The Spaceships of Ezekiel
The Spaceships of Ezekiel (1974) contains truths that were in evidence on printed paper long before the internet ever buzzed to life. I mean everybody gets their fix of this stuff online these days. But there is still a place in the world for Josef F. Blumrich.
In the case of The Spaceships of Ezekiel we are dealing with the Biblical adventures of Ezekiel, as interpreted by a NASA scientist, to reveal the ground crews of many extra-terrestrial landings on our lovely home planet – as far back as the sixth century BC. All of this is derived from the work of Erich von Daniken (also crazy, but so well-conceived and written that he is highly forgivable). I often wonder just how long NASA engineer J. F. Blumrich spent designing and even patenting his impression of the vehicle he imagines – with its small cockpit, where Ezekiel observed the "Lord", rested atop the body of the vehicle. And then I sometimes think of Mrs Blumrich, and wonder what she made of it all.
The Spaceships of Ezekiel is of course a highly unreadable, over-technical and rather tiring book about the thing that Ezekiel called the ‘fiery firmament’ with its single main engine and four helicopter engines and blades, which enabled the vehicle to land vertically. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have a place in your collection, because it will always help you pass a little bit of time, and at the same time allow you to re-evaluate yourself as sane.
In fact, if you’ve the patience, this sort of thing can be quite rewarding; certainly it is amazing the rockets and technologies that the author can derive from such simple visionary lines as: It was the sound of the wings of the living creatures as they touched one another, and the sound of the wheels beside them (EZEK 3:13). But the real test of such a book is one’s own self immersion, which I love. It is exciting to pick up a daft tract like this and wonder if, by the end, you might also be a raving convert.
Given this book is by a scientist (typo: scientit) it does get pedantically technical towards the end, as Blumrich attempts to calculate vehicle sizes, propellants used and quantities, and rotor diameters. Still, it is the sort of book which simply needs to exist: Ezekiel’s vision is in fact one of the most exciting, strange and otherworldly part of the Holy Book, so it is only right that it should attract such in depth fantasy as this in its interpretation. And of course, once the theology has been exhausted, there is only one plausible theory left regarding the Old Testament — the fact that it is all about ALIENS.
Blumrich proposed a wheel that is capable of rotating not only in the forward-backward direction, but also sideways, based on his interpretation of the description in Ezekiel, and patented it. The wheel is now known as Omni wheel, and it is used in special applications.