‘ALIEN INTERVIEW’ by Lawrence Spencer
Unfortunately, this book is a hoax. This is definitive.
Lawrence Spencer is careful (presumably for legal reasons) to offer the written disclaimer that ‘Alien Interview‘. should be regarded as a work of fiction, but it does the UFO community (and the Scientology community – see below) no favors when Spencer maintained on subsequent radio talk shows, some with sizable audiences, that the purported “interview” really happened. It did not.
Conveniently, the claimed source, “Matilda MacElroy” is “deceased” – and Spencer “destroyed all the original documentation”. So we’ll just have to take his word for it… and his word, publicly stated, is that he is portraying real events. Sadly, his word is not very honorable, and he is lying. I don’t often deploy that unpleasant word, but here its use is accurate and fair.
Any Scientologist with any experience will instantly recognize the very large number of terms and concepts directly borrowed from (and sourced by) L. Ron Hubbard.
These are literally too numerous to list, starting right at the start with “doll bodies”, “what’s true is what’s true for you”, “If you were looking for Hell, the Earth would suffice”, liberal use of the term “Space Opera”, the concept that the Earth is a prison planet, and much, much, much else. Find any friendly Scientologist and they will be pleased and intrigued to go through the book line by line with you. There’s a smoking gun on almost every page.
Spencer has maybe made an unfortunate judgment, and written an interesting work of fiction (and don’t get me wrong here: many of the metaphysical concepts, formulated by Hubbard, may be valuable and have a great deal of truth to them) – but has then fallen into the trap of using his idea of journalistic license to portray the concepts in the framework of a “true story”.
This does not help genuine UFO research one iota, and further confuses the complex Roswell issue – in which real, elderly witnesses, with great courage at the end of their lives, have come forward to tell their very real stories. Spencer discredits and dishonors these fine people by what he has done. This is my issue.
Almost as an afternote: there are many other problems with the book – many of which are already cited by other reviewers. Use of the terms “carbon dating”, “computer”, “database”, “alien” (the Roswell survivor was called an EBE, or Extraterrestrial Biological Entity), MacElroy being a “Senior Master Sergeant” – and more – are all anachronisms: the words or terms did not exist in 1947, and show clearly that this is recent writing. The date stamp is also wrong: the author uses the English notation of 9.7.1947 for 9 July 1947… a little slip, written by Spencer, who although American is very familiar with England.
Lastly, consider what the alien’s name (‘AIRL’) is an anagram of.
The final nail in the coffin is this e-mail, written by Spencer himself in 2000:
From: Lawrence Spencer
Sent: 07 November 2000 02:12
To: Graham Hancock
Subject: Your victory
Congratulations to you and Robert on your victory regarding the BBC attack! Well Done! I commend you on your courage and persistence.
I am the author of “The Oz Factors” (I sent both yourself and Robert a copy of my book last spring), so I certainly do have some first hand knowledge how the mainstream academic vested interests operate to suppress the truth. My book discusses this subject as one of the 12 ”Oz Factors” which prevent our civilization from discovering answers to the mysteries of our existence.
I have been a Scientologist for 31 years. A good deal of my book is an application of the principles of L. Ron Hubbard as regards the fields of study into which you and Robert have so bravely advanced. Perhaps the material in my book will be of assistance to you at some point in your research.
Keep up the good fight!
Very Best Regards,
Lawrence R. Spencer
author of “The Oz Factors”
Read this book as the metaphysically fascinating work of fiction that it is. Spencer’s post-publication behavior, however, elevates this “fiction” to the level of a dishonorable hoax, for which he should be ashamed. He could have handled this much, much better.
I’m a UFO researcher myself. If you want the truth, there are many other places to find it. And if Spencer wants to contact me, he can through Project Avalon or Project Camelot (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I’d be interested to know privately what possessed him to go so far and to paint himself into such a corner, from which escape is now almost impossible without him continuing to deceive his readers.