The Velikovsky Heresies by Laird Scranton

The Velikovsky Heresies by Laird Scranton

Two of the first books I ever read on alternative history were Immanuel Velikovsky’s ‘Worlds in Collision’ (1950) and his follow-up Ages in Chaos (1952). I still recall the thrill of excitement that I felt reading the challenging astronomical ideas his books presented. In a time when information was strictly disseminated by a tightly-controlled scientific and religious order, Velikovsky’s ideas were a breath of fresh air. Then, despite the publication of other titles, such as ‘Earth in Upheaval’ and ‘Peoples of the Sea’, interest in Velikovsky—a man whom Carl Sagan described…

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