(Sean’s Notes: Although there was no table of contents in
the original, I have added one here and included headings for important
THE AUTHOR .................................................................................................. 2
PUBLISHER'S NOTE .................................................................................................... 3
The White Sands Incident .................................................................................. 4
Basic laws ............................................................................................................................................................. 10
Transparent door ........................................................................................................................................... 14
Nuclear Submarine ......................................................................................................................................... 17
Matter and energy .......................................................................................................................................... 18
Roller Coaster ................................................................................................................................................... 20
Diagram Of Ship .................................................................................................................................................. 24
Magnetic Field Propulsion .......................................................................................................................... 25
Atlantis and Mu ............................................................................................................................................... 27
POSTSCRIPT .................................................................................................................. 28
To Men of Earth ....................................................................................................... 28
FOREWORD .................................................................................................................... 29
INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................. 32
ALAN'S MESSAGE ........................................................................................................ 33
No Landing on the White House
Lawn ................................................................................................. 36
Three Branches of Science .......................................................................................................................... 37
Incorrect Translation of Bible .............................................................................................................. 42
POSTSCRIPT .................................................................................................................. 44
UNDERSTANDING ........................................................................................................ 44
The White Sands Incident
By DANIEL W. FRY
In loving gratitude to Alan
and all our other
who came to help us
in our time of need.
DANIEL W. FRY was born in Verdon, Minnesota (a small
steamboat landing on the Mississippi River, in the northern part of Aitken County).
The date of his birth was July 19, 1908.
He was left an orphan at the age of nine, and from that
time until he reached the age of seventeen, he was reared under the
guardianship of his maternal grandmother, with whom he came to California in
There was little to distinguish his childhood and early
youth from that of any other normal American boy except, perhaps, that his
craving for knowledge (especially scientific knowledge) was out of all
proportion to the natural curiosity of the young boy.
His parents had left practically no estate and at the age
of eighteen, he found himself entirely dependent upon his own resources. He
completed his high school training and attempted to go on to college, but
because of the great depression which was then causing a desperate competition
for all types of employment, he found it impossible to support himself while
attending school. Realizing that he might never have the opportunity of
matriculation at a recognized seat of learning, he thereupon instituted a night
school class of one in the textbook and reference section of the Pasadena
Public Library. Here he spent most of his evenings for several years, studying
the same subjects which he would have been taking if he had been able to attend
a college or university.
He became especially interested in the chemistry and use
of explosives, with the result that he became an explosives technician and
blaster. He followed this trade until it eventually led him into the field of
He was married in Pasadena in 1934, and has had a happy
and peaceful domestic life, marred only by the necessity of frequent moving
which was required in the pursuit of his profession. They have three children,
one son and two daughters.
Mr. Fry has been employed for the past five tears by Aerojet
General Corporation, the world's largest developers and manufacturers of rocket
During the years of 1940 and 1950, Mr. Fry spent most of
his time at the White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico, where he was engaged
in setting up instrumentation for the testing of a series of very large motors.
At a time when people everywhere are becoming conscious of
the existence of other people from other worlds and when men of earth are about
to realize their age-old dream of interplanetary travel, it is most timely to
learn from a competent observer just what it takes to understand the meaning
and purpose of the persistent visits to our atmosphere of Flying Saucers and
It takes considerable courage and determination to relate
an incident which may seem incredible to the average person who has no
corresponding experience with which to compare it, especially if one's
reputation, position and livelihood are at stake.
The White Sands Incident would perhaps never have become
publicly known had not Daniel W. Fry realized the vital need of the world for
just the kind of information the extra-terrestrial people had given him.
Yielding to the urgency of the situation he has at last (after four years of
silence) revealed his astounding experience which includes a ride in a
remote-controlled space ship from White Sands to New York and return in
approximately 30 minutes, which represents a speed of some 8000 miles an hour.
Were it not for the fact that Mr. Fry is a highly trained
technician and rocket expert fully conversant with all the scientific import
and value of his unusual experience, one might wonder if he had correctly
observed or interpreted all the facts. It is extremely fortunate that there can
be no question of Mr. Fry's competence to accurately observe and evaluate
facts. His daily occupation requires this faculty in the highest degree.
While Mr. Fry is a self-made man what he lacks in academic
education is amply compensated for by his innate fitness for scientific and
technological study and research. It is to this younger generation of
technicians, engineers and physicists that civilization must look for its
future advancement, for they are less hampered by the stereotyped and out-moded
concepts of a bye-gone day. Many of them are self-made and hence are more
resourceful and pliant in the face of the new and unknown which is now fast
becoming the domain modern physics which is in the process of embracing
parapsychology and metaphysics, as the investigation of matter inevitably leads
into the realm of the imponderables.
The vital significance of the message contained in the
White Sands Incident is not so much in the scientific information revealed as
in the way it points up the tragic situation of the nations of the world of
today, standing at a crossroads, on the brink of
disaster, where understanding of the danger and the way of
solution might well save civilization from impending destruction. The
extra-terrestrial people have made the way plain if humanity will accept it.
In presenting to the world the knowledge and wisdom
revealed with such clarity and simplicity by the extra-terrestrial people Mr.
Fry has performed a signal service to humanity which may well be the beginning
of a trend toward the re-evaluation and re-orientation of our efforts. With a
corresponding spiritual progress going hand in hand with the greater
development of our resources and a better understanding among nations we may
yet eliminate the causes of conflict and thus prepare for the dawn of the New
White Sands Proving Grounds, July 4, 1950.
Tonight I joined the ranks of the F. S. B. (Flying Saucer
Believers). Not only have I seen one, I have touched it, entered it, and ridden
in it. Also, if I can still trust my senses, I have communicated at some length
with the operators.
Now that it has gone, and I am back in my quarters, it
seems more and more incredible that it could really have happened. With all the
scientific brain and talent that is available at White Sands Proving Grounds,
why should I, a simple technician, be chosen, either by chance or design, to be
the first human of the present day earth, to ride in a true space vehicle? The
improbability of the event is so great that I have almost begun to doubt my own
sanity. Naturally, if I were to attempt to convince anyone else that I rode in
a "saucer" tonight, I would soon find myself occupying a nicely
padded cell in the nearest Booby Hatch. Still this is the greatest event in my
life, and I can't keep it entirely to myself, so I am writing this down exactly
as it happened while it is still sharp and clear in my memory.
This being the Fourth of July, I had intended to go into Las
Cruces to see the fireworks display and perhaps do a little celebrating on my
own. Owing to a bit of misinformation on bus schedules, I missed the last bus
into town and found myself stranded in an almost deserted army camp with
nothing whatever to do except sit in my room and read (a textbook on heat
transfer, by Cork).
At about seven thirty in the evening, the blower on the
air conditioning system quit operating, as it does every few days, and always
when the weather is especially hot.
By eight-thirty it was unbearably hot and stuffy in my
room, and I decided to take a walk in the hope that it would be cooler outside.
I started down the back road which goes by the static test stand near the base
of the Organ Mountains and ends up in El Paso, some sixty miles to the south.
Before reaching the test stand area, however, I turned off to the right on a
small dirt road which goes past the rifle range and on into the flats at the
base of the Organ Mountains.
I had gone about half a mile past the rifle range on this
road when I first saw it. The sun had been down for some time, and there was
practically no daylight left, but the sky was bright with stars, and the moon,
though not yet above the horizon, was
producing considerable diffused light in the sky. As I
looked up at a group of especially bright stars hanging just over the peaks of
the mountains, one of the stars suddenly went out. This, of course, immediately
riveted my attention on that spot, for stars don't .just go out, (not in a
cloudless sky anyway). At first I thought that a passing plane had cut off the
light, but even with the thought, I knew it couldn't be that, for a moving
plane would require less than a second to pass a given spot, and the star
starred out. Also, in the silence of the desert area around the proving grounds
at night, a plane could be heard much farther than it could be seen, and there
was no sound at all. No weather balloons were sent up at night, and a weather
balloon would be rising quite rapidly: therefore it would only eclipse a star
for a few seconds. Then another star just to the right went out, and a few
seconds later two more just below. By this time a strong prickling sensation
was traveling up my spine. Whatever it was that was cutting off the light of
the stars. was increasing rapidly in apparent size and since the bearing remained
constant, it could only mean that it was coming directly toward me.
Then finally I saw it and at the same time realized why I
had not been able to see it sooner. It's color appeared to be so neatly that of
the night sky that even when it was quite close it was difficult to see
anything but the outline. It was still coming toward me,
and I felt a strong inclination to run, but long experience in blasting and
rocket work had taught me that it is foolish to run from an approaching missile
until you are sure of it s trajectory; since you are just as likely to run into
it, as away from it. Also, you have no chance to judge it s trajectory while
you are running.
The object was now very close, and I could see. that it
was an ovate spheroid about thirty feet in diameter at the equator or largest
part. It was now traveling at not more than fifteen or twenty miles per hour
and seemed to be decelerating at a rate that would bring it to zero velocity by
the time it reached the ground. I could also see that unless it changed course,
it would miss me by at least fifty feet. Somewhat reassured by its slowness of
motion, I remained where I was and watched it glide in as lightly as a bit of
thistle down floating in the breeze and settle to the ground about seventy feet
away without the slightest bump or jar. Except for the crackling of brush
beneath it, it hadn't made a sound. For perhaps twenty or thirty seconds I
stood staring at it like a child at his first circus performance.
I have been working for some years in the field of rocket
and other missile development, and through my work and connections at White
Sands, I had thought that I was fairly well acquainted with most
of the developments in the aircraft field. But here was a
craft so far advanced over anything I had ever heard of, that I felt like the
backwoods farmer who, on first seeing a giraffe, said, "Well I see it, but
I don't believe it." My first conscious thought was, "if the Russians
have ships like this, God help America!" But with the thought came the
realization that this could not be a craft from Russia, or anywhere else on
earth for that matter; for whoever had built this craft had solved a lot of
problems of which our best physicists are only beginning to dream.
The ship's operation was silent. There had been no thrumming
of propellers, no flash and roar of incandescent gases being hurled from
nozzles to produce thrust. The ship had simply coasted quietly in from the
"great blue yonder" and settled gently to earth. Perhaps that was the
answer. The craft had been coming down since I first saw it. Perhaps it was
just gliding in; but before landing it had slowed down to only a few miles per
hour and had shown no evidence of falling. Only a helicopter or a "lighter
than air craft" could do this, but there were no propeller blades whatever
on this vehicle, and the fact that the brush was crushed flat under it when it
settled to the ground proved conclusively that this was no "lighter than
air" craft. Whatever this vehicle was and whatever else it could do, it
certainly play "hob" with Sir Isaac Newton's
best known law.
Suddenly I realized that while all this had been going
through my mind, I had been unconsciously approaching the ship. I am not and
have never been a hero. Every instinct and bit of reason I had shouted that I
should be putting as much distance as possible between myself and this unknown,
and therefore unpredictable, device. Unfortunately, I have always been cursed
with an overactive curiosity, and when the object of that curiosity is of a
scientific nature, especially an important advance in science, the curiosity
becomes a mania which sweeps all reason before it.
