THE SEVEN MILLION COPY BESTSELLER The groundbreaking classic that introduced the theory that ancient Earth established contact with aliens. Erich von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance– the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth had been visited . Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance— the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient.

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If you were alive in the s and had any level of interest in the pervasive culture of UFOsthen you totally owned a chariors paperback copy of Erich von Daniken’s ancient astronaut expose, Chariots vaniken the Gods?

First published inthe pioneering book ignited a worldwide craze for flying saucers, crop circles, extraterrestrial abductions, and ufology that slingshotted into the Swingin’ ’70s. No self-respecting stargazer or sci-fi conventioneer was without this bible of the bizarre, which postulated that our planet had been a stopover point thousands of years ago for interstellar visitors who shared futuristic technology with ancient civilizations. Von Daniken theorized that many of Earth’s most amazing structures and landmarks like the Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge, the Moai of Easter Island, the Nazca lines in Peru, and cart-ruts in Malta and Australia had been influenced or utilized by these benevolent beings from beyond.

He also hypothesized that artwork throughout the world could be interpreted as depicting helmeted astronauts, fantastic air and space adniken, intricate spaceports, and complex gosd far outside any known human technologies of the time.

The Swiss author went on to write another 32 sequels and companion novels on the spacey subject selling a staggering 63 million copies and his works have spawned multiple documentaries, Fhariots films, video games, and TV shows — most notably the Ancient Aliens series on the History Channel. Check out SYFY WIRE’s exclusive interview below with von Daniken, who makes his home in Switzerland, discussing the current state of ufology, how modern archaeologists and historians have debunked some of his groundbreaking theories, and what he hopes new generations of readers will take from his monumental book.


How do you see the status of UFO culture today as opposed to its peak danikeen in the ’70s and ’80s?

The spirit of time has changed. Although UFOs are for many persons something which does not exist and has to be ridiculed, many famous persons around the world accept the facts of UFO and vkn say this in public.

With science fiction so popular in entertainment offerings, how does Chariots of the Gods fit into the scene today?

Dabiken from Ridley Scott is a Chariots of the Gods theme. So are many other science fiction series, like for example Stargate from Roland Emmerich. Unfortunately I never had the chance to meet Leonard Nimoy.

It mostly has to do with my books. I am — so to say — the godfather of the series. Giorgio Tsoukalos who presents the series brilliantly has grown up with my knowledge and was my student.

We bods very good friends. What are some of your favorite alien invasion or extraterrestrial abduction movies or TV shows? The best movie in this connection is definitely and A Space Odyssey by Arthur C.

What do you hope a new generation of readers might absorb wrich understand from Chariots of the Gods? They will realize, pf humanity was never alone and that we are the offsprings of an extraterrestrial space family.


And, of course, in the future it will be absolutely clear that the reason for so many religions comes from the deep past and has to do with extra-terrestrials. Have you changed any of your theories or positions on ancient astronauts and extraterrestrial visitors since Chariots was published?

The general theory is in the meantime absolutely confirmed and provable. On the other hand, there were some mistakes in my earlier books. This is the normal way in scientific works.

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How do you hope the book will be remembered today, and another 50 years from now for its th anniversary? Of course, I hope, to be not completely forgotten. Skip to main content. Chariots of the Gods? By submitting your information, you agree to our Chriots Policy and Terms and Conditions.

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