Early in my youth, I was fascinated by UFOs and alien visitors. In grade 3 and grade 4, I would often believe that I was seeing unidentified objects in the sky (of which the majority were probably terrestrial aircraft, and one may have been a blimp, which I would’ve been less familiar with), and every few nights or so, I’d have frightening nightmares about UFOs landing in my yard, or making people “fall asleep” right where they were standing (like in so many UFO reports).
These were simply nightmares, and not repressed memories or anything of that ilk. I studied just about everything I could on the subject and wrote childish science-fiction stories about it.
As I got older, however, UFOs started to lose their charm. As I read more “not for children” accounts, UFOs changed from being strange sights in the sky to grey-skinned, big-eyed, sinister aliens, whose sole purpose seemed to be to abduct humans for bizarre sexual experiments. A skepticism that I never knew I had suddenly asserted itself.
I stopped reading about UFOs and alien abductions. Curious visitors from another planet seemed plausible to me, but not this shadow government, human-alien hybrid stuff. It just didn’t make any sense.
Later on (around the time I was thirteen), I was watching a made-for-TV movie (I can’t recall the title or the actors in it), about women who had been abducted and experimented upon all their lives only to have recalled during a hypnosis session. The non-believing psychiatrist examining them turns to a believer, based on the evidence they uncover.
Back then, the movie seemed very scary, but it inspired in me a new way of thinking. At the end of the movie, the psychiatrist and his girlfriend (one of the abductees) are discussing the alien abductions and the human-alien hybrid experiments, and asks (I’m paraphrasing here) “Why are they trying to create a new race?” To which the psychiatrist replies, “Who knows? Maybe to save an old one.”
Obviously, the “old race” the psychiatrist referred to was the “ancient” alien race in the movie. But I thought about his last statement, and came up with an idea totally revolutionary to anything I had ever heard about: What if “aliens” were really time travelling humans from the future? Amazingly, though I was sure that I couldn’t have been the only person to postulate the time travelling human hypothesis, several years passed before I was aware that others had similar ideas.
There is only one book that I’ve personally read (and own) that mirrors my suggestion: J. H. Brennan’s Time Travel: A New Perspective. For all the UFO books that I’ve read (and I’ve read quite a few, though definitely not all), I don’t recall any author ever entertaining this notion.
For the last eight years, I’ve tried to sift through all my knowledge on UFOs, and the minimal knowledge that I have of the physics of time travel, to support my hypothesis, and cast doubt on the extraterrestrial hypothesis.
And, over the years, I’ve come up with some interesting conclusions.
One of the main reasons cited against extraterrestrial involvement is the extreme distances they would have to cross in a reasonable amount of time. If “aliens” are time travelers, then no distance to cross is required.
The counter-argument to that is “if the universe is expanding, the position of the earth in the universe in 1999 is going to be greatly different than its position in 2004. Thus, time travelers would find themselves millions of miles off course”.
My response to that would be in the form of an analogy. Take a balloon, and imagine that it represents the universe, and the surface is the fabric of space and time. Make a dot on the balloon. This dot represents a particular point in space at a certain time (say the present). Now inflate the balloon (if the universe is expanding, you’ve just moved into the future). Not only does the mark stretch a bit; it also changes position in three-dimensional space. However, since the entire balloon stretched the same amount, that mark still refers to the exact same point on the balloon as when it was deflated.
Thus, a point in space is the exact same point in different times, even if the universe expands.
If the time travelers are using wormholes fixed in space but not in time, and the wormhole is anchored to a position in space a few miles away from the moon, then, whatever time they go to, they will always be the same distance from the moon (provided the moon hasn’t changed its position in the universe).
What about all the sightings of UFOs that are either (a) in space, or (b), appearing to fly off into space? I can give a couple of reasons as to why time travelers would want to do this.
Firstly, there aren’t enough people in space to witness their appearance and disappearance on a regular basis, thus allowing them to arrive and vanish undetected.
Secondly, their method of travel may employ a wormhole (which I am in favor of), and they may not wish to draw portions of our atmosphere with them to their time (for reasons concerning contamination).
And thirdly, I’m probably not up to date on all the advancements concerning our theoretical understanding of wormholes and black holes, but I’ve never read anything stating that wormholes couldn’t have gravitational pull, similar to a black hole. It may be a physical requirement (or simply, for safety’s sake), to only open wormholes in a vacuum, space being the most convenient for time travel.
Opening one on earth or in its atmosphere may cause problems.