I approached within a few feet of the craft and then began
slowly circling about it. It was as it had appeared from the air, a spheroid,
considerably flattened at the top and bottom so that the vertical dimension was
about sixteen feet. while the horizontal diameter was about thirty feet at the
widest point, which was about seven feet above the ground. Its curvature was
such that if viewed from below, at an angle of less than 45 degrees from the
vertical, it might appear to be saucer-shaped, although it was shaped more like
a soup bowl inverted over a sauce dish. The dark blue color which it appeared
to have when I had first seen it in the air, was gone now. It was just a polished
metal surface, silver
color, with what seemed to be a very slight violet
iridescence. I walked completely around the craft without seeing any sign of
opening or seams. "If there is anyone inside," I thought, "they
must get in through the top or bottom."
I paused then, to take stock of the situation. What should
I do next? Should I return to the base and report the advent of the craft?
This, at first, seemed the logical thing to do, but then another thought
intervened. It would take at least three quarters of an hour for me to get back
to the base, find someone in authority, and return with other observers. What
if the craft tool: off in the meantime? There would be nothing but a crumpled
patch of brush to substantiate my story. Who would believe me? If any one did
believe, who would dare to admit it? I had read enough of the ridicule heaped
upon those who had been incautious enough to admit having seen some unexplained
objects flying in the air. How much worse would be the lot of one who claimed
to have seen one land and to have been close enough to touch it, yet had no
proof except a flattened patch of brush! This thought reminded me that;
although I had been close enough to touch the craft for several minutes, I had
not, as yet, actually done so. Perhaps I could learn something about the
material of which it was made by the feel. At any rate I could tell the
temperature. I stepped forward and gingerly
placed a finger tip to the polished metal. It was only a
few degrees above the air temperature, and it was incredibly smooth. It is
difficult to describe the degree of smoothness. If you were to run your finger
over a large pearl which had been covered with a thin soap film you might
receive a sensation somewhat similar to that which I felt when I touched the
metal. I stroked the metal with the palm. of my hand and felt a slight but
definite tingling in my finger tips and the heel of my palm.
Then a crisp voice came out of the air at my side,
"Better not touch the hull, pal, it's still hot!"
I had not realized how much tension I was under until the
voice suddenly shattered the silence. I leaped backwards several feet, catching
my heel in a low bush and sprawling at full length in the sand. I heard
something that sounded like a low chuckle and then the voice came again in a
somewhat friendlier tone, "Take it easy, pal, you're among friends."
The humiliation of my ungraceful posture, combined with
the mild tone of the voice and its familiar phrases, served to sweep away all
the fear which I had felt and replaced it with a mild irritation. I arose
brushing off my clothes and tugging at a sand burr which had found a home in my
"You could have turned the volume down," I
grumbled. "You didn't have to blast out at me like that. You scared me out
of a week's growth."
"Blast out?" the voice hesitated. "Oh yes,
you mean the amplitude of the warning was too great. Sorry, buddy, but you were
about to kill yourself and there wasn't time to diddle with controls."
"You mean that the hull is highly radioactive?"
I asked. "If so, I am still much too close."
"It isn't radioactive," was the reply. "I
used the term `hot' because it was the best I could think of in your language
to explain the condition. The hull has a field about it which repels all other
matter. The field is very powerful at molecular distances but diminishes by the
seventh power of the distance so that the force becomes negligible a few
microns away from the hull. Perhaps you noticed that the surface seemed very
smooth and slippery. That is because your flesh did not actually touch the
metal but was held a short distance from the surface by the repulsion of the
field. We use the field to protect the hull from being scratched or damaged in
landing. It also lowers air friction tremendously when it is necessary to
travel at high speed through an atmosphere."
"But how would this kill me?" I asked. "I
did touch the hull and felt only a slight tingle in my hand and what did you mean,
by that crack about my language? If you aren't a Yank, I never heard
"As to your first question," the voice replied
imperturbably, "it wouldn't have killed you at once.
In fact, it might have taken several months, but it would
have been just as certain as if it had been instantaneous. The best way that I
can explain it to you is to say that exposure of the human skin to the force
field causes the skin to produce what you call `antibodies' in the blood
stream. For some reason which we don't yet fully understand, these antibodies
are absorbed by the liver, whose function they attack causing the liver to
become greatly enlarged and congested. In cases where the skin is exposed to
the field for a minute or more death is practically certain. In your case, I
don't think you have been exposed long enough to be in any great danger;
although you will undoubtedly feel some effects sooner or later, provided, of
course, that your biological functions are identical with ours and we have
every reason to believe that they are.
"As to your second question, I am not, as you call
it, a `Yank'; although my present assignment requires me to become one. The
fact that you believed me to be one of your countrymen, is a testimonial to the
success of the effort I have expended during the last two of your years to
learn and practice the use of your language and idiom. As a matter of fact, I
have never yet set foot upon your planet. It will require at least four more of
your years for me to become adapted to your atmosphere and gravity and to
become immunized to your biotics."
I stood silently for what seemed a long time but was
probably only a few seconds, attempting to digest the full meaning and
implication of this speech. At last I said slowly, "If I had not with my
own eyes, seen this craft come in and land, I would have said that you were
some nut who had been reading too many `science fiction' stories. As it is, I
am prepared to admit the possibility of almost anything. Besides, since my
being here and seeing you land was entirely accidental, it is obvious that my
belief or disbelief could not be of the slightest importance to you."
"On the contrary," replied the voice. "It
is important to us that you be given every opportunity to acquaint yourself
with the facts and to form your own opinion accordingly. One of the principal
purposes of this expedition is to determine the basic adaptability of the earth
race, particularly the degree of their ability to adapt their minds quickly and
calmly to conceptions which are completely foreign to their customary modes of
thought. Previous expeditions by our ancestors met with almost total failure in
this respect. This time there is hope that we may be able to find minds
sufficiently receptive so that we may be of some assistance in the progress of
your race. In your case, at least up to the present moment. your conduct has
surpassed our best expectations."
"I can see," I said, "that your race, what
ever it is, and ours has at least one thing in common; that sarcasm is the
principal form of humor. However, you can't annoy me that way. I've been kidded
"I realize that everything I have done since you
first came into sight, has been wrong. In the first place, if I had any sense,
I would have gotten out of here fast when I first saw you coming, instead of
waiting, perhaps to be crushed under the ship. When you landed, instead of
leaving, or at least remaining at a comparatively safe distance, I had to come
snooping around your craft. Then, when your warning voice came through your
speaker-or whatever it is-instead of accepting the warning calmly and quickly,
I jumped like a scared rabbit and landed in the sand in about as undignified a
position as it is possible to imagine. Last, but not least, you apparently
suppose that I believe the statements which you have made. As I said before. I
am prepared to consider the possibility that they are true. I am also prepared
to consider the possibility that they are a lot of `hooey.' "
"Precisely," replied the voice. "Let me
explain my position. No sarcasm was intended. I meant exactly what I said. In
the first place you said that curiosity impelled you to investigate the craft,
subjecting yourself to unknown hazards rather than to
seek safety in flight. This typifies the struggle between
the desire for knowledge and the desire for the safety of the status quo. I
believe that there is an old saying among your people that self-preservation is
the first law of nature. It is encouraging to note that the desire for
knowledge can occasionally overcome the animal instinct. When I called a
warning to you, your reaction was not one of fear as you seem to think. A
reaction of pure fear would have frozen you into immobility at least for a
moment. Instead, you acted instantly and in the proper manner. The fact that
you stumbled merely indicates that your concentration on the details of the
ship was so great that you failed to maintain a clear avenue of retreat.
"As for believing what I say, merely because I say
it, that is the last thing which we desire. What we need are minds sufficiently
open to receive evidence (even though that evidence be contrary to all
preconceived opinion) and minds sufficiently agile to assimilate that evidence
and arrive at logical conclusions. The fact that in spite of being in
circumstances completely unique in your experience, you are listening calmly to
my voice and making logical replies, is the best evidence that your mind is of
the type we hoped to find."
"Thanks for the compliments," I said. "I
wish I could believe that I deserved them, but your statement
implied that you propose to use me in sore project which
involves the scientific advancement of the people of earth. Why pick me? Just
because by the merest accident I happened to be here when you landed. I could
easily put you in touch with any one of dozens of men right here at the base, who
are far more advanced than I in science."
"When you say that you happen to be here by the
merest accident, you greatly underestimate us," was the reply. "The
brains of many earth men transmit readily, but you are one of the very few
whose brain also receives well. If you inquire when you return to your
quarters, you will discover that the air conditioning system did not break down
tonight although it has frequently done so in the past. But to get back to the
subject of discussion, we have investigated the minds of many of your top
scientists. In every case we found that their minds had hardened into the mould
of their present conceptions. They have advanced too far. Consequently they
would have too far to retreat. I can make my meaning plainer by an analogy. A
man seeking scientific knowledge is like an ant climbing a tree. He knows when
he is moving upward, but his vision is too short to encompass the entire trunk.
The result is that he is likely to get out on a lower limb without realizing
that he has left the main trunk. All goes well for a time. He can still climb
upward and even pluck
a few of the fruits of his progress, but soon he begins to
become confused as the solid branch suddenly begins to break up into myriads of
twigs and leaves all pointing in different directions. So the seeker of
knowledge finds that the great `Basic Laws' which have always been so
unshakeable, now begin to divide and to point in opposite directions. The
scientist comes to the conclusion that he is nearing the limit of the knowledge
which can be conceived by the mind and that all physical laws ultimately become
purely statistical. When he has reached this point he can make further progress
only by following a line of abstract mathematical reasoning. This is like
traveling on a train in one of your subways. You will probably eventually
arrive at your destination, but since you cannot see where you are going along
the way, you have no way of being sure that there was not a much shorter and
easier way to get to the same place. Your science is now in this position. For
example, your scientist is now obliged to state that the electron is at the
same time both a particle and a wave motion. They attempt to rationalize this
by saying that the electron is a particle in a wave of probability. This is a
condition which cannot be visualized by the mind and the only means of progress
are through the subways of abstract mathematics.
"The fundamental truths are always simple and
understandable when viewed from the proper perspective.
So the branch becomes simple and understandable as a
`branch' when viewed from above on the main trunk. In short, what your science
must do if it is to continue to progress, is to go back down the limb on which
you are trapped to the point where it joins the main trunk and then start up
again This we can and will help your people to do, but only if they wish it and
are able to follow the path which we will point out. This, however, is for the
future. Before we can be of any assistance to the people of earth, two things
must be accomplished. First: Our bodies must become biologically adapted to
your environment, so that when we come among you we will be identical with your
people. This as I said before will require at least four more years. The second
condition is more difficult. The political tensions which now exist between
your nations must be eased. If either of the two dominant nations of earth were
to achieve conclusive scientific superiority over the other, under present
conditions, a war of extermination would be certain to follow. We are not here
to assist any nation in making war but to stimulate a degree of progress which
will eliminate the reasons for wars on Earth, even as we, some thousands of
years ago eliminated the reasons for conflict among our own people. But I see
you are becoming weary of standing out there in the sand and listening to these
dissertations on science and sociology.
"Which reminds me of my duties as a host. Would you
like to enter the ship and perhaps make a short flight? It is only a cargo
carrier with remote control, but it does have a small passenger compartment
with several seats which are plain but quite comfortable."
