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Humans Among Us

Early in my youth, I was fascinated by UFOs and alien visitors. In grade 3 and grade 4, I would often believe that I was seeing unidentified objects in the sky (of which the majority were probably terrestrial aircraft, and one may have been a blimp, which I would’ve been less familiar with), and every few nights or so, I’d have frightening nightmares about UFOs landing in my yard, or making people “fall asleep” right where they were standing (like in so many UFO reports). These were simply nightmares, and not repressed memories or anything of that ilk. I studied just about everything I could on the subject and wrote childish science-fiction stories about it.

As I got older, however, UFOs started to lose their charm. As I read more “not for children” accounts, UFOs changed from being strange sights in the sky to grey-skinned, big-eyed, sinister aliens, whose sole purpose seemed to be to abduct humans for bizarre sexual experiments. A skepticism that I never knew I had suddenly asserted itself.

I stopped reading about UFOs and alien abductions. Curious visitors from another planet seemed plausible to me, but not this shadow government, human-alien hybrid stuff. It just didn’t make any sense.

Later on (around the time I was thirteen), I was watching a made-for-TV movie (I can’t recall the title or the actors in it), about women who had been abducted and experimented upon all their lives only to have recalled during a hypnosis session. The non-believing psychiatrist examining them turns to a believer, based on the evidence they uncover.

Back then, the movie seemed very scary, but it inspired in me a new way of thinking. At the end of the movie, the psychiatrist and his girlfriend (one of the abductees) are discussing the alien abductions and the human-alien hybrid experiments, and asks (I’m paraphrasing here) “Why are they trying to create a new race?” To which the psychiatrist replies, “Who knows? Maybe to save an old one.”

Obviously, the “old race” the psychiatrist referred to was the “ancient” alien race in the movie. But I thought about his last statement, and came up with an idea totally revolutionary to anything I had ever heard about: What if “aliens” were really time travelling humans from the future? Amazingly, though I was sure that I couldn’t have been the only person to postulate the time travelling human hypothesis, several years passed before I was aware that others had similar ideas.

There is only one book that I’ve personally read (and own) that mirrors my suggestion: J. H. Brennan’s Time Travel: A New Perspective. For all the UFO books that I’ve read (and I’ve read quite a few, though definitely not all), I don’t recall any author ever entertaining this notion.

For the last eight years, I’ve tried to sift through all my knowledge on UFOs, and the minimal knowledge that I have of the physics of time travel, to support my hypothesis, and cast doubt on the extraterrestrial hypothesis. And, over the years, I’ve come up with some interesting conclusions.

Travel - One of the main reasons cited against extraterrestrial involvement is the extreme distances they would have to cross in a reasonable amount of time. If “aliens” are time travelers, then no distance to cross is required.

The counter-argument to that is “if the universe is expanding, the position of the earth in the universe in 1999 is going to be greatly different than it’s position in 2004. Thus, time travelers would find themselves millions of miles off course”.

My response to that would be in the form of an analogy. Take a balloon, and imagine that it represents the universe, and the surface is the fabric of space and time. Make a dot on the balloon. This dot represents a particular point in space at a certain time (say the present). Now inflate the balloon (if the universe is expanding, you’ve just moved into the future). Not only does the mark stretch a bit; it also changes position in three-dimensional space. However, since the entire balloon stretched the same amount, that mark still refers to the exact same point on the balloon as when it was deflated.

Thus, a point in space is the exact same point in different times, even if the universe expands. If the time travelers are using wormholes fixed in space but not in time, and the wormhole is anchored to a position in space a few miles away from the moon, then, whatever time they go to, they will always be the same distance from the moon (provided the moon hasn’t changed it’s position in the universe).

Space - What about all the sightings of UFOs that are either (a) in space, or (b), appearing to fly off into space? I can give a couple of reasons as to why time travelers would want to do this.

Firstly, there aren’t enough people in space to witness their appearance and disappearance on a regular basis, thus allowing them to arrive and vanish undetected.

Secondly, their method of travel may employ a wormhole (which I am in favor of), and they may not wish to draw portions of our atmosphere with them to their time (for reasons concerning contamination).

And thirdly, I’m probably not up to date on all the advancements concerning our theoretical understanding of wormholes and black holes, but I’ve never read anything stating that wormholes couldn’t have gravitational pull, similar to a black hole. It may be a physical requirement (or simply, for safety’s sake), to only open wormholes in a vacuum, space being the most convenient for time travel. Opening one on earth or in its atmosphere may cause problems.

