Its official, The government has finally stated that Area 51 exists after all! The Washington Post reported yesterday that after all these years of speculation and wild reports, Area 51 is a real place. What a stunning piece of stating the obvious! Now the government isn’t admitting that those buildings are full of aliens or spaceships of any kind. Nope, just saying that hey, those really were
the droids you were looking for inside those miles of barbed wire, high security fencing and soldiers. No one knows what prompted this admission after all these years of denial but it is sure to make those believers of UFO’s, conspiracy theorists, and other diehard visionaries of the unknown to press for more information, a fuller disclosure of exactly what is contained within those buildings the government has hidden away for such a long time.
I hope it’s aliens or spaceships or something wonderful. Wouldn’t it be great for all those movies from Independence Day to 51 to be right? Can the X Files Mulder and Scully be finally allowed that the truth really is out there? Can you imagine the pressure to finally let people inside the gates of that most hallowed UFO ground? I would love to be there just to people watch. It would be fantastic!
Of course, there is also a more serious downside to this article too. That of the soldiers and workers stationed within Area 51 who have been reporting for years that the place has made them ill, most of them tragically so. And all the while they have been getting sick, they have also been unable to tell people where they worked or what they were working on. Still can’t. What happens to them? Government is not addressing that matter either.
I have to admit part of me never wants to see those gates opened to the public. I love the mystery of it, the imaginations that have been set loose over the years by just the thought of the enigma that Area 51 represents. I fear the actuality is far more mundane…like weapons from the Cold War or something similar. I want there always to exist something unknown, something to pull us in, make us think or dream or even fear. Something that pulls us out of ourselves and into the bigger picture. Is that so bad?
For now the question is moot. The government has no intension of saying anything further about the matter. While Area 51 finally exists (duh), as far as the government is concerned that’s it. Just a sign, folks, ignore the men with the guns beside it. These are not the droids you are looking for. Well, you know what they say…..once the alien is out of the spaceship, its hard to cram them back in. Just ask Orson Wells…..
Now on to the week ahead in reviews. It is quite the mixed bag. I am starting the week off with a book that by all accounts should be a must read for all writing classes and workshops as an example of how not to write a story. From schizophrenic writing styles (more than one actually in one book) to awful characterizations, dialog that makes one cringe and an ending that just stops, well it has it all, just not in a good way. Read the review just for the excerpts. Remarkable actually when I think about it. Then I am starting on the second group of stories from the Pulp Friction authors, this time Lee Brazil and the Chances Are series, They are really good, I think you will love them. I am also working on another mini rant, this time called The Case of the Missing Aha Moment. I hope to have that one for you by Saturday. If not, it will slide into next week and I will substitute a review on Saturday instead.
Monday, Aug. 19: Aching For It by Stanley Bennett Clay
Tuesday, Aug. 20: Chances Are by Lee Brazil
Wednesday, Aug. 21: Second Chances Are by Lee Brazil
Thursday, Aug. 22: Subtle Innuendos by Z. Allora
Friday, Aug. 23: Burden by Annmarie McKenna
Saturday, Aug. 24:
The Case of the Missing Aha Moment – a Scattered Thoughts mini rant on writing postponed
The Queen’s Librarian by Carole Cummings