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Iíd like to be able to say that Iíve
been fascinated by Atlantis since I was a child. But
the site of the great lost civilization unfolded itself to me quite
The interview was on a Friday.
It promised to be a very long weekend as I waited to find out if I
had the job. As a distraction from counting the hours I decided to
try my hand at a screenplay.
As I wrote this down Donovanís "Hail Atlantis" come over the radio and it
struck me that the lost continent would be the perfect place to
locate my aliens. Liking the hibernation notion I decided to
put Atlantis under ice (as a Canadian, the idea of surviving
in ice is never more than a subconscious level away) so I jotted
down: "Atlantis = Antarctica."
I knew nothing about Atlantis so I jogged off to the library to do some research and soon discovered that everything we know about the lost continent comes from the Greek philosopher, Plato.
In L. Sprague de Campís book LOST CONTINENTS, I came across a map of Atlantis reproduced from ancient Egyptian sources by a Jesuit priest (Athanasius Kircher 1601-1680).
placed Atlantis in the North Atlantic Ocean but
strangely, put north at the bottom of the page. The Kircher
map had to be studied up-side-down.
It took my breath
away. Ancient maps and ice woven together in the same book: exactly
what I needed for my story.
The two were so close in so many particulars. Since Antarctica wasnít discovered until the early part of the 19th century and its ice free shape was unknown until 1958, the Egyptian Map of Antarctica represents solid evidence that someone had mapped Antarctica long before Europeans ever landed.
How far in
the past I didnít know but Hapgood argued that the entire
world had been mapped by some unknown, ancient,
maritime culture which had been destroyed by an Earth
The U.S. Naval projection shows the world as seen FROM the shores of Antarctica.
Antarctica and Atlantis were both island
continents in the middle of the "True" or "Real" ocean
which I learned was what oceanographers now call the "World Ocean."