Friday, October 25, 2019


So, this week, another post in the category of truth is stranger than (science) fiction.
UFOlogists have been telling us for decades that samples of materials taken from crashed alien spaceships exist here on Earth and that governments are using them to “reverse engineer” our own futuristic technologies.

Now comes the proof—or something very close to it. According to Tom McCay in a post on, Blink 182’s Tom DeLonge’s To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences (TTSA) just contracted with the U.S. Army to investigate materials in its possession that are supposedly of otherworldly origin. The object of the agreement between the two organizations, called a “Cooperative Research and Development Agreement,” which is something less than a formal long-term production contract and more than a handshake, is to examine the materials for their potential use for, well, I’ll just let the Army speak for themselves, otherwise you might not believe me. The CRADA is established to:

Perform assessments, testing, and characterization of Collaborator-provided technologies. The Government is interested in a variety of the Collaborator’s technologies, such as, but not limited to inertial mass reduction, mechanical/structural metamaterials, electromagnetic metamaterial wave guides, quantum physics, quantum communications, and beamed energy propulsion.”

Some of this stuff I just don’t have the brain to interpret. But “inertial mass reduction”? Honey, I shrunk the soldiers? Cloaking technology? “Quantum physics”? That could be anything from a transporter to a warp drive. “Quantum communications”? How else do you communicate across the vastness of space? And “beamed energy propulsion?  Let’s hope they mean warp drive and not some kind of weapon.

Alien metamaterial--or just a piece of slag?
 All these wild notions are based on the possibility that the materials TTSA possesses (the UFO research organization calls them “meta-materials”) are actually not composed of isotopes of elements found on Earth. Some professional debunkers have claimed  the photos of the materials TTSA has posted on Instagram are nothing but common industrial slag. Presumably, however, TTSA, whose members include former Lockheed Martin Skunk Works exec Steve Justice and former Department of Defense Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) official Luis Elizondo, would have conducted its own tests to rule out that probability. And the mystery is intriguing enough to have attracted the attention of the U.S. military.

That in itself, of course, is not always a guarantee of research validity. As one commenter pointed out in response to the Gizmodo post, the CIA spent lots of taxpayer money futilely trying to prove that humans could view the battlefield remotely with their minds. As he reminded us, The Men Who Stare at Goats was nonfiction, after all.

Cheers, Donna

1 comment:

  1. Whoa! I mean WHOA! That's completely eye-opening, but I do hope they completely understand how safe this material is and any side effects of testing it before they go poking the dragon.

    When I read "inertial mass reduction" it immediately made me think along the lines of nulling mass differences when generating artificial gravity. It's something I researched and touched on briefly in The Outer Planets. (The theory being that artificial gravity would not behave like good ol' natural Earth-generated gravity on body mass and crew members would have some major adjustment to these differences.) Quantum communications is exciting. Are they talking spontaneous communication across vast distances via entangled particles? I've used this as a fictional technology, too.

    Pretty exciting stuff for SF/R writers!


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