"I would be very glad to be allowed to see the inside
of the ship," I replied. "And would give anything to be allowed to
ride in it, but how can I get in? I have been completely around the ship and
saw no sign of any opening. Also you said you are not yet accustomed to our
atmosphere. If I come in I will have to bring my atmosphere with me. How will
that affect you?"
"As I said before," replied the voice, "the
craft is a remote controlled cargo carrier. I am not in this craft. I am in the
central, or what you would call the `mother ship,' which is at present some
nine hundred miles above the surface of your planet. This cargo craft is being
used to bring us samples of your atmosphere so that we can accustom ourselves
to it. The cargo hold is evacuated so that when I open the intake port, the
hold becomes filled with atmosphere at whatever temperature and pressure exists
there. Also any bacteria which are in the air are brought along for study and
for the production of antitoxins. The intake port is on the top of the craft. I
will open it now."
I heard a sound which was partly a hiss and partly a
murmur which came from the top of the ship. It lasted for about fifteen
seconds. I was surprised at the small volume of the sound. Any port large
enough to have filled a ship that size with air in fifteen seconds should have
produced quite a roar. Then I realized that the hull was almost, if not
entirely, sound-proof and since most of the sound of the entering air would
have been produced inside the hull, very little would be audible outside.
Then I heard a single click come from the surface of the
ship, a small but sharp click such as might have come from the operation of a
single arm relay or a small solenoid, and a portion of the hull just to my
left, moved back upon itself for a distance of several inches and then moved
sideways, disappearing into the wall of the hull, leaving an oval shaped
opening about five feet in height and three feet wide. I moved over to the port
or hatch, whichever it might be called, and ducking my head slightly, advanced
into the opening. Because of the curvature of the hull of course, my head was
inside the craft while my feet were still on the ground.
The compartment into which I was looking occupied only a
small portion of the ship's volume. It was a room about nine feet deep and
seven feet wide, with the floor about sixteen inches above the ground and the
ceiling slightly over six feet above
the floor. The walls were slightly curved and the
intersections of the walls were beveled so that there were no sharp angles or
corners. Of course, the wall nearest me, through which the opening led, was the
hull itself and had the same curvature inside and out. This wall was about four
inches thick and it was into this wall that the door or hatch had been drawn.
The room contained four seats which looked much like our modern `body contour
chairs' except that they were somewhat smaller than the ones to which we are
accustomed. The seats were facing the opening in which I was standing and were
arranged in two rows of two each in the center of the room, leaving an aisle
between the seats and either wall.
In the center of the rear wall, where it joined the
ceiling, there was a box or cabinet with a tube and lens which resembled a
small moving picture projector, except that there were no visible film spools
or any other moving parts. Light was coming from this lens. It was not a beam
of light such as would come from a moving picture projector but a diffused glow
which, while it did not seem especially bright still furnished enough light for
The seats and the light seemed to be the only furnishings
in the otherwise bare metal room. "Not a very inviting cabin," I
thought, "looks more like a cell."
"As I said before; it's plain, but you'll find the seat
comfortable," said the voice. "Step in and take a seat if you wish to
ride. We don't have too much time."
Almost automatically I stepped up on to the floor of the
cabin and started for one of the seats. Before I reached it, I heard a click as
the door began to slide out of its recess in the wall behind me. Instinctively,
I half turned as though to leap out to the comparative safety of the open
desert behind me, but the door was already closed. If this was a trap, I was in
it now and there was no use struggling against the inevitable.
"Where would you like to go?" came the voice
again, and this time it did not seem to be coming from beside me but rather
from inside me, as though I were hearing words which I myself were speaking.
"I don't know how far you can take me in the time you
have," I replied. "And since this compartment has no windows, it
won't matter which way we go, as I won't be able to see anything."
"You will be able to see," was the reply. "At
least as much as you could see from any vehicle in the air at night. If you
would like a suggestion we can take you to New York City and return you here in
about thirty minutes. The light pattern of New York City at night from about
twenty miles up has always been
to us one of the most impressive sights to be seen on your
"To New York-and back-in thirty minutes!" I
said. "That's eight thousand miles per hour! How can you produce energies
of that order on a craft like this, and how can I stand the acceleration? You
don't even have seat belts on these seats!"
"You won't feel any ill effects from the
acceleration," was the reply. "In fact, you won't feel the
acceleration at all. Just take a seat, and I will start the craft. I will
explain some of the things which puzzle you, during the ride."
I sat down in the left front seat which was the one
nearest the door and found that it was indeed very comfortable. The material of
which it was made felt like foam rubber with a vinylite covering. However,
there were no seams or joints such as an outer covering would require, so the
material, whatever it was, probably had been moulded into its frame in a single
Then the voice broke into my thoughts again. "I will
now turn off the compartment light and turn on the viewing beam."
For a moment the room became utterly dark. Then the
projector again became active. This time it was not a diffused glow, but a
beam-just as in a movie or slide projector. The beam, or that part of
it which was visible at all, was a deep violet, at the
very top of the visible spectrum, The beam spread over the door, through which
I had come, and the door disappeared. It did not slide back into the wall as it
had before. It simply ceased to exist, at least visually. It was as though I
were looking through the finest type of plate glass or Lucite window.
"There isn't time to give you a complete
understanding of all the things which you would like to know about this craft
and about us, but perhaps I can explain a few of the basic principles about
which you seem to be curious," the voice said---or rather my voice said---for
I was just beginning to realize that the words which I had been hearing were
not coming to my ears as sound waves at all but rather were originating
directly in my brain.
"The door, as you see, has become transparent. This
startles you, because you are accustomed to thinking of metals as being
completely opaque. However, ordinary glass is just as dense as many metals and
harder than most and yet transmits light quite readily. The beam of energy, which
is now acting on the metal of the door, is what you would call a frequency
multiplier. The beam penetrates the metal and acts upon any light that reaches
it in such a way that the frequency of the light is multiplied to that of the
range between what you know as the "X-ray" and the "Cosmic
Ray" spectrums. At these
frequencies the waves pass through the metal quite
readily. Then, when these waves leave the metal on the inside of the door, they
again interact with the viewing beam, producing what you would call `beat'
frequencies which are identical with the original frequencies of the light, so
that while you are apparently seeing through the metal you are actually seeing
a reproduction. If you are ready I will now start the craft."
Instinctively, I braced myself in the seat and gripped the
sides with my hands. A moment later, the ground suddenly fell away from the
ship with incredible rapidity. I say that the ground `fell away' because I did
not feel the slightest sense of motion myself, and the ship was as steady as a
rock. In spite of the fact that we must have been accelerating at the rate of
at least ten g's, I could have sworn that we were standing still.
The lights of the army base at the Proving Grounds, which
had been hidden by a small hill, sprang into sight instantly and began drawing
together like a flock of baby chicks when called by the mother hen. A few
seconds later the lights of the town of Las Cruces came into view in the lower
left hand corner of the window, and I knew that we had risen at least a
thousand feet in those two or three seconds. The ship was rotating slightly to
my left as it rose, and I was also able to see the highway
from Las Cruces to El Paso, a very narrow but brilliant
ribbon illuminated by the headlights of the thousands of cars that were upon
it. The lights of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez were just a solid glow on the
horizon, but as we continued to rise, they seemed to draw nearer and to break
up into patches of varied brilliancy. I could see the patch which represented
the Presidio area, the hundreds of thousands of lights of Fort Bliss, and the
intensely bright spot which was downtown El Paso. I even imagined that I could
distinguish the thin dark line which was the Rio Grande separating El Paso from
its Mexican twin, Ciudad Juarez. A few more seconds and the ship had rotated
until the lights of these cities passed out of view on the right hand edge of
the viewing screen.
The viewing screen was now pointed southeast and had
stopped revolving. The surface of the earth now appeared to be glowing with a
slightly greenish phosphorescence. At the same time, the sky outside of the
ship had become much darker, and the stars seemed to have doubled in
"We must have entered the stratosphere," I
thought. "If so, we must have risen more than ten miles in what can't have
been more than fifteen or twenty seconds, yet I have not felt the slightest
sensation of acceleration."
"You are now about thirteen miles above the
surface," I heard the voice say. "And you are rising at approximately
one-half mile per second. We have brought you up rather slowly so that you
could have a better opportunity to view your local cities from the air. We will
take you up to thirty-five miles for the horizontal flight. At that level the residual
atmosphere is attenuated to a degree which offers no appreciable resistance to
the motion of the craft."
"By the way," I said. "What happened to the
moon? It was just coming up when I entered your ship, and it must be somewhere
in the sky, but everything looks so dark outside."
"It looks dark," was the reply, "simply
because there is not sufficient atmosphere at this level to diffuse the light.
You would not see any evidence of the moonlight unless it were shining directly
on the viewing screen. I have purposely kept the craft from rotating far enough
for this to happen, as the light is quite intense above the atmosphere, and it
would be difficult, if not impossible to see anything else while it was
visible. You are now high enough that I can begin to add a substantial
horizontal component to your vertical motion.
"Since there will be little of interest to see during
the next few minutes, I will take this time to explain a few of the things that
puzzle you. In the first place; you mentioned something about `seat belts' and
whether you could endure the acceleration. This is a
question which seems to have come up quite frequently in the minds of the men
of science of your planet.
"Whenever our vehicles have been observed by any of
your people, and when the velocities and accelerations of these craft are
described, disbelief is always apparent. We have heard some of your most
learned men make the statement that: `No human being or other higher form of
life, as we know it could survive acceleration of this order.' This has always
been a matter of disappointment to us in our evaluation of the intelligence of
the people of earth. It seems to us that even a moderately intelligent lay man
with the average knowledge which you people possess should be able to refute
this statement a once. The answer is, of course, simply that the force which
accelerates the vehicle, acts, not only upon every atom of the vehicle itself
but also acts equally upon every atom of mass which is within it, including the
pilot or passengers.
"In your airplane the situation is entirely
different. You have propellers or jets, which produce a thrust upon one part of
the ship. This local thrust accelerates the ship but not the pilot. The pilot
is accelerated only by thrust against those parts of his body which are in
contact with the seat. Because of the inertia of the remainder of the body,
is produced which causes the feeling of acceleration, or
in extreme cases, blackout or actual crushing of the body. Our only limit of
acceleration is the limit of available force."
"But in this case," I thought, "why am I
not floating around in the air as things are supposed to do within a missile
which is in free fall?”
"The answer to this also should be fairly
obvious," was the reply. "Before the ship was put into motion, you
were resting upon the seat, and there was a force of one gravity acting between
your body and the seat. Since the force which accelerates both the ship and
your body acts in exact proportion to the mass, and since the earth's gravity
continues to act upon both, the original force between your body and the seat
will remain constant, except that it will decrease as the force of gravity of
the planet decreases with distance.
"When traveling between planetary bodies, far from
any source of natural gravity, we find it necessary, for practical reasons, to
reproduce this force artificially. The gravity to which we are accustomed is
but little more than one-half of that which exists upon the earth. This is the
principal reason that it will take so much time for us to become ordinary
members of your race. If we were to land now upon the surface of your planet
and leave the protection of our ships, the high gravitational force would put
a severe strain upon our internal organs, which in a few
days would produce serious illness, and eventually death. This is not merely
calculation. We know it to be true because it has been tried several times in
the past. By remaining in our ships where we can control the force to which we
are subjected, and by increasing that force by small but regular increments, we
can build up the supporting tissues and strengthen our muscular systems until,
eventually, your gravity will become as natural to use as our own is now.
