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.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Hemmy on December 13, 2011 at 8:15 am

    There’s a new CYDONIa book coming. It even has a trailer film. Watch it from its official website:

  2. Justina on February 19, 2011 at 8:11 am

    well, look at the video it shows the evidence that the snow distortion signal
    is added on. REASON? Also in that film, a classic example, over Brazil
    at night, on the Andes mountains side, a huge round thing comes out
    from UNDER the clouds, it is not a lens flare (nothing to flare on account
    of in that direction anyway) but you can see it is paler under clouds
    then clearer above them.

    It is the size of a small city, and goes right through a thunderstorm,
    as did another UFO. The modern ones aren’t phased by lightning.

    In the days BEFORE snow was added, the UFO shootout was caught
    on tape by a shuttle crew. THAT’s what’s being hidden, either ET or
    other embarassing presence that means no one, incl. us, has effective
    control of the skies or nearby space, and/or black operations.

  3. ILJA on February 19, 2011 at 7:51 am

    And one more supposition: if to take the hypothesis of NASA’s tampering with the actual images, then why in 1976 those of Mars anomalies by Viking were made to be available publicly instead of being erased or closed for our eyes in that days? I can’t understand what is a philosophy of such actions by NASA?

  4. ILJA on February 19, 2011 at 5:34 am

    But what is the point of those actions to falsify the shots? Could be everything just simplier and appearing of absence of any kind of conspiracy from NASA? Maybe there is just what WE want that FACE to look like face and there’s the effect of human’s subconsiousness to see some kind of order where haos is?

  5. Justina on February 19, 2011 at 3:04 am
    at this site, you will find analysis of NASA live feed and
    evidence of added snow to reduce visibility in night
    feeds, in case something odd happens, so it won’t be
    noticed. And something huge coming out of the clouds
    over Brazil, that they forgot to snow. Also, a recording
    of statements between American and Russian ground
    controls that specifies that there is a 20 second delay
    on so-called live feeds.

    So obviously, there is deception going on. If here, there
    why not also regarding Mars?

  6. Justina on February 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    i don’t know what Dr. Farrell thinks, but I am already acquainted
    with efforts to make the Face look irrelevant or natural.
    the problem with these, is that (a) some destructive action
    taken would of course mess it up and (b) now that NASA
    knows it has something to deny, it would take appropriate
    photo altering actions.

    As it is, they have already been caught out on faking the color
    of the sky, the colors on the lander, that are to ensure accurate
    translation of the colors of the rest, look wrong, when the sky
    is red, and not BLUE.

    Rayleigh scattering rule demands that any sky with any degree
    of atmosphere, will be blue or bluish, and the kind of minimal
    atmosphere NASA claims Mars has, would not allow much
    color red or blue, and would not support those dust storms
    of the kind of thickness.

    NEITHER WOULD IT ALLOW the cloud formations, which
    NASA admits are water clouds not dry ice clouds, that are
    repeatedly shown there. They WILL NOT FORM at such
    air pressure.

  7. ILJA on February 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

    And one more link which appears to be a disclaimer of the artificial activity seen on earlier footage:

    Would be glad to know your opinion.

  8. ILJA on February 18, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Please, Dr Farell, could you comment oh the link I posted below about Cydonia area. It tries to show that “Face” is npt actually the face but natural rock structure as it supposedly comes from newer NASA images

  9. Gary Hunter on February 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    We (the U.S.) reputedly have had recon satellites capable of reading license plates from orbit for years. Why weren’t sattelites with comparable optical resolution used for Mars reconnaissance much sooner? Nearly a rhetorical question.

  10. Tarzan on February 4, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I was wondering if perhaps you are familiar with Joseph P. Skipper’s site
    Also, the equally mind-blowing
    by Norm Bryden
    These two sites have have really expanded my notion to question reality at every turn. There are soo many other obvious structures than the famous face.
    My questions to you are :Why were these masses of anomalous images no. 1, ever released by NASA (I don’t think the anomalies were just over looked) and No.2: why does absolutely no one of any “main stream credibilty” ever comment on these officially NASA images?
    Thanks for some great books–enjoyed BABYLON BANKSTERS quite a bit!

    • Joseph P. Farrell on February 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

      No I am nt familiar with it but thanks for sharing

  11. marcos anthony toledo on February 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    I was reading on my google home page Discovery News that a review of the 1976 Viking Landers data showed that signs of life had been found on Mars at that time but at the time scientist refuse to believe the data from the probes. Thou at that time Robert Jastrow on the Barry Farber show said he believed they had found they had I heard the show whide I was living in New York City at that time. With the speculations about the moons of Jupiter and Saturn what new surpises await in the Solar System as well as the 1200 potencal new exoplanets found by Kepler recently.

  12. marcos anthony toledo on February 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I was reading on computer Discovery News that some researcher had gone back to the Viking Lander 1976 records and discovered that the probes had indeed found evidence of life on Mars at that time but it was not believed by the scientist at the time. But Robert Jastrow on the Barry Faber show that I was listening to at that time when I lived in New York City said they had. So even then there were scientist who believed there was life on Mars. And now they are spectulating about life on three of the larger moons of Jupiter and also on two of Saturn moons as well. What new discoveries await us in the solar system and the 1200 potensal exoplanets found by the Kepler telescope.

  13. Mel Hatfield on February 2, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    • Justina on February 3, 2011 at 5:46 am

      wow, that;’s great, thanks for posting that link!
      By the way, I recall some puffy looking stuff in
      some photo probably somewhere on this page,
      I kinda wonder if maybe some “formations”
      are huge colonies of fungi or something?

  14. chris stibrany on February 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I had posted :
    I have that Mars Mystery book too. Thanks to finishing your Cosmic War, and our talks about celestial radio waves I was flipping through it. It looks good even if it is a bit old. But whats 10 years? 🙂

  15. chris stibrany on February 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    apparently i dont get moderated if i use my full name. interesting.

  16. chris on February 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I have that Mars Mystery book too. Thanks to finishing your Cosmic War, and our talks about celestial radio waves I was flipping through it. It looks good even if it is a bit old. But whats 10 years? 🙂

  17. Jay Trout on February 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations. And these 3 are affordable, unlike Cydonia The Secret Chronicles of Mars, by David Flynn, which you cited in one of your books. At this point, a used copy is $100, way out of my price range, though I’d love to read it.
    Is it worth $100?

  18. Justina on February 2, 2011 at 6:29 am

    I wonder if some future civilization is going to find that disk, and
    think that they are the names of people who colonized Mars
    there, and died or something.

    • Bill on February 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

      Now that’s a thought!!

  19. Bill on February 2, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Hey Joseph, good morning! I don’t have Dr. Carlotto’s latest book yet, so I’ll have to place an order, but I do have the others. I’m so drawn to Mars in the sense that the red planet is, albeit a frozen wasteland, is far from a rather “moon-like” dead world still maintained by the mainstream within the scientific community; I found Graham Hancock’s book an excellent follow-on to his classic “Fingerprints of the Gods.” The more I read your works, the more I’m convinced of your weapons hypothesis to account for “the murdered planet,” as it continues to make complete sense! My full name, incidentally, is on the martian surface (a CD, along with thousands of other names, placed some years ago aboard either Spirit or Opportunity), so, I’ll never be able to go there, but I can say my full name is on Mars! I’d just love to be able to enter those frozen cities to see what’s there; perhaps my two year old daughter might some day be able to do just that!

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