Interpretations of an Alien Star Map
by William McBride
you a bit confused when you look up into the night sky, wondering what it
is you are looking at? Sure, you may know the Big Dipper or even the
constellation Orion when it is visible during the winter months. But what
of the rest of the night sky?
William McBride has written an interesting work titled Interpretations of
an Alien Star Map (©2005). The basis for the book is the star map which
Betty Hill drew after her and Barney’s alien abduction back in 1961.
Whether you are an avid UFO follower or a total skeptic, Interpretations
will not only enlighten you, but give you a few things to consider. As is
my usual approach to any new book I read, especially one that is dealing
with an older topic like Betty and Barney Hill (their story has been in
the UFO circle for longer than many UFO buffs have been alive), I tried
not to let any preconceived notions cloud my reading. I wanted to see what
the book had to say, and how it was going to approach a topic that has
been beaten up quite a bit in UFO literature.
To begin with, McBride gives a concise overview of the Hill event of 1961.
A nice refresher for someone who is not inclined to re-read John G.
Fuller’s book The Interrupted Journey. But this is only the beginning. We
are then treated to a brief, but fairly thorough lesson in basic star
gazing, in the chapter titled "Astronomy 101." I am not an amateur
astronomer by any stretch of the imagination, although I thought I had a
pretty good handle on what I was looking at when I looked at the night
sky. Not so. McBride taught me quite a bit in this chapter, and if one is
not interested in reading a book because of the UFO "thing," then I
suggest reading it for the astronomy lesson you will be given.
After your night sky overview, the reader is then treated to the
interpretations of the star map that Betty Hill was able to recall after
being given a post-hypnotic suggestion. The many interpretations are given
their fair allotment, those of Marjorie Fish (sun-like stars being the
focus), James Randi (constellations Leo and Cancer or just about any
constellation), Charles Atterberg (limited to stars close to our sun),
Joachim Koch and Hans-Juergen Kyborg (Jupiter, Saturn, and asteroids),
until McBride has his say. This is not the place to go into what McBride’s
interpretation may be. One will have to read the book to get to that.
And if you are at all interested in the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx,
well, so is McBride, and he goes into some of his opinions on this topic
toward the end of the book. I must say that when I read his section on the
possible Egypt connection and his reaction to Robert Bauval and Graham
Hancock, I knew I found an author whose thinking is not much different
from my own.
Notwithstanding my fascination with McBrides’ subject matter, I was very
impressed with McBride’s presentation, and encourage anyone to give it a
read, whether from a UFO perspective or as a learning experience for what
one is observing when looking up on a clear night.
As McBride, himself, states toward the end of his book:
"With every new theory, there will always be some critics and skeptics who
do not accept it and offer opposing views. Various astronomers refute the
work of Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock. E.C. Krupp and others say that
the Sphinx should be on the other side of the Nile. Leo faces the Milky
Way in the night sky and the Sphinx faces the Nile on the ground. The
skeptics say the belt stars in Orion are upside down and don’t match the
Giza pyramids now and wouldn’t have in 10,500 BC. Mr. Bauval now gives the
date of 11,500 BC for the structure’s construction. The cynics say that
Virgo, not Leo, appeared at the vernal equinox in 10,500 BC. It is up to
the reader to decide who is right in this debate."
Indeed, it is up to the readers, that is those with inquiring minds and
seekers of truth, to gather as much information as they can and reach
their own conclusions. McBride certainly gives us plenty to chew on in his
book. Interpretations certainly deserves a place on an UFO bookshelf.