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Many ancient myths from around the world tell of catastrophic destruction by fire and flood. These ubiquitous legends are so extreme that they are ­often dismissed as imaginative exaggerations. In Earth Under Fire, Paul LaViolette connects these “myths” to recent scientific findings in astronomy, geology, and archaeology to reconstruct the details of prehistoric global ­disasters and to explain how similar tragedies could recur in the near future.

Compelled by his decryption of an ancient warning hidden in zodiac constellation lore, LaViolette worked with information from many scientific sources, including astronomical observations, polar ice core measurements, and other geological data, to confirm that our Galaxy’s core exploded near the end of the last ice age. This explosion unleashed a barrage of cosmic rays and enveloped the solar system in a dense nebula, which led to periods of persistent darkness, frigid cold, severe solar storms, searing heat, and mountainous floods that plagued mankind for many generations. Linking his scientific findings to details preserved in the myths and monuments of ancient civilizations, he demonstrates how past civilizations accurately recorded the causes of these cataclysmic events, knowledge of which may be crucial for the human race to survive the next catastrophic superwave cycle. This information reveals the intelligence and ingenuity of our ancestors who, when faced with extinction, found the means to warn us that the apocalypse that destroyed them could occur once again.

PAUL A. LAVIOLETTE, PH.D., is president of the Starburst Foundation, an interdisciplinary research institute, and holds degrees in both systems science and physics. The author of Genesis of the Cosmos and Subquantum Kinetics, he lives in New York.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bear & Company; First Printing edition (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591430526
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591430520
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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By Mark H. Gaffney on March 14, 2006
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One hardly knows where to begin to review a book of this kind. It's a tour de force that leaves one speechless. I had already read LaViolette's Genesis of the Cosmos -- which in my view was the biggest breakthrough in Egyptology since Champollion deciphered the Rosetta stone. In it LaViolette essentially decoded the ancient Egyptian religion. He showed that it was anything but a primitive pagan cult. It was rather a kind of time capsule: based on a physics so advanced that it was not until the 1970s that our modern science progressed enough to decipher it. The implication of course is that a remote culture with an advanced physics had to be a high civilization. OK. So what happened to it?

The author answers the question in Earth Under FIre. Understand, LaViolette didn't crank out this book in a year or even two. He's been working on this superwave theory for probably 30+ years. In a nutshell he's proposing that the galactic center periodically goes into a violent phase and releases vast amounts of cosmic radiation. Which spreads out across the galaxy triggering supernovae events and God only knows what all else. When the superwave reaches our solar system it encounters our sun's dust/gas nebular cloud which is far out beyond Pluto -- and it pushes lots of dust into our solar system. With results that are catastrophic for our planet.

The author does a fine job presenting his case. He has gathered reams of evidence -- and while I personally take issue with several points these are peripheral to his main argument. Indeed, I was tremendously impressed with the author's science acumen, his skill as a communicator, his eloquence in marshaling the evidence, and with the argument itself. I came away convinced.
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Astrophysicist Dr. Paul LaViolette holds a few basic premises which are thoroughly detailed in "Earth Under Fire." The main one is that the black hole at the center of all spiral galaxies, including ours, has an active phase in which matter and energy are spewed out, possibly for a few hundred years - roughly every ten to fifteen thousand years. (I comment extensively on this in two of my own recent books: End Times and 2019: The End of the Mayan Calendar and the Countdown to Judgment Day and Antichrist 2016-2019: Mystery Babylon, Barack Obama & the Islamic Caliphate)

The second main idea is that this is tied to his theory of subquantum kinetics, whereby all 3D matter is created from fluctuations in the building blocks of matter that exist in a 4D plane of ether. As the book says on page 50 "Some astronomers believe that these outbursts are part of an ongoing process in which matter and energy come into physical manifestation at galactic centers." LaViolette's theory of subquantum kinetics is expanded on in his book "Genesis of the Cosmos."

The third main premise is that when this explosive event happens, a spherical shell of dust and radiation radiates outward from the black hole. These "galactic superwaves" are always expanding outwards from the center; a galaxy like ours probably has two or three cruising along right now like ripples on the water of a pond after something falls in, except these are expanding in three dimensions and are much more energetic.
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In recent years, catastrophism has become somewhat more respectable in scientific circles, but marginalization of scientists avowing this theory is still happening. Paul LaViolette, who holds degrees in physics and systems science, has his own story to tell about bias in supposedly objective science.

Admittedly, he started out with a distinct handicap by basing his astronomical investigations on a decryption of the zodiac, as transmitted through traditional lore. According to him, the ancients bequeathed to us knowledge of an astronomical disaster that occurred toward the end of the last ice age: a massive explosion at the core of our galaxy, which caused a superwave of subatomic particles and rays that upon entering our solar system pushed huge amounts of debris toward the Sun leading to a significant decrease of sunlight.

He is of course not alone in postulating such a catastrophy some 15,000 years ago, but his explanation of the event is quite unique. Using mythology, star lore, astronomy, astrophysics, geology, archaeology, La Violette has succeeded in painting a colorful and fascinating picture of what he believes happened just before the emergence of the early civilizations. Clearly, something extraordinary happened and, if LaViolette is correct, it could happen again. It makes sense to generously support further research.

This work is best read in conjunction with Richard Firestone et al.'s The Cycle of Cosmic Catastrophes, also published by Bear & Co.

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