Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Stalin, Roswell, H.G. Wells & Science Fiction Secrets
One of the things that has deeply surprised me about this new Roswell/Stalin controversy is that absolutely no commentary has been given to the fact that this is not the first time that Stalin's name has surfaced in relation to matters of a Fortean/conspiratorial nature.
And, given that Annie Jacobsen's Area 51 book suggests Stalin was supposedly prompted to embark upon the program that ultimately led to the Roswell legend - as part of an effort to provoke War of the Worlds-style hysteria in the U.S. population - it's intriguing to note that this additional Fortean issue actually involved Stalin meeting none other than the author of War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells, himself.
In my book 2009 book, Science Fiction Secrets, I included an entire chapter on the very weird 1920s saga of how Stalin - allegedly prompted by H.G. Wells' novel, The Island of Dr. Moreau - had utterly crazed plans to create an "army" of half-human/half-ape soldiers that would be near-unstoppable on the battlefield. Of course, all attempts to cross-breed apes and humans ended in complete disaster and failure. The secret project was quietly closed down.
However, what is not well known is the fact that H. G. Wells visited the Soviet Union in 1934, and, on July 23 of that year, actually met and personally interviewed Joseph Stalin. Constantine Oumansky, then head of Russia's Press Bureau of the Commissariat of Foreign Affairs, recorded the conversation, which lasted from 4:00 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.
As far as can be determined, the two men did not drift into a discussion of genetically-created, half-human super-apes; their exchange was largely focused upon the then-current state of the world from a purely economic perspective.
But, given that my Science Fiction Secrets book shows that Stalin met H.G. Wells - who wrote War of the Worlds (Orson Welles' 1938 radio-version of which provoked a degree of public hysteria in the United States), I have to wonder if this meeting might have had a bearing on Stalin's alleged attempt to scare the shit out of the United States via a faked UFO event; an event inspired by Wells' classic novel of alien invasion, if the scenario as provided to Annie Jacobsen is real, of course!