Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Lookalike Nuts

My latest Mysterious Universe article is on the wacky subject of the loons who think we are being replaced, Invasion of the Body Snatchers-style. Yes, incredibly, some people really do believe it - sadly...

It begins like this...

"In 1954 a sci-fi story, titled The Body Snatchers and written by Jack Finney, appeared in serial form in Colliers Magazine. In the following year, 1955, it surfaced in full-length book form. One year later, it was made into a classic and excellent piece of big-screen paranoia: Invasion of the Body Snatchers, starring Kevin McCarthy. A pretty good remake appeared in 1978, with Donald Sutherland taking the lead role. A not bad version – Body Snatchers – hit the cinemas in 1993. And a downright, bloody awful version was unleashed in 2007: The Invasion.

"Most people know the general scenario of the story, even if they haven’t seen the film: the Earth is being invaded by hostile extraterrestrial entities. But, the takeover of the planet doesn’t occur in a laser-guns-blazing, Independence Day-style assault. Indeed, there’s not even a single UFO in sight. Just a bunch of curious-looking flowers that are springing up all over the place. Things quickly progress, albeit not in a good fashion."

And here's the complete article (Or perhaps it's a cloned version. After all, who can tell?).

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