One of the world s most enduring mysteries, a legend that stretches from ancient times to the present, is that of the Hollow Earth. As one learns from reading Tim R. Swartz s excellent new offering from Global Communications, Admiral Byrd s Secret Journey Beyond The Poles, the mythology concerning a world inside our own dates back to pre-Biblical times.
So is the Earth hollow, as some seem to believe? Calling on expert testimony from scientists such as physicist Dr. Brooks A. Agnew, Swartz skillfully makes the case that it is more than scientifically possible for our planet to be hollow it is in fact probable that we share our world with a hidden race who lives beneath our feet and occasionally interacts with us mere surface dwellers for good or evil.
Admiral Richard E. Byrd s trips to both the North and South Poles in the early part of the 20th century are covered in great detail by Swartz. Byrd claimed to have located large openings at the poles that might serve as doorways into the interior of the planet as well as strange landscapes of lushly green vegetation and animals roaming freely on the surface where we have long been told there is only ice and snow. It is said that a media cover-up was quickly put into place and Byrd ceased to talk about his discoveries publicly. Swartz provides further clues about the government s knowledge of the Inner Earth, along with some fascinating speculation about why such tight secrecy is maintained. Is the shadow government of the New World Order already in contact with the beings down below? The Nazis, according to Swartz, made an expedition to Antarctica before the outbreak of World War II for just such a purpose, hoping to establish relations with the Aryan supermen said to dwell under the surface there. There have also been reports of flying saucer-type craft being seen in the vicinity displaying a swastika on their outer skin.
Swartz contrasts that dark tale with a sunnier interpretation of the Hollow Earth theory, namely the existence of a hidden paradise in the Hollow Earth called Agharta or Shamballah. It is said this mythical wonderland is lighted by a small internal sun, and that wondrous vegetation and animal life abound there, as well as a race of gentle, technologically advanced people who are very concerned about our possible self-destruction through misuse of nuclear weapons.
Admiral Byrd s Secret Journey Beyond the Poles strikes just the right balance between pragmatic scientific inquiry into the tantalizing notion that the Earth is hollow and stories of the fascinating assortment of creatures that are said to reside there. In one chapter, Swartz presents a list of verses from the Bible that seem to speak of the Hollow Earth as the familiarly depicted subsurface hell, which Christ entered in the time between his crucifixion and resurrection to rescue worthy souls unjustly trapped in that subterranean Hades. Historically, this has been called the Harrowing of Hell, but one marvels at the idea that such a place might physically exist. The book also features a chapter written by Dr. Wendy Lockwood, who discusses some of the more negative interpretations of just who really lives down there. She calls on the work of Richard Shaver, whose articles from the 1940s about the underground-dwelling, evil robots he called the Dero are still well known among Hollow Earth believers. Lockwood preaches that we must come to understand the reality of the Hollow Earth in order to continue our collective evolution and move forward as the kind, benevolent race we are intended to be. < P> In any case, Swartz has put together another winner in the always interesting stream of new books coming from Global Communications. --Sean Casteel, Critic and Reviewer