Editorial – July 2021: Everyone likes a mystery.

July 4, 2021 | By | Reply More

Everyone likes a mystery.

Seeing solution is even more satisfying.

Hello everyone

When I was young and I suspect the same was true for many of you, too, you read books about the Loch Ness’ creature, yeti and UFOs. There was a hope to join the dots and one day see them resolved with real undisputable evidence that something was there and take the fakes out of the equation, once you realised how many were muddying the peaty waters. Who would have thought some of these would be solved in our own lifetimes. I mean, we know there are at least three somethings in Loch Ness even though we’re not sure what they are and, unless they are something radically different, not enough for a breeding colony.

If anything, what is more significant is the science community is now taking these ‘mysteries’ a lot more seriously. The old establishment is gone and the current establishment is more akin to ourselves and want them solved. They want to know fake from truth and what is going on out there. That’s quite a radical change.

The fact that no one, country, military or security agency has stood up and said UFOs are all baloney or here’s the real evidence that it’s something they’ve been flying has become a lot more telling. Of course, some of them could be holding back until there’s fundamental evidence in front of the public but that would open a whole different bag of conspiracy worms or a fearful country that that thinks they can’t protect their people. Which actually is most if not all of them. When you consider abductions, you do have to wonder on that subject. There’s also a problem would any country want to admit they brought one down or even captured the occupants with a proper first contact?

With UFOs or UPAs, the decision matter is whether it’s a natural phenomenon or extra-terrestrial. Let’s take this in a different direction and address one of the problems with the latter. I doubt if they are flying from another planet here on a regular basis so they must be living either here on Earth or pretty close by. If the latter, manned (for want of a better word) or AI drone or a mix of both. Considering that such things can zoot off at over Mach 10, you do have to wonder what kind of creature can tolerate such quick accelerations or what science they employ unless they understand gravity better than ourselves. Likewise, if they can conceal their own presence most of the time, why let themselves be seen at all? Of course, they might not have stealth technology at all and those are just regular supply or research trips out but then you have to ask yourself from where? Concealing such craft and so much of our own planet unexplored leaves a lot of places. I did raise an eyebrow about being concealed underwater. After all, that came up in the 1989 film ‘The Abyss’ but I doubt, unless there are amphibious, they would be at such depths. If they are just co-habitors, popping up above different countries would also suggest more than one base. Then it goes back to population and if they are residents then they must be breeding but not too many. Even so, I doubt if they live on the Moon or off-planet. We spend too much time watching the Moon and considering when they do show themselves, a serious lack of stealth, then the same would apply to any space station.

There’s still a matter of what they are doing here? Science Fiction has addressed such problems. These range from being a scientific unit watching us evolve to a marooned colony just waiting for their people to pick them up. It could be a combination of all of them. They might just see us as a curio and something best to avoid much of the time. Of all of the many species on Earth, mankind has been here the shortest time and the only one to be truly sentient and whose to say how long we will last before our own extinction?

With Science Fiction, we’ve had various non-interference rules not to mess with the native species evolution and space-farers might well believe in that more than we do. After all, in most carnations of ‘Star Trek’, said Prime Directive gets frequently violated. One would think said species does a better job than we would do. The main thing, even with ‘Star Trek’ is waiting for a species to develop space travel and be sufficiently mature to accept that they aren’t alone in universe and tolerate an off-world sentient species. We might have a problem with the latter.

Mankind is starting to do better with space travel but poorly with interspecies racism. Things are changing but certainly not as much as we should by now. Like with our interest in mysteries, it might be a generation thing and we grow out of it as racists die out but we also need the third world countries more prosperous than they are. A balance between looking after ecology and that being a lot more tricky when you consider how the Amazon rain forests are being demolished.

Frankly, if I was doing a report card on humans right now, we really need to do really better and certainly become more integrated. Our first contact would otherwise be rather uncomfortable should the UFOs or UPAs be driven by sentients in conflict over non-interference and preserving the habitat.

Of course, UFOs could be a natural phenomenon. Even in our early history there has been references to odd things flying in the skies and I expect our ancestors knew the differences between comets, meteorites and something really odd whizzing past. Even so, when we start flying ourselves, we had the so-called ‘foo-fighters’ that accompanied allied aircraft during WW2. Obviously, they didn’t follow all aircraft but no one appears to have examined them for pattern areas so there’s no way to consider them as weather phenomenon.

As I’ve commented in the past, outside of the fakes and, considering the number of cameras around, you would think someone would have gotten a decent set of photos or footage by now. Fuzzy lights in the sky might not be enough for any real proof until the recent USAF footage and data. If they are extra-terrestrial, maybe that’s the amount of secrecy that is required.

Considering the number of times they buzz aircraft, there’s definitely an attraction to objects that fly. You would have to ask why? There’s even a playfulness about it when they catch a military aircraft’s attention and then speed of at Mach 10. Maybe they’re waiting for some aircraft to do a similar trick. Even our current drone technology can do that.

