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email@example.com from Jerusalem, 09/09/97, rating=7: Worth reading in spite of the plot
The Hab Theory is based on the struggle of a real-life
electrical engineer named Hugh Anchluss Brown, who
died in the mid 1960s. Fifty years before his death he
formulated a revolutionary, terrifying theory that would
explain, among many other things, the flash-frozen wooley
mammoths, Egypt's ancient, inland freshwater sea, and the
discovery of a human sandal buried in a European coal
After spending the following 40 years trying to disprove his
own work -- and only finding more supporting evidence -- the
hapless Brown tried to publish his findings as a warning
to the world, without success.
When he died, Brown left over 200,000 pages of notes to
his daughter, who invited Allan W. Eckert to work the research
into a science-fiction plot. While managing to incorporate
hundreds of Brown's findings into the book (it is this massive body of
supporting evidence that makes the novel worth reading),
Eckert did nobody a service by adding a shmaltzy, poorly
told love story to the reality-based tale of an aged
engineer desperate to be heard by a sceptical scientific
This book becomes especially significant in
light of discoveries made since Brown's death --
discoveries that remove the "irremovable" barriers
which scientific dogma had put in his path while he lived.
firstname.lastname@example.org, 04/08/97, rating=10: Did our advanced human civilization really develop in just 5000 years? An educated man develops an interesting theory, and
collects evidence that would support it. However the theory
is totally outside of his discipline. And so he, and his
theory, are ignored.
His theory: Humans have built several advanced
civilizations on earth over the last 50,000 years, but they
seem to dissapear... every 5000-7000 years; and another
near-extinction is overdue.
Think you've read that one before? OK, but read on.....
"The HAB Theory" presents a ton of real facts
nobody can explain, and poses a theory that tie them
together. He suggests that 97% of humans on earth will die
Sample: A map of __Antartica__ dated to around 1500 BC
shows the mountains, canyons and coastline of the ice
continent in detail and with extreme accuracy. Today we
could produce such a map easily, but only by using ground
(ice) penetrating radar attached to a sattelite in low earth
orbit. How was that done over 3,400 years ago?
Why do the pyramids in Central and South America prominently
feature statues of animals from Africa, that are never seen
in the Americas?
I first read a borrowed copy of this book in 1979. Nobody who has read
this book can seem to forget it.
As I write this, all reviewers so far give it a 10. I'll bet that continues.
email@example.com, 04/02/97, rating=10: Gripping story of possible global disaster
Story opens with an assassination attempt on the president
of the U.S. Immediately one is drawn into the story and
it's a "thrill" ride all the way.
This is one of
the few books I ever read that has remained in my memory -
even the ending (which I often don't retain). (Psychiatrists
would have a time with that one!) The story is based on
fact and the scientific background is absorbing without
being full of "sciencespeak." The possibility of
the impending disaster is all too real. This is truly one
you don't put down!
firstname.lastname@example.org, 03/04/97, rating=10: Compelling tale of global disaster based on science and
fact Bigger than Asteroid or an alien invasion.
A scientist fakes an assignation attempt on the president to
get his story out of an impending global disaster which has
occurred many times in the past, including the one that
caused the end of the dinosaurs. The scientific community
won't listen to the evidence.
This could be the end of the
human race. Based on true science and fact. Time is running