The Zarkon Principle: Can Man Become a God?
Published by Everest Books Ltd., 4 Valentine Place, London First Edition 1974
One of the most mysterious books I remember reading as a boy was a 1974 pseudoscience classic The Zarkon Principle, that deals with, well, conspiracy theories, the illuminati, higher dimensions and the “science” behind them. I also recall enjoying the beautiful quotes and literary references given at the start of each chapter, such as Albert Einstein‘s famous quote:
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead, his eyes are closed.”
The book’s author, an enigmatic mystery man called Zarkon (who else?), then gives us his insights into a wide range of fields including the history of astronomy, alchemy, freemasonry, and theosophy, whilst exploring some of the mysteries which have puzzled mankind throughout the ages (pyramids, stonehenge, etc). Zarkon even treats us to an alternate take on the lives of Jesus Christ, Aleister Crowley, and even Adolph Hitler, before finally giving us his prediction on mankinds ultimate fate/destiny.
Much like Eric von Danikens masterwork Chariots of the Gods: Was God An Astronaut? (1968), nowdays The Zarkon Principle is considered part of a large bibliography of pseudoscience literature which were popularized in the latter half of the 20th century. Nevertheless, it still makes entertaining reading for anyone interested in offbeat ideas involving ‘ancient spacemen’ and it does continue to hold some good sci-fi value.
It is telling, for example, that over the years tales of alien astronauts passing on technologies and religions to ancient civilizations continue to be popular plot devices in many science fiction movies, including 2001, Battlestar Galactica, The Thing, Predator vs Aliens, Prometheus, and Transformers, to name a few.
Despite his other worldly name, Zarkon was actually Kenneth Rayner Johnson, an author whose other works include “Zoltan, Hound of Dracula” (1977), and “The Fulcanelli Phenomenon: Story of a Twentieth Century Alchemist” (1980). Interestingly, Johnson’s true identity was revealed in 1996 after he released a revised version of his book entitled Armageddon 2000, in anticipation of his Zarkon predictions coming true in the year 2000 (they did not).