Wednesday 9 September 2020

Not Alone by Craig A Falconer

I've noticed that in literature different writers often come up with the same ideas at the same time independently. The publisher and authors' coach Jane Dorner calls it "something morphic in the air." Maybe it is the Jungian collective unconscious and the hundredth monkey effect. It's a serious question because it has led to many false allegations of plagiarism. After I published Roswell Rising, the "recovering woo" or "woo-lite" Paul Armstrong made a big song and dance about a previously available book that he thought might have been somebody "getting in there first!" with my particular brand of exopolitical fiction, see: As it turns out, Morrison's book is a very different story indeed to my own. However, I have since come across another novel that is far more similar to the Roswell trilogy, although it still has significant differences. What's more, intriguingly, it was published in December 2015, just seven months before Rising, which means that its author and I must have been working on our respective novels at the same time; even though we have had no contact at all and I had not even heard of him until a few months ago. The book is called Not Alone by Craig A Falconer, see: Like my own story, Falconer has developed it into a trilogy. The author is Scottish, but the setting is primarily in the USA and most of the characters are American. It takes place in the present day and the principle protagonist is called Dan McCarthy. He is somebody very like myself, a UFO and conspiracy enthusiast with a fertile imagination and a fixation on exopolitics. He is an avid follower of a celebrity called Billy Kendrick who is kind of a combination of Stephen Bassett, Dr Steven Greer and Richard Dolan with a dash of Graham Hancock. Dan inadvertently finds himself hands on in a devastating UFO leak when some classified government documents fall into his hands proving the existence of certified extraterrestrial artefacts. He decides to circulate them immediately online and they go viral leading to a massive political scandal that results in capital D Disclosure. The drama during the build-up to the Disclosure moment is very well achieved and in fact is a part of the book's very structure; the chapters are a written countdown, named "D-minus" and "D-plus" with a number depending on where they are before or after Disclosure. The tense atmosphere of apocalypse is very tangible; see here for details: There is also the amusing element that some politicians not briefed into the UFO Truth Embargo put their foot in it by promoting the leak as a distraction from other more down-to-earth scandals. The descriptions of people's reaction with cultural and media features are plausible; and all tailored to the early 21st century, with memes, Twitterstorms and hashtags. The plot undergoes radical and unexpected twists. A more serious piece of speculation is that other politicians who are in the know with the ET cover-up use the threat of alien invasion as an excuse to manipulate public opinion. This is something that has long been anticipated by thinkers in the field, including myself; for example see: I was really gripped and fascinated by Not Alone and look forward to reading its two sequels. If you've enjoyed my Roswell books you might well enjoy Not Alone, or indeed vice versa; but that is not guaranteed. Falconer's novel and my own diverge considerably in plot, style and theme. Then again, if you're into UFO's you'll probably get something out of both, one way or another. The synchronicity in our two outputs does make me wonder about the universe and how it works. There may or may not be some kind of super-conscious informational and creative reservoir that different minds can tap into; but if such a thing does exist, it would explain so much. I also wonder if both Falconer and I aren't a bit precognisant seeing at what happened in December 2017 with the AATIP and TTSA saga. Then again, it could all just be a huge coincidence...

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