I was in a bookstore and was just flipping through a bargain book of weird happenings. One entry, only a couple of paragraphs long, caught my
interest because I had never heard of it before.
The basic blurb was that in 1957, an unknown satellite was detected shadowing the Sputnik I craft. It was in a polar orbit, something that neither
the Americans or Soviets were capable of at the time. There was a statement that ham radio operaters pickd up radio transmissions that were
"decoded" (whatever that means) as being a star map that indicated the craft originated from Epsilon Bootes 13,000 years before. This object was
dubbed "The Black Knight."
Also in this blurb, there was mention that science fiction author Philip K. Dick believed that he was in contact with this object, which he wrote
several novels about, and gave it various names (VALIS, Zebra).
So obviously intrigued, I did some searching on ATS and found no mention of it. Google had a few returns which indicated this story was first written
about in John Keel's "Disneyland of the Gods." The effort is hampered because there are several legit satellite projects codenamed "Black
The information of Dick's experiences and writings indicated he received visions, and seemed to interperet the experience and object in somewhat
Christian religious terms, in addition to strange communications and diagrams he couldn't interperet. He eventually became paranoid Russian
scientists were attempting to control the satellite. A science fiction writer infamous for his heavy drug use eventually living out a sci-fi story...
seems to me just as likely that it was just his lifestyle catching up to him than any ET communication. But who knows.
In my searching, I also discovered a very close story from 1927, 30 years earlier. It involves the phenomena of Long Delayed Echoes. Essentially,
these are radio transmissions that are reflected back, apparently from space, seconds to minutes after they are first sent. There doesn't seem to be
any rhyme or reason to it. It could be atmospheric effects just making it appear as if the transmissions are coming from space, or it could ben an
alien craft attempting to communicate with us. Logically, it would send back transmissions it recieved from Earth because it could be almost positive
that we could receive it. Anyway, the story is that Norwegian scientists received strange radio "echoes" in 1927-28. In the 1970's Scottish
astronomer Duncan Lunan interpereted the delayed transmission as a star map... of Epsilon Bootis. Whether these are two instances of the same stragne
transmissions, or one story is a retelling of the other is unknown to me. It wouldn't be the first time the same ideas were repackaged and attempted
to be passed off as a "new" anomalous story.
Anyway, I made this thread just to get the story out there, and to ask if anybody has any additional information regarding it. Below are links to
everything pertinent I could find on the internet, and most are just retellings of the same story in different forms.
The Black Knight from Space
- Inspiration for the title and a good overview.
Mystery of the Alien Satellite
- The 1927 story.
Alien Artifacts in the Solar System
- Article detaling several strange
incidents, including the one above. Also discusses theoretical Bracewell Probes.
ASTRA and SETI
- Introduction by Duncan Lunan, as far as I can tell originator of the
Epsilon Bootis inteperetation.
ET Radio Signals
- More info on the 1927-28 events.
- OVerview of Philip K. Dick's involvement in the affair.
Edits are spelling cleanup
[edit on 7-21-2007 by Esoterica]