"When this time comes, it is our hope that you and a
few other members of your race, who have retained sufficiently open minds, will
be able to assist us in bridging the considerable gulf which exists between our
culture and yours. However, as I have said before, we will never attempt to
force either our knowledge or our culture upon you and will never come to your
people unless there is substantial evidence that they desire it.
"It is true that the purpose of this expedition is
not entirely philanthropic. There are some materials upon your planet which we
could use to the advantage of both our peoples, material which you have in
great abundance but which are rather scarce elsewhere in this solar system.
While we desire the use of these materials, our service to your people will not
be made contingent upon such use. Any knowledge or assistance which we can give
will be freely offered."
"Could you explain to me the principles of operation
of this craft?" I asked. "How do you produce the tremendous amounts
of energy necessary to accelerate a ship like this to such high velocities, and
how do you apply that energy without producing any outward evidence of its
"In order to do this" was the reply, "I
would have to give you an entirely new groundwork in Basic Physics. As I said
before, your science is attempting to make one lower limb take the place of the
entire tree of knowledge, with the result that your science has become greatly
overcomplicated. Then, when this science is applied to practical ends, the
resulting apparatus becomes prohibitively complex. For example: Certain
engineers and scientists of your country are now engaged in planning a
submarine to be driven by what you call atomic or nuclear energy. They plan to
do this by constructing a `pile' in which the lighter isotope of uranium
fissions producing heat energy and free neutrons which are absorbed by. the
heavier isotope of uranium converting it into the next heavier element in the transuranic
series which also, in turn, is fissionable. This method. while rather
complicated, is still the most potent source of energy differential which your
people have yet produced, but in order to convert this heat energy into
propulsion of the ship, they plan to circulate a working fluid through the
to absorb the heat; circulate the `working fluid' through
a heat exchanger to convert another fluid to vapor under pressure, pass the
vapor through a turbine to produce torque and, finally, use the turbine to
drive a generator to produce an electrical current. If they achieve an overall
efficiency of thirty per cent it will be a great feat of engineering.
"If they were capable of thinking in simpler terms,
they could, with the knowledge which they now possess, construct a simple
thermopile about the fission pile and convert the resulting temperature
gradient directly into electric energy with an efficiency of at least
ninety-four to ninety-eight per cent, with no moving parts, at a smaller cost,
and considerably less mass per unit of energy output. Compared with our
methods, even this system would seem wastefully complex.
"Your greatest need is to discover the utter
simplicity of the basic laws or facts of nature. Then you will easily be able
to produce effects which now seem to you to be impossible.
"When your engineers design a vehicle for
transportation of freight or passengers, they feel it necessary to provide a
means of producing an energy differential within the vehicle itself as a motive
power. Yet your ancestors, for thousands of years traveled to all parts of your
planet in ships which had no internal energy source but which were operated
entirely by the kinetic energy of the atmosphere. While
this was not always a reliable source, it was sufficiently successful that it
should have made your people realize that there are many types of energy
differential constantly available and it is only necessary to design a means
whereby the flow of energy can be made to produce the desired result.
"One of the principal obstacles to the rapid progress
of your science is that your scientists have not yet fully grasped the simple
unity of matter and energy. One of your greatest thinkers, a professor, Albert
Einstein, published, many years ago, the mathematical formula which described
quantitatively the equivalence of matter and energy. This formula, while
perfectly correct mathematically, leads to the incorrect conclusion, that
matter is convertible into energy and vice versa. The truth is that matter and
energy are merely different aspects of the same entity.
"Consider a geometric plane surface having two
dimensions. If this plane is perpendicular to your line of sight you perceive
it as a plane surface. This represents the matter aspect of the entity. If now
you rotate the plane through an angle of ninety degrees, the surface will
disappear from your sight, leaving only one dimension. This is the energy
aspect of the entity. You have not changed the plane in any way. You have
merely changed your point of
view, or technically you have changed your point of
reference. The amount of energy which is apparently contained by a given body
of matter depends entirely upon how far it has rotated upon the mass energy
axis with respect to the given observer. Another observer, observing the same
body from a different reference point, would find an entirely different amount
of energy contained. Assume that we have an observer upon each of two planets
which are traveling through space at, say half of the speed of light, but which
are traveling at exactly the same speed and upon parallel courses. If no other
bodies of matter existed in the universe, the observers would, inevitably, come
to the conclusion that their respective planets had no kinetic energy, since
the only reference points available are at the same energy level. If we now
postulate a third planet, and assume that it is at rest in space, both
observers will note that, while their respective planets have no kinetic energy
relative to each other, they both have a very high energy with respect to the
third body. There would still be no means of determining which of the bodies
were actually moving. It could only be determined that there was a relative
motion or an energy differential between them.
"Another clue which your Dr. Einstein brought to
light through abstract mathematical reasoning was that: As a body of matter
increases in velocity, its
dimension decreases in the direction of motion. When the
body reaches the velocity of light, it ceases to have any dimension in the
direction of motion. This, of course, is because it has rotated upon the mass
energy axis, relative to that observer, until it has ceased to be matter and
has become pure energy. Thus you will see that it requires 9x1020
ergs of energy to accelerate one gram of mass to the speed of light. Since at
this velocity it ceases to be matter, it is obvious that no amount of energy
could further increase its velocity with respect to the given reference point.
"However, there will be time enough for further
discussions of physics later. Since this is principally a sight-seeing tour, I
should be pointing out the sights to you.
"The large city to the north of you is Saint Louis,
and the glow on the horizon dead ahead is Cincinnati. You will be over it in
less than two minutes, and soon after you will be able to see the lights of Pittsburgh.
"You see that we have learned a great deal of your
geography as well as your language. Your history is not so well known to us,
since your race does not think much in terms of the past. Of course the history
of the original civilizations are much better known to us than to your
This last statement did not register on my consciousness
at the time, as I was engrossed in watching the lights of Cincinnati swimming
silently toward me on the earth's surface thirty-five miles below.
Due to our eastward travel, I knew that the moon must now
be almost directly overhead, but the surface of the earth gave little evidence
of its reflected light. The greenish phosphorescence which I had seen when
rising in New Mexico, had almost disappeared. I have never heard any estimate
of the earth's albedo, but, judging from its almost total darkness at this
level, I think that the reflectivity of the land areas at least, must be very
low. Of course it was only moonlight I was judging by, and I was not nearly far
enough from the earth's surface to form any true estimate of the albedo.
The lights of Cincinnati were almost underneath me now.
There were too many lights, and they were too close together to distinguish
many of them individually. The general effect was that of looking down upon a
bonfire, which had burned down to a bed of bright coals, with a few much
brighter points which flashed and sparkled like rhinestones in a spotlight.
Of course Cincinnati was not the only city visible from
this point. At an altitude of thirty-five miles the line of sight becomes very
long, and even in the restricted area of the viewing screen, I could see,
at any one time, literally hundreds of various size
"embers," sparkles and pin-points of light, all representing human
habitations, enterprises or guiding beacons.
"You will be over New York City in a few
minutes," I heard myself say. "And I am going to begin to bring you
down to the twenty mile level. Since the craft in which you are riding was not
designed to carry passengers (the passenger compartment being only an emergency
provision) it was not considered necessary to provide complete negative gravity
compensation such as we have in all of our larger ships. Consequently, as you
start downward, you will be acceleration in the direction of your own gravity,
so that your body weight will become somewhat less. If this becomes distressing
to you I will lower the rate of acceleration."
I felt a mild lifting of my stomach, such as one feels when
starting down in rather a slow elevator, except that in this case the sensation
persisted for about thirty seconds. Then my weight became normal again.
"You are now moving downward at a constant rate which
will bring you to the proper level in another minute. The levelling off
process, of course, involves positive gravity acceleration, so you will not
feel it. You did not seem to be greatly disturbed by the gravity change, but
since your race has not
yet developed gravity compensation devices for your
transportation vehicles, I suppose that you may be more inured to such changes
"If you think that I should be distressed by a change
as mild as that," I replied, "you should try riding one of our roller
coasters or doing an `outside loop' in one of our `squirt jobs!"'
"Just a moment," was the reply. "I am
afraid that you have me at a disadvantage. I had flattered myself that my
understanding of your language was practically perfect. Yet you have just used
two terms whose meaning is unknown to me. Would you please explain them or give
"You mean `roller coaster' and `squirt job?' " I
asked. "The roller coaster is a mechanical device found in many of our
amusement parks. It consists of a low open car with seats for passengers and
equipped with hand rails for the rider to grip. It has steel wheels which roll
upon a pair of steel tracks laid upon an elevated framework. When the
passengers have taken their seats, the car is connected to a moving chain
between the tracks, which tows the car to the highest point in the structure.
There the car is released from the chain and gravity is allowed to take over.
The tracks dip downward at a very sharp angle, until they reach the ground
level and then again rise sharply almost to the level of the starting point.
These sudden climbs and drops are
repeated a number of times, and there are several steeply
banked short radius turns so that the track is circular, and at the conclusion
of the ride the passengers have been returned to their point of departure, and
the car is ready for another load of thrill seekers. The feeling of exhilaration
produced by the ride is caused by the fact that the reflex portion of the
brain, upon sensing the rapid change of gravity, causes adrenalin to be released
into the blood stream. This, of course, occurs whenever the body is confronted
by sudden peril, but in this case, the rider knows that there is no real
danger. So he is able to enjoy the stimulation produced by the adrenalin
without being subject to any actual hazard.
"A `squirt job' is a term in American `slanguage'
which refers to one of our jet propelled aircraft. I presume that you are fully
familiar with these since you should have had ample opportunity to study them.
An `outside loop' is a maneuver, in which the aircraft describes a circle in a
vertical plane with the upper side of the craft remaining at the outer
periphery of the circle."
"Thank you," replied my host. "I know now
that we made no mistake when we chose you as a means of direct contact.
"You are now on the twenty mile level, and your city
of New York lies before you. The craft is approaching it from the northwest
side and will continue
on this course until it reaches the ocean at the northeast
extremity of the city. It will then circle the city until it is travelling
westward. At the same time the craft will rotate so that the viewing screen
will always be toward the center of the city. Your velocity has been reduced to
about six hundred miles per hour so that you will have more time to enjoy the
If I were a writer or a poet I could, perhaps, do some
small justice to the sight which met my eyes as the greatest metropolis in the
world rotated slowly before me. Since I am neither a writer nor a poet, but
only a simple technician with a limited vocabulary and faltering construction,
I fear that it is almost hopeless to make the attempt. At the twenty mile level
the lights were much brighter and had greater individuality than they had
seemed to have from the higher level. This was no glowing bed of coals with a
few brighter sparks. This was a vast array of millions of blue white diamonds,
scintillating and coruscating against a black velvet background. The differing
temperatures of the various air strata beneath me, combined with the rapid
motion of the ship, caused the lights to twinkle violently, so that the entire
city was a sea of pulsing, shimmering luminescence.
