I love conspiracy theories and reading, thanks to Erich Von Daniken.
As a kid and teenager, I hated reading. There were much more exciting things for a boy to do. But, when I was given a copy of Chariots of the Gods, my world changed.
While other kids of my age had discovered the joy of reading from Kipling, Blyton or even the Bard, I was an ignorant teenager who hated books. Until Von Daniken.
Ok, so it wasn’t the most highbrow introduction to the pleasure of reading, but Von Daniken did what no other author before him had done. He got me to love reading.
Much later in life – forty or more years later, in fact, I happened across Mr Von Daniken. He was buying his Sunday paper at a kiosk in a Beatenberg, Switzerland, where I was spending a short holiday. The village is famous for three things. It is the longest village in Europe, it has a fabled dragon, and it is the home of Eric Von Daniken.
As is customary in Switzerland, I merely nodded, wished him a good morning, and allowed him to pass me on his way home. Had I been anywhere else in the world, I would have fallen at his feet, begged him for an autograph and blabbered on about how much of a hero he was to me. But in Switzerland, we just don’t do that kind of thing.
Had it been the reincarnation of Elvis Presley, I still would have nodded and said a quiet good morning, because that’s how we react to celebrities here. Ultra low key, and don’t bother anyone.
Anyway, this is not the main point of my post at all.
I want to talk about moon landing conspiracy theories.
Well, in fact, the lack of them. It is a topic that fascinates me, but when I went to Amazon Kindle to look for a book on the subject, I was surprised to discover that there were only eleven titles in total currently available, and two of them were Kindle short reads.
This is an appalling state of affairs but represents an opportunity for any authors who are fascinated by space, science fiction, alien contact and conspiracy theories.
After having met Erich Von Daniken briefly, I can say that he is getting on, so the world can’t expect him to fill this writing void. He has done his bit.
Therefore, it is over to new authors to follow in his literary footsteps – and take a chance in what is clearly a genre begging for new books.