John Anthony West

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John Anthony West
Born (1932-07-09) July 9, 1932 (age 84)
New York City, United States
Nationality American
Known for Sphinx water erosion hypothesis, studies of the Dogon people

John Anthony West (born July 9, 1932 in New York City) is an American author, lecturer, guide and a proponent of the Sphinx water erosion hypothesis in geology.[1][2] His early career was as a copywriter in Manhattan and as a science fiction writer. He received a Hugo Award Honorable Mention in 1962.

In 1993 his work with Robert M. Schoch, a geologist and associate professor of natural science at the College of General Studies at Boston University was presented by Charlton Heston, the host in an NBC special called “The Mystery of the Sphinx” that won West a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Best Research and a nomination for Best Documentary.[3][4][5] The documentary contends that the main type of weathering evident on the Great Sphinx and surrounding enclosure walls could only have been caused by prolonged and extensive rainfall during the time period from 10,000 to 5000 BCE and was carved out of limestone bedrock by an ancient advanced culture (such as the Heavy Neolithic Qaraoun culture).[6] This challenged the conventional dating of the carving of the statue circa 2500 BCE. West suggested that the Sphinx may be over twice as old as originally determined, whereas Schoch made a more conservative determination of between 5000 and 7000 BCE.[7][8]

Criticism[edit]

Peter Green of the University of Texas at Austin has been critical of West. In a 1979 exchange of letters in the New York Review of Books, Green drew attention to what he considered to be numerous problems with West's work, including unconscious prejudices, "wildly speculative" ideas and lack of scientific evidence, as well as a tendency towards conspiracy theories in respect of orthodox Egyptology.[9]

Works[edit]

West's writing career spans two periods, the first half as a science fiction short story writer and the second half as a non-fiction book author. The former from 1961 to 1980, and the latter essentially from 1980 to 2007. He won an Honorable Mention for Best Short Fiction towards the 1962 Hugo Award for his early short story "The Fiesta at Managuay" (1961).

Science fiction[edit]

Short stories
  • "The Fiesta at Managuay" (1961);
first appearing in the collection book Call Out the Malicia, 1961 (UK);
then The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, December 1961 (US);
then The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1962 (UK), Vol. 3, No. 5; also as
"La Fiesta de Managuay" [French] (1964)
  • "George" (1961); also as
"Il Piede di George" [Italian] (1962)
"La Fin d'un Homme" [French] (1964)
  • "Gladys's Gregory" (1963),
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (US), February, 1963, Vol. 24 #2, issue 141; also as
"Un mari à l'Engrais" [French] (1964)
"Le Gregory de Gladys" [French] (1976)
"Gladys' Gregory" [German] (1989)
  • "A Case History" (1973)
  • "The Fox and the Hedgehog" (1979)
  • "The Emperor's New Clothes" (1980)
Novel
  • John Anthony West, Osborne's Army, Eyre & Spottiswoode (Publishers Limited), 1966; Penguin #2861, softcover, London, 1969.

Books[edit]

Call Out the Malicia is West's first published book and is a collection of his short stories.

Fiction
  • John Anthony West, Call Out the Malicia, Heinemann, London, UK, 1961 (book cover red eyes); E. P. Dutton, New York, US, 1963 (book cover green eyes); both hardcover. A collection of 10 short stories of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.
Non-fiction
  • John Anthony West & Jan Gerhard Toonder, The case for astrology, Quest Books, 1970
  • John Anthony West, Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Quest Books, 1993
  • John Anthony West, The Traveler's Key to Ancient Egypt: A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ancient Egypt, Quest Books, 1996
  • John Anthony West & Laird Scranton The Science of the Dogon: Decoding the African Mystery Tradition, Quest Books, 2006
  • John Anthony West & Laird Scranton, Sacred Symbols of the Dogon: The Key to Advanced Science in the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs, Quest Books, 2007

Video[edit]

  • "Magical Egypt: A Symbolist Tour of Ancient Egypt", 8 episodes, Cydonia Inc., 2001

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Atlantic, p. 42. Atlantic Monthly Co. 1962. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Graham Hancock (4 January 2011). Fingerprints Of The Gods. Random House. pp. 483–. ISBN 978-1-4464-1085-1. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Sally MacDonald; Michael Rice (2003). Consuming Ancient Egypt. UCL. pp. 183–. ISBN 978-1-84472-003-3. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Quigley Publishing (1 January 2006). International television & video almanac, p. 64. Quigley Pub. Co. ISBN 978-0-900610-78-3. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Society for Scientific Exploration (1996). Journal of scientific exploration: a publication of the Society for Scientific Exploration, p. 582. Pergamon. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  6. ^ U.S. news & world report. s.n. 2000. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 
  7. ^ John Anthony West (1 January 1996). The Traveler's Key to Ancient Egypt: A Guide to the Sacred Places of Ancient Egypt. Quest Books. ISBN 978-0-8356-0724-7. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  8. ^ John Anthony West (1 May 1993). Serpent in the Sky: The High Wisdom of Ancient Egypt. Quest Books. ISBN 978-0-8356-0691-2. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Secrets of the Pyramids", New York Review of Books, 20 December 1979: Retrieved 27 March 2016

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