet Mercury and, you guessed it, the planet not only is home to intelligent life (in this case, a kind of intelligent mushroom-like plant!), but is also the home to a pyramid in the Egyptian style.
And rounding out this "puzzle of the space pyramids," the team finally makes its way to the Jovian moon Ganymede, and there they observe through their telescopes another pyramid on the distant Jovian moon of Callisto. And later, through a variety of mishaps and changes of fortune, they are forced to land on the surface of Jupiter itself (yes, you read that right, the surface of Jupiter itself) where - you guessed it - they find another enormous pyramid with the remains of machinery inside and more records.
At this juncture, one of the scientists who has been involved with the "decoding" of the tablets found elsewhere in the celestial grid-work of pyramids, was able to put the final piece of the puzzle together. And at the very end of the book, the mystery is revealed, and I quote the passage at length here, so that the reader can understand the nature of how this book impacted me (the excerpts are from a conversation between the scientist - Halloway - and two of the expedition's crew members):
"''But one clue was in each pyramid, on each planet. A set of figures. Mathematics is a universal language. These figures told how much power each apex-machine produced.'
"'Power to to what?' we asked patiently."
"'To move a planet.'"
"'What kind of power is that?'" we gasped.
"'Gravity-power,' Halloway said."
Halloway went on to explain that what the ancient civilization was trying to to was to move an entire planet that used to be in the orbit of the asteroid belt, out of its eccentric orbit so it would no longer endanger the civilization on Mars. The pyramids on the various planets that they had discovered were "gravity-concentrators", and they had been positioned on either side of the planet in the orbit of the asteroid belt to move it.
But then, says Halloway, "...something unexpected happened. Asteroidia finally fell apart under the terrific strain. Or rather, it exploded, becoming the pieces we know today as the Asteroids." (Eando Binder, The Puzzle of the Space Pyramids, pp. 198-200, Modern Library Editions, 1971).
Well, this was just too much coincidence, I thought, since I had argued a very similar scenario in my book The Cosmic War and a very similar conception of the Great Pyramid in my Giza Death Star Trilogy. So I decided to investigate the Binders and their book a little more, and that's when I discovered that it was a novelization of science fiction short stories from the late 1930's and early 1940's. One of the Binders, I was to learn, subsequently went to work for Marvel Comics.
Was this merely a coincidence? Well, it certainly could be such. But let's take the angle that it was not. If not, then where were they getting their information? As I point out in The Cosmic War, the idea that the asteroid belt is the remains of an exploded planet was actually a serious conception of early 19th century astronomy. They even had a name for the planet that exploded; they called it...Krypton. So, the idea that the asteroid belt was caused by an exploding planet was certainly out there.
But what is unusual is Binder's assertion - in the guise of science fiction - that there are (1) pyramidal structures on other celestial bodies in the solar system, and (2) that they represent a technology capable of manipulating gravity and exploding a planet.
Now, mind you, the first point is again being made long before space probes from Earth would find evidence - on Mars (coincidentally?) - of pyramidal structures, as anyone familiar with the work of Richard C. Hoagland, Dr. Mark Carlotto, or Errol Torun would know. Was this a "lucky guess" on Binder's part?
While my mind says yes, my intuition says no. And that brings us to the second point: that in Binder's novel these structures represent gravity manipulating machines: resonators and "gravity amplifiers" or capacitors. Where might such an idea have come from in the 1930s and 1940s? Well, there can be only one place, and that is from the same texts and interpretations of those texts that I produce in The Cosmic War.
The bottom line is: we are left with the disturbing possibility that, as long ago as the late 1930's and 1940's, someone had done their homework, and had come to the conclusion that ancient texts were talking about a technology, a technology of the manipulation of the very fabric of space-time, and that pyramids were that technology. And we are left with the disturbing possibility that they began to "leak" these insights in the form of science fiction.
One is left to wonder just who made this information available to the Binders, or if in fact they themselves did their own research and published it in the guise of fiction. Either way one slices it, we are left with the puzzle of The Puzzle of the Space Pyramids.