Physiology - The descriptions of “aliens”, as being grey-skinned, thin-bodied, big-headed beings definitely doesn’t sound human. But I believe it’s human enough.

Since most abduction claims involve medical experiments, one would imagine that everything on board the ship would be sterile. Also, human travelers from the future would most likely not want to expose modern-day humans to potential viruses from the future, as well as they themselves not wanting to put themselves at risk with all of our germs. If you traveled back in time to Europe during the days of the black plague, how long do you think you, with your twentieth-century immune system, would survive?

The “alien” appearance of these time travelers may simply be contamination suits. Modern-day suits are particularly bulky, but they may evolve to be more form fitting over time as new materials are invented. The funny shaped head could just be a mask or helmet. The bulkiness of that could be attributed to some sort of virtual reality system built into those large, black view-ports that allow the “aliens” to perform medical procedure with the aid of a computer.

Interestingly enough, the movie “Fire In The Sky”, which was based on a true story (supposedly), involved an abducted individual who woke up on the alien ship, and discovered space suits that looked just like those “grey” aliens. If any of this is true, it lends credence to my hypothesis.

The reports that aliens speak without moving their mouths (generally believed to be telepathy, of which I am skeptical) may simply be a speaker system between the human’s head and helmet. Also, keep in mind that aliens didn’t always have an “alien” appearance.

Until the popular “grey” alien concept emerged into society’s consciousness, the UFOs of yesteryear often had human occupants. During the airship flap of the last few decades of the nineteenth century, several airship sightings were reported containing individuals who appeared to be, and claimed to be humans. If we are to take these reports as anything but a hoax, we must be willing to accept that these might have been time travelers from the future, having fun with some of the locals of that era. Most of these airship sightings took place in the United States, which is important to my hypothesis later on.

Motivation - Why are extraterrestrials travelling vast distances so that they can covertly abduct human beings and produce bizarre crossbreeding experiments? If they have such a disregard for human life, why not just conquer and cage us for use later? Why would they bother forming pacts with the American government for the permission to abduct its citizens?

Now, the answers to the last two questions are generally given as follows: A UFO crashes and is retrieved by the military. The aliens, knowing that their secret is out agree to supply the military with alien technology provided that the military look the other way when they do their abductions and keep their mouths shut.

I find problems with that answer immediately. If the aliens can just “turn off” people (as is reported during abductions), why not just turn off all the military personnel, retrieve their crashed ship, and continue the experiments? Why not make everyone in the military that knows the truth forget about it, just like they seem to make abductees forget about their experience? If their goal is to do their work without interfering with the natural evolution of our planet, then they screwed up royally. For starters, they have to give technology to the leaders of the planet (if you follow that hypothesis). Secondly, their methods of making people forget is faulty; people remember their abductions, and as a result, our very culture has been irrevocably changed by their presence.

Now, if these “aliens” are time travelling humans, things make a little more sense. Humans have a romantic fascination with doing things covertly, and I imagine that it will not change in the future, thus, the “alien” need for secrecy, etc.

As for the bizarre experiments? I could suggest any number of reasons. Perhaps, some sort of disease has swept through humanity in the future, and mankind’s only hope is to procure untainted genetic samples from humans in the past. Maybe all the countries on Earth in the future are attempting to find a cure first and save their respective populations, thus there may be some sort of “time race” (like our “arms race”) between them, explaining why abduction is a world-wide phenomenon.

Let’s suppose that these time travelers are Americans from the future. They’d love to make a deal with their government of the past, as would the government love to make a deal with the America of the future, especially if it involved obtaining knowledge of the future. The possibilities are endless, but I believe there is only one answer to the reason behind these activities. And it’s probably something that only a select group of people from our time know.

That some people believe aliens have abducted them is not questionable. Whether or not these events take place exactly as the abductees remember them is subject to question. If, though, they are accurate recollections, I suggest that everyone consider the possibility that these “aliens” are in fact time travelling humans from the future. A prospect, as far-fetched as it sounds, is only as far-fetched as the notion that aliens from a distant world have come here to steal sperm from men, impregnate women, and form secret pacts with our governments.


Brennan, J. H. Time Travel: A New Perspective. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1997.

Clark, Jerome. Unexplained!. Detroit, MI: Visible Ink Press, 1993