"If I were an artist," I thought. "This
would probably be the greatest moment of my life, but my
hunger for knowledge must greatly exceed my appreciation
of purely aesthetic values. Beautiful as this scene is and interesting as the
ride has been, I would gladly have traded it all for a five minute tour of the
"We regret that there was not enough time to arrange
such a tour," was the reply. "But you will remember that we are not
yet adapted to your atmosphere and as you yourself said `if you were to come
into our ship you would have to bring your atmosphere with you.' It is true
that, given enough time, we could have prepared a suit such as your people wear
when they go beneath the surface of the sea. This would have enabled you to
come into our ship without changing either your atmosphere or ours. But this
would have required considerable time. While we are not nearly so enslaved by
time as your race appears to be, nevertheless, we are aboard a craft which
derives its operating energy principally from natural differential sources and
we, even as the sailors of your race, often find it necessary to `sail with the
"We must leave this area shortly, but we will return
to your planet within a few months. We have stored enough of your atmosphere to
mix with ours for the time we will be gone. When we return we will contact you
"But I will not be at the Proving Grounds then,"
I said. "My work here will be finished and I will have to return to California.
Incidentally I don't even know your name, or do you people have given
"We have names," was the reply. "Though
there is seldom any occasion to use them among our own people. If I become a
member of your race, I shall use the name of Alan, which is a common name in
your country and is nearly the same as my given name which is A-Lan. As to your
being in California; when we return this should make little difference in our
ability to contact you. As I said, your mind receives well. In fact, if you had
a little more practice in resolving mental images, it might have been possible
for us to have shown you the details of our own craft without the necessity of
your being in it."
"I should like very much to attempt this," I
said. "The best way to improve is to practice, and if the details of your
craft are too difficult as a starter, how about trying me out on the details of
the one I am in? If I close my eyes and concentrate, won't it be possible for
you to give me at least a cross-sectional view of this ship?"
"Hardly," Alan replied a little dryly. "You
are making the error which your people almost always make, when attempting what
you define as extrasensory
perception. In the first place, it isn't 'extrasensory' at
all. It is just as much a part of the body's normal perception equipment as any
of the other senses, except that it has been used so little by your people that
it is still in a rudimentary state of development. Some of your animals and
many of your insects have developed this sense to a higher degree than your
"You have been accustomed from birth to receiving and
resolving visual impressions with your eyes open. You will remember that when
you first learned to use a microscope, you were taught that even though there
was only one eyepiece, it was best to keep both eyes open. Therefore, do not
close your eyes. I will turn off the viewing beam so that there will be no
"Secondly, do not concentrate. Concentration is the
attitude of transmission and is almost a complete bar to reception. To receive
properly you must achieve a state of complete relaxation. This you have the
ability to do, an ability which is remarkable in one of your race.
"In fact it was through this ability that I first
made contact with your mind. It was three nights ago. You had returned to your
bed but found it difficult to sleep because the pressure of the events of the
day had been unusually great. You made use of a mental device which was very
interesting to me because of
its simplicity and effectiveness. Do you remember what it
"Oh yes," I said. "I use it often when
sleep doesn't come readily. I simply visualize a room which is completely dark
except for ten luminous numerals on the far wall of the room. I focus my
attention upon these numerals until all other thoughts have been excluded from
my consciousness. I then begin, one by one to erase the numerals, keeping my
mind focused upon the remaining ones, but lowering the degree of concentration
with each erasure. I usually fall asleep while there are still several numbers
to go, but in no case have I ever remained conscious more than a few seconds
after the last one is gone."
"Exactly," Alan replied. "And not only does
this process relax the conscious mind but it also returns all extraneous
thoughts to their proper place in the filing cabinet of the unconscious portion
of the mind. Under these conditions the unconscious mind transmits and receives
much more readily than the conscious mind ever does.
"I should, perhaps, be ashamed to admit it, but in
your case the temptation was too great to resist, and I am afraid that I
ransacked your mind as perhaps no mind has ever been ransacked before. I think
I can fairly say that I know much more about you than you know about yourself.
What I found in your mind was not all that could be desired. Of
course, life has been rather harsh with you at times, and
I found many scars and a few wounds which are still only half healed. I also
found that these same buffetings of fate had given you an unusual depth and
breadth of perception and understanding. I decided then that you would be an
"But again we have strayed from the project at hand.
I was going to suggest that you use your own method of relaxing your mind. Keep
your eyes upon the area of the viewing screen which is now dark, and when your
mind is relaxed, I will attempt to give you a mental picture of the interior of
the craft in which you are riding."
It was not necessary for me to visualize a darkened room
for, with the viewing beam turned off, the compartment in which I was riding
was totally dark. I had no difficulty in visualizing the luminous numerals on
the area of the viewing screen, but when I attempted to exclude the dozens of
questions which were beating an insistent tattoo upon the fringe of my
consciousness, I found it practically impossible. Eventually I gave up trying
to exclude them entirely, and sweeping them as far back as possible, I began to
erase the numerals. So great is the force of habit that, as I mentally erased
the numerals, my mind cleared, so that by the time I reached the last one I was
With the removal of the last numeral, I became aware of a
picture upon the viewing screen which I had not noticed before. It did not
appear suddenly. It seemed as though it had always been there but that I was
seeing it for the first time. In the left hand portion of the picture I recognized
the compartment in which I was riding and I knew that the picture must
represent the interior of the entire craft. I heard a voice coming to me but
this time as from a distance. Somehow, I knew that it was Alan's voice even
though the timbre had changed entirely. The voice I had been hearing had been
crisp and almost sharp. This one was soft and flowing, with an almost musical
"You are seeing the parts of the ship and its
mechanism which your mind is capable of grasping. The large drum like structure
just above the central bulkhead is the differential accumulator. It is
essentially a storage battery which is capable of being charged from any of a
number of natural energy differentials which may be available. By the word
`charged,' I merely mean that a potential difference is created between two
poles of the accumulator. The material of the poles has available free
electrons in quantities beyond anything of which you could conceive. The
control mechanism allows these electrons to flow through the two force rings
which you see at the top and bottom of the craft. You are
familiar enough with electrodynamics to know that a moving
electron creates a magnetic field. The tremendous surge of electrons through
the force rings produces a very strong magnetic field. Since the direction and
amplitude of flow can be controlled through either ring, and in several paths
through a `single' ring, we can produce a field which is in opposition or in
conjunction with any magnetic field through which we wish to travel. This also
gives us control of the attitude of the craft with respect to the given field.
"All bodies of matter which are in motion have
magnetic fields about them for the reason just given: that all matter contains
electrons and all electrons in motion produce magnetic fields. The magnetic
field of your earth is very weak in proportion to its gravitational field and
it may be difficult for you to understand how acceleration against a strong
field can be produced by opposition to a weak one. Just remember what happens
when you bring together the 'like' or opposing poles of two 'permanent'
magnets, how the lines of force are pushed outward almost perpendicular to
their normal position. So the field of the craft fans outward until it
intersects sufficient lines of earth's field to produce the required repulsion.
"You may have wondered how long you could breathe the
air in the small passenger compartment
before it became stuffy and vitiated. You can see here
that there are small vents beneath each of the two rear seats with a mechanism
to circulate the air from the cargo hold through the passenger compartment.
There is no means, in this craft, of renewing the air, but the large volume of
air in the hold would, in an emergency supply even four passengers with
adequate oxygen for many hours.
"The case which you see just above the differential
accumulator contains the control equipment. There is no particular point in
going into this since you are already familiar with many types of remote
control equipment and servo mechanisms. While ours are infinitely simpler and
more dependable than yours, here again it would require several hours of reorientation
in physics to give you an understanding of their operation.
"Our time is running out. We have returned you at a
velocity somewhat greater than that of the outward trip and you are now almost
directly above your point of departure. Since your people, unlike ours, appear
to derive a certain degree of pleasure, or as you call it `thrill' from
experiencing wide variations of gravity, we can, if you wish, produce during
the descent, a condition approaching Zero Gravity or what you would term a
`free fall.' To reach this condition fully, would be distressing to anyone, as
well as somewhat dangerous, but we can approach it
closely enough so that while you will still retain some
stability you will experience the sensation of weightlessness."
The sudden realization that the trip was nearly over
snapped me out of the state of semi-trance in which I had been since I had
first entered the craft.
"O.K.," I said. "Lead on McDuff." As
the condemned criminal said, when he mounted the scaffold, "I'll try
Instantly the compartment light came on. After the total
darkness in which I had been, the light was blinding. While I was attempting to
adjust my eyes to the light, my stomach suddenly leaped upward into my chest.
For a moment I could plainly feel my heart beating against the lower end of my
throat, while my lungs and other upper organs seemed determined to extrude
through my ears. I had been through steep dives and sharp pull-outs in
airplanes, and have ridden in many amusement devices calculated to produce the
feeling of weightlessness, but had never felt anything like this before. There
was no sensation of falling. It simply felt as though my organs, having been
released from a heavy strain, were springing upward like elastic bands, when
released from tension. Fortunately this sensation was of short duration. In a
few seconds I felt almost normal again.
"I don't feel very weightless now," I thought,
and pushed down sharply with my hands on either side of the seat. I rose in a
slow and more or less graceful sweep, almost to the ceiling of the compartment.
My rise would have been more graceful except that I had apparently applied the
force somewhat to the rear of my center of gravity so that my body tipped
forward as I rose and also rotated to my left. By the time I had started to
fall back, I was almost head downward and I was forced to reach out and grasp
the back of the seat to right myself. The result was that I came to rest with
my knees in the chair and my eyes only a few inches from the back cushion.
It was then that I saw something which I had overlooked
when I had first entered the ship. It was only a simple design imprinted in the
material of the seat, but I recognized the symbol and the recognition must have
produced a powerful mental shock wave which Alan misinterpreted for fear or
pain, for the gravity was immediately normalized, causing me to experience
another rough moment as my organs all attempted to occupy the space normally
assigned to my intestines.
"What is it?" I heard Alan's voice, and for the
first time there seemed to be a definite trace of concern. Then-"Oh, I see
you have noticed the symbol and recognized its significance."
"Yes," I said. "Anyone who has ever read to
any extent would recognize the symbol of the tree and the serpent. It is found
in the original inscriptions and legends of every race on earth. It has always
seemed to me to be a peculiarly earthly symbol and it was startling to see it
appear from the depths of space or from whatever planet you call home."
"These are things which I had hoped to put off until
our next contact," Alan said. "There is so much to tell and so little
time. Our ancestors came originally from this earth. They had built a great
empire and a mighty science upon the Continent which your legends call 'Mu' or
`Lemuria.' At the same time, there was also a great empire upon the Continent
"There was rivalry in science. Friendly at first, but
becoming bitter with the years, as each nation flaunted its achievements in the
face of the other. In a few centuries their science had passed the point of
development which exists here now. Not content with releasing a few crumbs of
the binding energy of the atom, as your physicists are doing now, they had
learned to rotate entire masses upon the energy axis. Under the circumstances,
it was inevitable that the two nations should eventually destroy each other,
just as the two major nations of the earth of today are preparing to do.
