This week I acquired three books on the Mars-Cydonia anomalies, an older but nonetheless still important work by Graham Hancock called The Mars Mystery and a newer release (2008) by Dr. Mark Carlotto, The Cydonia Controvery, and Dr. John Brandenburg's Life and Death on Mars: the New Mars Synthesis.
These books are valuable additions to anyone's library who wants the history of the early stages of research and investigation of the Mars anomalies, for in both Dr. Carolotto's and Dr. Brandenburg's case, both men were involved with Richard C. Hoagland in the very earliest days of the Mars Project and that research, along with other noteworthies, the anthropologist Randolfo Pozos (The Face on Mars: Evidence for a Lost Civilization?) and the physicist Lambert Dolphin.
Dr. Brandenburg delves into the mystery of the cultural associations of Mars, and Carolotto surveys his own involvement in the research that suggests the Cydonia region is the creation of a lost civilization, and explores at length the NASA "life experiments" performed on Mars, taking issue with the standard explanations.
But what most intrigues me about these books - besides filling in some important holes inthe historyof the investigations - is Hancock's consistent characterization of Mars as "a murdered planet." For Hancock, of course, this is the result of a natural catastrophe, a "killer asteroid." But this raises the whole question - as I outline in The Cosmic War - of where asteroids come from to begin with.
In the final analysis, however, it matters little whether my model of an actual war, or the catastrophists' model of natural catastrophe, is correct, in so far as the implications argued in these books are concerned, for if there was such a civilization on Mars - and the evidence suggests that there was - then it ill behooves us not to pay more attention to the Red Planet in our space missions planning. If we don't go there and find out what is - or is not - there, then rest assured, someone else eventually will.