Going back to the top of this editorial, solving any of these mysteries in our lifetimes isn’t going to destroy their mystique. If anything, it’s going to present us with even more mysteries. It would certainly resolve one major one as to whether we are alone in the universe.

With UFOs or UAPs, it is a mystery that needs some resolution and within our technology to achieve. We can only hope our group psyche is up to understanding whatever it is.

Thank you, take care, good night and should we play the five tones any time soon, lets hope we understand the answer?

Geoff Willmetts

editor: www.SFCrowsnest.info


A Zen thought: Life needs safety rules. We’re too dangerous without them.

What Qualities Does A Geek Have: I can’t be the first one with a problem but I can certainly show at least one solution.

The Reveal: The difference between fantasy and Science Fiction is the latter allows you to see how the writer does his/her thinking.

The Reveal: Precognition never explains circumstances leading up to it.

Observation: Considering in ‘Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons’ how identifiable the Spectrum Captains are in their colour uniforms, you would have to ask why their also notable vehicles are so hidden around the various countries. Even so, although they are only seen specifically asking for SPVs, any bets that SPCs and such are also hidden in such places?

Observation: Looking at this picture from ‘Alien’, how did Dallas know to bring a tripod contraption so they could lower Kane into what became the egg chamber? It would hardly be the item needed to get into a spacecraft.

Observation: Diet is what you eat. It’s the change in foodstuffs, especially carbohydrates, that make you lose weight.

 Computer Observation: Something else I don’t like about MS Edge is a lack of Tab or being able to go back to a previous link. Why get rid of things that make sense in Internet Explorer?

 Recognising Aliens Amongst Us: Recognising aliens. Eyes mostly. They all appear to have circular irises that expand in darkness. I think I’m surrounded by aliens.

 Feeling Stressed: Situation normal.


I did think that having a lot of text about submitting material to SFCrowsnest would attract those with a compulsion to read and understand things the geek way. The main problem with the Internet is that it tends to encourage less reading, so time to take a different approach. The original notes will be left on July2009 editorial although the links aren’t likely to work.

With your cover email, tell me something about yourself so I don’t work in a vacuum. The boss in the tower, also called Stephen Hunt, describes me as a ‘Dutch Uncle’ in that I’m good with advice and can explain when I see something that is wrong. Egos should be left at the door as I’m only interested in your talent and how to improve it.


I always have a clarion call for new reviewers and if you have the yen to learn, you’ll quickly get the ropes if you’re never done it before but you must show me a sample, especially if you can follow my guidelines. We can usually get paper-based books in the UK but if you live abroad, then you might have to stick with ebooks. If you’ve picked a book we haven’t reviewed, then it stands a better chance of being used so use the SFC search engine to see first but I need to see how you would write for us.

The obvious qualification is a desire to read regularly and like to tell others about the book without giving away too many spoilers. The benefit is access to free books for the price of a review.

I want to give you the opportunity to get things right so look up the Review Guidelines link: https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/so-you-want-to-write-reviews-for-sfcrowsnest-what-you-need-to-know-by-geoff-willmetts/


Although we can’t pay for submissions, what we do make up for is exposure. Only the Sci-Fi Channel gets more hits than us so it’s worthwhile getting us on your writer’s CV. Please avoid samplings from book’s you might be writing or have had in print elsewhere as I do check. New original work is best and whether I accept or reject, you will be told of any problems I see so you look your best and a grammar check that is equal to the pro-world. Even the boss finds me scarily accurate.

Flash or One-Page Fiction:-

Speaks for itself. The shortest fiction possible is also the toughest to write as no word must be wasted.

Link here for details: https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/one-page-stories-or-flash-fiction-submissions-instructions-by-gf-willmetts/

Short Stories:-

The definition of a short story is anything up to 30 pages and then it becomes a novella. Bear in mind you want other people to read it on-line, stay somewhere between 5-20 pages. At least digitally, you don’t have to go double-line as HTML will do that automatically but think about being concise. If you want to send an attachment with these, then ask first and send as a TXT file as it removes most tetchy virus codes.

Look up the Short Stories Link by linking here: https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/so-you-really-want-to-write-an-sf-story-an-update-by-gf-willmetts/


The worse problem I see any samples is poor grammar. Although I don’t want you to think I seek perfection, the less work I have to do, the easier it is to focus on other problems you might have. It will also serve you in good stead if you ever approach paper-based publishers because they will send back any bad grammar samples because it’s not worth their time.

Good grammar is the tool of any writer. Don’t just depend on what you remember doing at school. There are plenty of decent grammar books out there, so remind yourself of the rules. If you think there are far too many to remember, get the major ones right before moving to the next so it becomes second nature.

This link, www.sfcrowsnest.info/the-guide-to-better-grammar-from-the-harrowed-hand-of-gf-willmetts/ will show you the common problems.

To submit, use our email address by joining the spaces as shown here: letters @ SFcrowsnest.info and use the subject matter as to what you’re submitting.

If you have any pastimes that can be used to pass the time in captivity, let me know and we’ll see if it can be turned into an article.

Comments directly to reviews should still work as before.

Good luck


Category: Offworld Report

About the Author ()

Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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