"But this discussion must wait until we return. Our
time is more than up. Already it is requiring too much energy to keep our ship
in its present position and we cannot abandon the cargo craft. It is on the
ground and I will open the door. So long for now, Dan. Take care of yourself
until we return."
Like a person walking in his sleep, I stepped down from
the floor of the craft and stumbled a dozen paces through the sand, before
turning to look back. The door had closed behind me and as I turned, a
horizontal band of orange colored light appeared about the central part of the
ship and it leaped upward as though it had been released from a catapult. The
air rushing in to replace that which had been displaced upward, impelled me a
full step forward and almost caused me to lose my balance. I managed to keep my
eyes on the craft while the band of light went through the colors of the
spectrum, from orange to violet. By this time it was several thousand feet in
the air and as the light passed through the violet band the craft disappeared
entirely from my sight.
A strong sense of depression settled over me then. I felt
as though my work and my life had lost all of its significance. A few hours
before, I had been a rather self-satisfied technician setting up
instrumentation for the testing of one of the largest rocket motors ever built.
While I realized that my part in the program was a small one, nevertheless I
had felt as though I were at least travelling in the forefront of progress. Now
I knew that the motor, even before it was tested, was pitifully obsolete. I was
a small and insignificant cog in a clumsy and backward science, which was
moving only toward its own destruction. For a long time I stood in the sand,
looking from the crumpled patch of brush up to the stars.
♦ ♦ ♦
Alan had said that they would return in a few months, and
that when they did, they would contact me again. Did they really mean it or was
it just a polite parting gesture? There must be thousands of people in this
country who could be of more assistance to them than I. I can only wait and
My contact with the extra-terrestrial group did not end
with the events described in the foregoing text, but has become a continuing
To relate all that has passed between us would require
many hours of speaking, or if reduced to writing would fill several volumes.
If the reception of this text is such as to indicate that
there is any considerable number of persons who are genuinely interested, I
shall do my best to place before the public the entire body of information
which I have received.
I shall be glad to receive your comments whether favorable
DANIEL. W. FRY
Los Angeles, Calif.
May 22, 1954.
[All communications intended for Mr. Fry may be sent to
him in care of the publisher of this book.]
By DANIEL W. FRY
"IT IS EASIER TO RIDICULE
THAN TO INVESTIGATE,
BUT IT IS NOT AS PROFITABLE."
Ever since the publication of the White Sands Incident we
have been besieged by the public for further information from the same source.
Finally we have prevailed upon Mr. Fry--who is a very busy man-to make written
report of his subsequent contact with ALAN of the extra-terrestrial group. This
he has done, and the content of Alan's Message to the People of Earth
is so filled with information of vital significance to mankind, and
particularly to the people of our time, that we have decided to release it to
you just as we have received it, with no attempt to enlarge or embellish it in
any way, and with but very little comment from Mr. Fry. While it thus becomes a
very small book which may be quickly read, it will be found to be power-packed.
Every sentence is vital and there are no unnecessary words.
We are sure Mr. Fry could have written at great length of
the wisdom of his extra-terrestrial friend; but he has preferred to let the message
speak for itself. Those who have heard Mr. Fry in lecture halls or on radio or
television programs, will realize that his only concern is that the people
understand the urgency of the message and the wisdom revealed by his
In the years which followed Daniel W. Fry's first
encounter with the extra-terrestrial people and their spacecraft, many other
people have come forward to relate experiences which confirm the presence of
people from other worlds, within our atmosphere if not upon our earth. While
many attempts at communication have been made by the space people, they have
not always been successful.
In recent months, however, there have been a few instances
of contacts and communication with extraterrestrial people in widely separated
parts of the world which corroborate Dan Fry's experience both as to method of
reception and the content of the message. It seems quite obvious by now that
from whatever place they come the extra-terrestrials have a similar message for
the people of our time.
As this book goes to press there has just come into our
hands a most remarkable communication of this kind. It is from Austria and is
written in German but we are translating it into English for the benefit of
those who have read the White Sands Incident or have heard Alan's Message to
Men of Earth direct from the lips of Mr. Fry, but who may have felt that he
stands alone and unsupported in his claims, or that the ordinary form of
telepathy may have been involved. Other recent contacts, besides the one in
Austria, have shown clearly that there is a mode of
communication, far superior to ordinary telepathy, in use by our
extra-terrestrial friends whereby the voice of the communicator is heard within
one's own head in a sort of clairaudience which it is not possible to confuse
with the telepathic reception of thoughts and ideas from another person or with
thoughts or impressions arising within one's own mind from subconscious levels.
With this type of communication it matters not if the mind
wanders or if other thoughts pass through the mind, for the voice still remains
strong and clear, and is not in the least disturbed by your fleeting thoughts
and questions. We have been so intrigued with this aspect of the experience of
Mr. Fry and several others that we have made inquiry into the mode of reception
wherever messages from people of other worlds are being received. We are
convinced we are confronted with a true clairaudience and are approaching the
independent voice which the scientific investigator longs to encounter.
The recent contact in northern Canada has been considered
by some to be a bit fantastic, but becomes more comprehensible and acceptable
the moment we realize that the three huge "spacemen" may have been
wearing space suits! However the fact that
the badly frightened and uneducated Italian lad also
stated that the spaceman did not speak to him from the outside, but actually within
his head, lends more credibility to genuineness of the encounter than any
detail related. This young man had never heard of "flying saucers"
and certainly he had never read about spacemen, extra-sensory perception,
telepathy, clairaudience, independent voice or voice-in-head phenomena.
This fact alone gives it the appearance of a very real experience.
In the case of Mr. Von Cihlar of Vienna he was made to
comprehend exactly what the man from Mars wished to say to him, although he is
convinced the man uttered no sound and probably did not speak German anyway.
According to Mr. Fry it is entirely possible that the
extra-terrestrial people may have an electronic device capable of modulating
the auditory nerve currents in such a way that speech may be heard by us
although no one is speaking within range of our Bearing. That this is easily
possible is evidenced by the fact that the ear is not essential to hearing, nor
is sound for that matter. Any electronics engineer can easily set up a device
whereby the human body as a whole may become a radio receiving set with the
nerves carrying the modulated current which will
in consequence be heard as sound and interpreted as
speech. As their scientific knowledge is quite evidently much superior to ours,
this type of communication should present no difficulty to them, but it is also
entirely possible that they are so far beyond us in science that they may have
discovered a way to modulate our nerve currents or brain waves directly without
the need of intervening electronic gadgets.
Perhaps they have learned how to activate some dormant or
little used brain cells which open up these new, or at least little used,
faculties. In view of the fact that we find frequent references to the third
eye in the communications coming from the people of other worlds, it is not
unlikely that they have also made this discovery. In no other way can we hope
to account for some of the things contained in the text of the messages
This particularly applies to the knowledge of the remote
past exhibited by Alan in his Message to Men of Earth, and in his ability to
probe the working of Dan's mind as narrated in The White Sands Incident,
and then there is the prophetic aspect of this contact, and in fact of all the
other contacts, which implies the possession of a superior faculty of insight
and intuition at least in regard to the future of mankind.
Clearly we have here to deal with unusually highly
developed type of individuals, in all probability not of the rank and file of
the inhabitants of other worlds or planets, but rather the most advanced
individuals of their sphere of life, beings similar in many respects to those
usually denominated Masters when appearing among men. At least they certainly'
manifest some of the accomplishments of Adeptship. At all events they have
achieved a mastery over space travel, magnetics, gravitation and other
scientific matters, not likely to be possessed by the rank and file of their
people any more than our advances in nuclear physics are understood by average
Because we are privileged to receive a vital and spiritual
message from such advanced and perfected beings, delivered with clear and
prophetic insight, it behooves us to give heed while there is yet time to
change the trend of events. In this way yet may perhaps avoid the pitfall from
which only Michael and his angels could save us by direct intervention.
An ever-increasing number of our people unbecoming uneasy
over the apparently impending fulfillment of prophecy and the imminent dun Pr
of another world war-this time of a most destructive sort. The development of
nuclear weapons, guided missiles, nerve gases, and bacterial warfare does not
help to allay the suspicion that we may be on the verge of
a war of extermination instead of merely self-preservation and freedom.
So it comes almost as an answer to our prayers and fondest
hopes, that in all contacts with the extra-terrestrial people, through whatever
channel they reach us, the cheerful view prevails, and they assure us that the
greatly feared catastrophe may be averted if we will but heed their oft
repeated warnings. But it has remained for Daniel W. Fry and his
extra-terrestrial friends to tell us exactly what is the problem confronting
humanity and exactly how it may be solved. But most important of all just what
we may do to help prevent the impending world war and world conflagration,
which threatens to bring about the doom of our era of civilization.
The situation is so serious that it becomes necessary to
make an attempt to alert all thinking people to the dangerous trend of events
while there is time to take corrective measures, and so find the way to peace.
It is obvious, however, that there can be no lasting peace until there is
mutual trust and understanding among nations and a willingness to live and let
live. Tyranny and despotism have always been short-lived yet many great
civilizations have vanished from our earth mainly from such causes. Surely it
time for the people of earth to find a way to prevent this
tragedy, and if the voice of the little people could be heard they would
certainly insist upon it. The day of war lords has passed, for no longer can
they find safety in rear ranks or sanctuary in castles. Indeed in this era of
nuclear weapons and radiation problems many in high places are fast becoming
convinced of the truth of what extra-terrestrial people have long been telling
us, namely, that war is obsolete as a method of settling differences. They fear
there might be no one left to enjoy the settlement! While this alone will not
usher in the millennium, it is indicative of a new trend in world affairs.
We should be duly thankful that other eyes than ours have
seen the handwriting on the wall and have given the warning to men of earth in
time to prevent the repetition of the ancient tragic error.
In any event, the future is bright with a new hope and
perhaps even intervention by extra-terrestrial friends should the need arise!
Remember, WE ARE NOT ALONE!
TO THE PEOPLE OF EARTH
For the benefit of those who have not yet read THE WHITE
SANDS INCIDENT, some explanation should be made as to the source of this
message, and the means of its delivery.
For the past seven years, as every reader knows, our
newspapers and magazines, our radio and television stations have carried
countless stories concerning the sighting of various objects, usually in the
air, but occasionally upon the ground, whose appearance and whose actions do
not correspond to any pattern with which we are familiar upon this earth.
To many persons, these objects are still classified as
unknown. There are even a few who, in spite of the overwhelming mass of
evidence, still dogmatically assert that these objects "cannot
Some reputable scientists, after casual investigation,
have dismissed these phenomena as "meaningless." Many others have
dismissed them without any pretense of investigation.
On the other hand, there is a large and ever growing group
of people whose intense interest, and whose realization of the tremendous
import of these
visitations, have given them the energy and the patience
to gather and to examine minutely, all of the available data. To every one of
these persons, three facts become evident beyond any reasonable doubt. First, that
these objects are real. They do exist. Second, that they are extra-terrestrial,
being far above and beyond anything with which we are familiar on earth. Third,
that they are guided by intelligence, an intelligence obviously greater than
our own, although we may not always be able to fathom its purpose or follow its
The book called THE WHITE SANDS INCIDENT, IS the factual
and objective account of an experience which the writer has had with one of
these extraterrestrial craft, and the establishment of communication with the
During the last few years, it has become more and more
evident that our earthly civilization has entered a critical stage of its
development. Great problems have arisen which appear to have no solution, and
which seriously threaten the very existence of humanity on earth.
The message which comprises the following text, was given
to me by one of the extra-terrestrial group with the request that it be given
the widest possible dissemination, and with the expressed hope that in its
light. the simple solution to our "insoluble problems," might become
It was on April 28, 1954 that Alan established direct
contact with me for the third and perhaps the last time. There was a sense of urgency
in this contact which had not been present during our previous meetings. It was
also the first time that it was made clear to me that I had a personal duty and
responsibility in the effort which Alan and his friends are making to alter the
natural flow of events, and thus avert the holocaust which is otherwise
I am going to repeat as nearly verbatim as my memory will allow,
the entire conversation which took place between us, in the hope that the
purpose and the message of these extra-terrestrial friends may become as clear
to you as it was to me.
I had gone to my place in the Oregon woods, in the hope of
making this contact, because I wanted guidance as to what use, if any, I should
make of the information I already had.
My place in Oregon is at the end of a small road which
leads deep into the woods. It is extremely isolated, and I felt that it would
be an ideal spot for the contact which I was seeking.
I had been absolutely alone for three days when, early in
the evening of the third day, Alan's voice came to me in its usual abrupt
fashion. "Well, Dan, how much longer are you going to hide your light
under a bushel?"
In spite of the fact that I had come eight hundred miles,
and had been waiting for three days in the hope of making this contact, I was
just as startled as though I had never heard Alan's voice before. I looked
quickly around the room half expecting to see someone standing in the shadows,
although my reason told me that there could be no one there. Finally I
recovered enough to make an answer, but all I could say was, "What do you
"You know what I mean," Alan replied, "in
your great book of wisdom and philosophy which you call the Bible, it is stated
that when a man has lighted a candle, he does not place it under a bushel, but
holds it forth that all men may be guided by its light. We have expended
considerable time and patience in the effort to light a few candles among the
races of your planet. It has been our hope that the light of these candles
might grow in brilliance until it exposed the terrible abyss toward which the
peoples of your world are so blindly rushing.
"We have given you information which is both of
interest and of value to your people. Why do you keep it to yourself?"
"But what can I do?" I said, "I am an
unknown. How can I reach the public, and who would listen if I could?"
"Those who are not blind to truth will recognize the
value of the message, regardless of who the messenger may be. Write what you
have learned from us, in a book. You have already met the man who will publish
it. Tell the story through your newspapers, your radio and television stations,
and if necessary, shout it from the house-tops, but let the people know."
"You don't realize what you are asking," I said.
"If I adopt this course a few people may listen, but many more will not.
There are too many people in this world who are afraid of the truth, and who
are more afraid of anything which might change the existing order of things. If
I attempt to make public the information which you have given me, it will only
mean that I will be scorned and ridiculed. I will be called a liar by some, a
fool by others, and a charlatan by still others. If I give a statement to our
newspapers, they will either ignore it entirely. or they will print a comic
distorted version which will make me appear stupid and ridiculous."
Alan's voice took on the patient but slightly strained
tone of a teacher who is attempting to explain a simple fact to a somewhat
"Of course you will be ridiculed. Ridicule is the
barrier which the ignorant erect between themselves and any truth which
frightens or disturbs them. Can you name any man of your planet who has ever
accomplished anything of great value to your people, who was not ridiculed and
scorned by some? It is the price which is exacted from every man who is as much
as one step in advance of his contemporaries. There is a saying in the records
of the previous civilization of your world which I believe should be on the
frontispiece of every book of philosophy. "It is easier to ridicule than
to investigate, but it is not as profitable." Yes, you will be called a
liar by some and a fool by others. If you seek or accept any financial
assistance, however small, you will immediately be accused of commercialism,
and yet the expenditure of at least some money is a prerequisite among your
people, to the accomplishment of almost anything. There are many problems which
you will have to face, but remember that they are by no means peculiar to your
position. They have been faced and met by every individual who has ever offered
his services and his knowledge to his neighbors, in the attempt to advance the
culture of the race. Remember also that you will have friends, more friends
than you ever dreamed of. While it is true, as you say, that there are too many
persons who fear anything which might change their way of life,
there are others, more than you think, who sense the
critical position of your civilization, and are searching diligently for the
remedy. They will look before they laugh, and for every one who looks, you will
have another friend.
"Don't forget what I have told you about the power of
thought. When you have friends, you are never alone no matter where you may be.
Every mind that is for you will be with you, and will give you added courage
"I hope so" I said. "I have a feeling that
I am going to need plenty of both."
"It has been almost four years since you first
contacted me. In a few more months you should be completely adapted to our
environment. Why don't you simply set your craft down on the White House lawn
some morning, ask for worldwide communication facilities, and give the whole
world your message at once?"
"This `simple solution,' is only wishful thinking on
your part," Alan replied. "We have discussed this before, and if you
will think a little, you will see that there are many reasons, both general and
specific, why such a course would not be successful. In the first place there
is the psychological aspect. If we were to appear as members of a superior
race, coming from above to lead the people of your world,
about thirty percent of these people would insist upon
considering us as Gods, and would attempt to place upon us, all responsibility
for their own welfare. Of the remaining seventy per cent, most would consider
that we were potential tyrants who were planning to enslave their world, and
many would immediately begin to seek means to destroy us. If any great and
lasting good is to come of our efforts, the actual leaders must be your own
people, or at least men who are indistinguishable from them.
"From the practical standpoint, you know as well as
we that if we were to land our craft near the seat of your government, we would
immediately be surrounded and taken in charge by those military forces whose
duty it is to protect the heads of your government from any possible danger. We
would be questioned for hours, perhaps days before any request which we might
make would even be given consideration. We would be forced to display our
superiority in the realm of the material science. Once this superiority had
been demonstrated, the military leaders would inevitably adopt the position
that it was imperative that their country acquire and `protect' this advanced
scientific knowledge. The attitude of your government, in common with the
governments of other advanced nations of your planet today, is that all new
knowledge, particularly scientific knowledge, is the property of the state.
This is not the fault of any individual or political
faction, but is simply a philosophism of government which developed during the
last two great wars upon your earth. It was given much impetus in your country
by the necessary secrecy attending the development of your nuclear weapons.
However the secrecy of military `security' has now grown far beyond the bounds
of its reason, and has become, in many cases, only an excuse to conceal
anything which might embarrass any member of your governing bodies. As a matter
of fact, most of the tension which exists between your nations today is the
direct result of this excessive secrecy.
"You must realize that any information which your
government might acquire concerning us, our craft or our knowledge, would be
considered the most vital `military' secret which they had ever
"But supposing that you did land. Supposing that you
did give our country the benefit of your knowledge, wouldn't that tend to
prevent the outbreak of another war?" I said. "Surely you don't think
us so barbaric that we would attack another country simply because we felt that
we possessed the means to conquer it?"
"Not at all," Alan replied. "You miss the
point entirely. If we were to land in your country, your
government would attempt to keep it a secret, but it would
not succeed any more than it succeeded in keeping the secrets of its nuclear
weapons. The government of Russia upon being apprised of the fact that the
military forces of the United States were acquiring highly advanced technical
knowledge, would decide that their only hope of avoiding complete domination by
the United States was to launch an immediate attack. Have you so soon forgotten
the lessons of your Pearl Harbor that you do not realize this?
"If we were to land in both countries simultaneously,
the result would be only to intensify the existing race for armaments, and
would eventually bring about the very holocaust which we are attempting to
"We will point out the way, and give you such help as
we can, but you and the other people whom we have contacted must `carry the
ball.' Whether or not your children have any future to look forward to, will
depend largely upon the success or failure of your own efforts."
"I realize the danger to our civilization which the
possibility of atomic warfare poses," I said, "everyone whose work is
in the technical field does. Almost every one of the top scientists of our
country has, at one time or another made the statement that full
scale atomic warfare will probably result in the virtual
destruction of our civilization, but no one seems to pay any attention to
"That is because they have stated only the problem,
without offering any solution," Alan said. "Actually, the possibility
of atomic warfare on your earth is not the problem, it is merely a symptom, and
no one has ever had any great success in curing an illness by treating only the
"Your civilization is facing a great problem, and
during the last few years it has become a critical one. Its existence is not
the fault of any race, creed or political faction, but is purely the result of
natural tendencies. It is an extremely simple problem, and like most simple
things, its importance has been overlooked by too many of your people. Also,
like all simple problems, the solution is inherent in the complete
understanding of the problem. In order that you may understand it thoroughly, I
will state it in the simplest possible terms.
"There are three types or branches of science which
are necessary for the proper development of mankind: the Spiritual Science, the
Social Science and the Physical or Material Science. The spiritual and social
sciences must come first. There can be no development of the material science
unless there first exists a foundation of the spiritual and social sciences.
You can prove this to yourself by considering
the difference between man and the animals. The animal has
no spiritual or social science and consequently has never developed a material
science. A few of your insects such as the ant and the bee have developed a
rudimentary form of social science to the extent that they are able to live
together in large numbers, work together for their mutual welfare, and have a
form of discipline which is common to all. As a result of this they also have
developed a very limited material science, in that they do erect structures,
and store food against a future time of need. The fact, however, that they have
no spiritual science has proven an absolute bar to further development with the
result that they have not advanced a single: step in thousands of years.
"Mankind, on the other hand, has, from the very
beginning of his development, sensed the fact that there is a supreme power and
intelligence which pervades and controls all nature. Man's attitude toward this
power has varied from fear and resentment, to reverence and love, but always he
has had the desire to learn more of the nature of this power. Thus the
spiritual science had its beginning in the very dawn of human intelligence.
With the realization that man could improve the conditions of his life only by
co-operation, came the first tribal gatherings which were the beginning of the
"From the foundation provided by these two sciences
the superstructure of the material science began to emerge, and here begins the
problem. The development of the material science, being constantly stimulated
by the ever increasing needs and desires of the body, progresses normally
according to the square of time. This too, you can prove to yourself if you
consider the inventions and material developments which have taken place within
the last thirty of your years, compare them with the development of the
previous one hundred years and then compare that in turn, with the previous one
thousand years. You will see at once that the development of the material
science takes place at a rate which is constantly accelerating. The spiritual
and social sciences on the other hand, progress normally; only directly with
time, and even this rate of progress is not always maintained.
"You now have the problem of a huge and massive
structure, growing at an ever increasing rate, standing upon, and supported
only by a foundation which is growing at a much smaller rate. It is obvious
that unless some means are found to stimulate greatly the growth of the
foundation, a time will inevitably come when the structure will collapse upon
that foundation, bringing ruin and destruction to both. This has occurred
before upon your earth, and your
civilization has now entered the stage where it is likely
to occur again.
"Your race is now in constant danger of total
destruction by an agency which it has itself produced. Why should a people be
menaced by their own creations? Simply because they have not progressed far
enough in the spiritual and social sciences to enable them to determine the
uses to which their creations shall be put.
"Most of the thinkers of your race are well aware of
the danger inherent in the use of nuclear weapons, but there is another aspect
of the problem which is not generally recognized. That is the fact that unless
unity is achieved between your nations, the very existence of such weapons will
eventually bring about the downfall of your civilization, even though they are
never used. The truth of this fact can he understood by anyone who will think a
little. Civilizations are built and maintained by men of vision, who think and
work for the future. What man will be willing to dedicate his life and his work
to the benefit of generations yet unborn, when the foreseeable: future does not
extend beyond the next twenty-four hours?
"Already many articles have appeared in your
newspapers and magazines, commenting upon the rapid rise of what they describe
as juvenile delinquency. Some writers place the blame upon the
parents, some upon the schools, others blame the church or
the state. Actually none of these agencies are especially at fault. The
condition is due principally to the fact that youth is particularly sensitive
to a condition of insecurity, (any of your psychologists will verify this) and
never in the history of your race has the future been less secure.
"It has been publicly stated by one of your highest
government officials, that the political and military tension between your
government and the government of Russia may continue at its present level for
the next forty years. This would mean that two more generations of your people
would be born and reared under the constant threat of imminent annihilation. No
civilization which the universe has yet produced could endure under these
"I think I understand the problem now," I said. "But
what about the solution? There are many people who sense the hazard of our
present position, but their advice varies. Some say that we should halt the
development of the material science, stop working with advanced conceptions of
any sort, and prohibit the study of nuclear physics. Others go even further and
say that we should destroy the material science entirely and `go back to
nature,' living as the animals do."
"If you were in the, process of erecting a large new
building," Alan replied. "and you suddenly discovered
that, because of a miscalculation, the foundation was not
going to be strong enough to support the structure, would you at once begin to
tear it down? Hardly! You would instead, if you were at all intelligent, begin
at once to seek the means to enlarge and strengthen the foundation.
"The progress of the material science cannot
successfully be halted. Either it will go forward, or it will go back. If it
goes back, it will collapse because of the fact that the principal supporting
members will be the first to weaken under a program of retrogression. There is
nothing that is intrinsically wrong with your material science. It will progress
and expand to horizons as yet undreamed of, if only your people will provide a
foundation capable of supporting it."
"And if they do not?" I asked. "Then your
civilization will go down," Alan replied slowly. "It will destroy
itself in a holocaust which will leave few survivors. Those few who do survive
will have neither the ability nor the desire to rebuild their science. In a few
generations their descendants will have returned almost to the level of the
animal. Then the process of evolution will begin again. In fifteen or twenty
thousand years another civilization will emerge. It will face the same problems
and have the same opportunity for their solution. If it fails, it will in turn
go down. This is an immutable
law of the universe, but one which operates according to
the free choice of the race. Your race and your culture are not doomed to
extinction, they may continue upon their upward course until they have left
this danger behind them forever. The choice is yours."
"There is little doubt," I said, "which
choice the people would make, if they were aware of the alternatives between
which they were choosing."
"Precisely," Alan replied. "That is why we
are here, and that is why you are here."
"As I have said before: our ancestors were a group of
survivors of the last complete collapse of civilization on this planet. This
was more than thirty thousand years ago as you measure time today, but even
then they had developed a material science which was, in some respects at
least, considerably advanced over your present position. They followed the
natural laws, instead of pitting one against the other as your science does, so
that their devices were much simpler, and yet they could accomplish things
which you have not yet been able to do. They, too, failed to realize the
absolute necessity of an equal development of the spiritual and social values.
"A political and social cleft developed between the
two principal nations of that era. Friction between the two increased yearly,
until at last it exploded
into a war of annihilation. Weapons of absolute energy
were used by each nation against the other, weapons whose destructive power was
a thousand times greater than that of the Hydrogen bomb which threatens your
race today. There was no question of victory or defeat. They simply destroyed
each other. There were few survivors and the radiation level of the entire
surface of the planet had been raised beyond human tolerance. This did not mean
that all survivors were doomed to immediate death from the radiation, but it
did mean that progressive deterioration of the mental and biological functions,
together with the large number of mutations which would be produced in
succeeding generations, would, eventually, bring their level of existence down
almost to that of the beast.
"On a high plateau, in what is now the country of Tibet,
six of our aerial craft had been landed by their crews. A council was held to determine
what, if anything, could be done.
"It was suggested that an attempt be made to reach
another planet. The aerial craft then in use were capable of traveling in space
and had been frequently used to reach elevations of a few hundred miles above
the surface of the earth. However, no attempt had yet been made to leap the
gulf between planets and the crew members were far from certain that such an
attempt would prove successful.
"The planet, which you now know as Mars, was then in
conjunction with the earth and, at that time, the surface conditions of
temperature, atmosphere, water, etc., were much better suited for human
survival than the conditions which your astronomers report to exist at the
"A vote was taken and the members of the crews of
four of the craft elected to take the huge gamble in the hope of preserving
thereby, at least a portion of the culture of the race.
"The remaining crew members believed that because of
the elevation of the plateau on which they were gathered and the comparatively
low level of the radiation which existed there, that they could continue to
live in this area without suffering complete physical or mental degeneration in
themselves or their descendants. They elected to remain.
"Since I can see the question which is forming in
your mind, I will explain that this race had achieved perfect equality of the
sexes and both were about equally represented in this council. Of the four
craft which essayed the great leap, three arrived safely at their destination.
There is no record in our history as to the fate of the fourth.
"For many generations the grim struggle for survival
demanded the entire time and energy of the people. These were the dark ages of
the new race
and we have comparatively little knowledge of this period.
However, the original crew members, immediately after their arrival upon the
new planet, compiled a carefully written history of the races of earth,
pointing out the reasons for their downfall. Throughout the intervening
centuries this history has been carefully preserved. It is known as 'The Great
Lesson' and is the first thing which is taught to all of our youth when they
begin to prepare themselves for active life.
"As the battle for survival was gradually won, the
development of the material science resumed its normal pattern but with the
lessons of the past constantly before our people, it was maintained always in
its proper relationship to the social and spiritual values. We have found that
all three of the sciences have the same basic natural laws and we have come far
in their understanding.
"We are now essentially independent of planets. Some
of our craft are very large, judged by your standards. They are many times the
size of your largest ships. We are able to produce all of the necessities and
comforts of our physical lives within these craft and since we have mastered
the problem of energy, we have no personal need to land upon any of the
planets, except occasionally to obtain raw material for new construction.
"The satisfaction of our own physical needs now
requires but little time and effort, consequently we are able to devote much of
our thought and energy to the assistance of those races which have not yet
passed the critical point in their development."
"Can you give me some specific instructions?"
I said. "Some definite information which I can pass
along to anyone whom I can persuade to listen?" "There is little need
to do this." Alan replied. "Your own philosophers, both past and
present; have given your people ample instruction, ample wisdom to enable them
to chart the proper course if they can only be made to realize the absolute
necessity of following it.
"If a man with a blindfold over his eyes were rushing
toward a cliff, a great effort might be to turn him away from the danger.
However, if the blindfold is removed, (a much less difficult task) no further
effort is necessary, since the man will now turn of his own accord.
"There are many statements in your books of religion
and philosophy which show that the great thinkers of your race down through the
ages, have been well aware of the dangers of concentration on material science.
In the first book of your Bible there is the story of the Tower of Babel, of a
race which had lost sight of the spiritual science entirely
and were attempting to reach God by the work of their
hands. The attempt ended, of course, in frustration and chaos as such attempts
"The development of the social and spiritual sciences
becomes almost automatic if the vital necessity of that development is
understood by everyone.
"If reduced to the simplest terms, social science is
the study of man's relationship to his fellow man. The spiritual science is the
study of man's relationship to God. The indispensable requirement for progress
in either of these sciences is a sincere desire for a better understanding.
"One of the errors which was made in the translation
of your Bible was that the words `love' and `charity' were used when the words
of the original text actually meant `understand' and `understanding.' In your
Bible it is stated that the greatest commandment of all is this--`Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all
thy mind and with all thy strength.' The translation should have been `Thou
shalt strive to understand.' There is no need to command man to love God. If
man understands God, love follows inevitably.
"Again, there is the statement, `Though I speak with
the tongues of men and angels and have not charity (understanding) I am become
brass or a tinkling cymbal.' It is obvious that no matter
how fluently a man may speak, his words can have no real meaning unless he
understands that of which he speaks.
"Your books of philosophy state that man should love
his neighbor and forgive his enemies. Ours say that if a man understands his
neighbor and his neighbor understands him, they will never become enemies.
Understanding your fellow man requires the ability to put yourself in his place
and to see things as he sees them. There is a great difference between
knowledge and understanding. The seat of knowledge is in the head but the seat
of understanding is in the heart.
"The vital need of your world today is simple
understanding between the people of your nations. There is but little value in
a treaty, a pact or a guarantee between governments, if understanding is
lacking between the people.
"You have developed the means of rapid, worldwide
communication through your radio, television, telephone and telegraph. Why are
these means not devoted to a much greater extent to the propagation of
understanding between nations? True, you have a few radio broadcasting stations
which have been dedicated to the task of spreading truth, but they are far too
few and the programs they carry consist
principally of propaganda. Propaganda is merely the means
of `selling' another person or nation an idea or a course of action which you
believe should be followed.
"What the people of your world must recognize is that
the needs and desires, the hopes and fears of all the people on your earth, are
actually identical. When this fact becomes a part of everyone's understanding,
then you will have a sound basis for the formation of the `One World' of which
your politicians speak so glibly, and your spiritual leaders so wistfully.
"The people of your nation, through your government
are spending billions of dollars each year in `Foreign Relief,' treating the
symptoms of the illness. You are spending tens of billions yearly in
preparation for the global conflict which, if it comes, will only prove that
the illness has become fatal. If ten per cent of this money and effort were
spent in an attack upon the illness itself, (which is simply the lack of
knowledge in the individual and the lack of understanding between them) in a
few years the illness would be cured.
"The industries of your nations, released from the
necessity of expending half of their time and energy in producing the means of
destruction, could raise the standard. of living of everyone on your earth to
the point that there would be complete freedom from want.
With freedom from want comes freedom from fear and your civilization would be
safely past the critical point in its development. Your greatest era, your
Golden Age lies just before you. You have only to go through the proper door.
"I have given you as much instruction as you are
capable of absorbing at this time. Do everything possible to bring our words to
the attention of your people. If you make any progress we will contact you
again. As I have said before, we will not and cannot force our knowledge or our
culture upon your race, nor can we appear in person before your people as a
whole unless and until there is substantial evidence that the majority desire
it. This is far from being true at the present time.
"I will leave you with a final quotation from your
own philosophy, `Examine all things. Cling to that which is good.'
"Good-bye, Dan. Do your best."
I have done my best to bring to you the message, exactly
as it was given to me. It may appear to the reader to be rather terse, and
perhaps almost curt in some of its passages. The criticism may be made that it
should have been amplified, and more specific data given. However, it is
written as I received it, and since I have never had the advantage of any
specialized training, either in theology or sociology, it would be very
presumptuous of me to attempt to enlarge upon this message by drawing upon my
own opinions and limited knowledge.
While I cannot claim credit for any value which may be
found in this message, I am bound to accept the responsibility for any errors
of commission or omission, and for any lack of coherence in its presentation.
I earnestly solicit your comments, regardless of their
DANIEL W. FRY
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