Twelfth Planet
by Zecharia Sitchin
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Mass Market Paperback - 436 pages Reissue edition (December 1983)
Avon; ISBN: 038039362X ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 6.86 x 4.19
Other Editions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette (Abridged)

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Avg. Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Number of Reviews: 38
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Zecharia Sitchen's The 12th Planet is the starting point on a quest that spans six books and 20 years worth of ancient aliens, genetic manipulation, and scrutiny of linguistic minutiae. If we trust Sitchen's translation abilities, we must be prepared for the imminent return of an alien race who created us some 3,600 years ago. The 12th Planet is perhaps the best written of Sitchin's Earth Chronicles series; full of example after example of ancient Sumerian passages, astronomical observations, archaeological finds, and technological coincidences supporting his theories. The price we pay for all this evidence is a bit of a dry read at times, but the ideas Sitchin proposes are more than scintillating enough to make up for the overtly scholastic tone of his text. --Brian Patterson

Book Description
Over the years, startling evidence has been unearthed, challenging established notions of the origins of Earth and life on it, and suggests the existence of a superior race of beings who once inhabited our world.

The product of thirty years of intensive research, THE 12TH PLANET is the first book in Zecharia Sitchin's prophetic Earth Chronicles series -- a revolutionary body of work that offers indisputable documentary proof of humanity's extraterrestrial forefathers. Travelers from the stars, they arrived eons ago, and planted the genetic seed that would ultimately blossom into a remarkable species...called Man.

Synopsis
The product of 30 years of intensive research, this is the first book in Zecharia Sitchin's prophetic "Earth Chronicles" series--a revolutionary body of work that offers indisputable documentary proof of humanity's extraterrestrial forefathers. Travelers from the stars arrived eons ago and planted the genetic seed that would ultimately blossom into a remarkable species called Man.

Synopsis
Over the years, startling evidence has been unearthed revealing the existence of a superior race of beings who once inhabited our world. These travelers from the stars arrived eons ago, and planted the genetic seed that would ultimately blossom into a remarkable species--the human being.The product of 30 years of research, this book argues that humanity sprang from extraterrestrial forebears. 2 cassettes. --This text refers to the audio cassette edition of this title


Customer Comments
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars Number of Reviews: 38

A reader from Caltech (Pasadena, California) , July 17, 1999 5 out of 5 stars
A Bunch of B.S.
This book is so idiotic! Yeah, right, when we're disqualifying Pluto as a planet (it's too far away from the Sun to have an atmosphere!), this guy says that there's a planet beyond it. Oh yeah, and you know why people don't go to Antarctica? Atlantis is there! Give me a break . . .

will420@earthlink.net from Philadelphia, PA , July 13, 1999 5 out of 5 stars
OPEN YOUR MIND!!! Who (helped) build the Pyramids???
With all the fact in this book, it's hard to not want to read this book. With the research I have done on this subject, I truly believe that if this book isn't entirely true, then something about it is. One would be totally naive to think we are alone in this universe. Are you naive?

A reader from Perth, Western Australia , July 12, 1999 1 out of 5 stars
A pitiful testament to human gullibility
The previous reader who comments on Columbus would do well to read some history - in the time of Columbus every educated person knew the world was round - this had been known since ancient times and its size had been measured accurately in the ancient world using shadows cast in wells on the Tropic of Cancer. The doubt expressed about Columbus's voyage was NOT that the world was flat but that the distance to the East Indies Westward from Spain was too far to sail - and this was correct. If American had not been in the way Columbus would have starved to death somewhere in the Pacific. Turning to Sitchin, the book is a pitiful testiment to human stupidity and gullibility. Every ancient inscription with a pointy thing in it is taken as depicting a rocket, etc., - the usual von Daniken technique of "argument" and "evidence". And how could a hypothetical planet with an orbit that takes into deep space and back evolve like anything like Earth humans? A carving of a man on a bed (or something) with lines round it is presented as "evidence" of ancient radiotherapy, a pit-like structure (it could be a latrine) is a depiction of an ancient "missile-silo" (and why are missiles kept in silos?) The whole thing is garbage that insults the human mind. Buy it if you're an idiot. If you are a rational human being, read honest science-fiction like that of Larry Niven or Poul Anderson. Or, if you like unconventional archeological theories, read Thor Heyerdal, who is at least a real scientist.

A reader from New Jersey, USA , July 9, 1999 5 out of 5 stars
They Once Thought Columbus Was Crazy Too!
The 12th. Planet should be read by anybody with an open mind. Even if you don't believe any of the ideas, you should at least think of what might be possible. Just a short time ago, they thought the earth was flat, and that the idea of space travel was the work of a madman. In fact the Catholic Church used to regularly imprison, or execute anybody who suggested the earth was round, and was part of a solar system. Forget about what would have happened, if you had stated that we'd travel to Mars someday! Perhaps something really did happen from the time of the dinosaurs, to the dawn of mankind? You don't have to believe, but JUST THINK OF THE POSSIBILITIES!!!

Ray(merlin10@internetcds.com) from Oregon , June 27, 1999 5 out of 5 stars
A New "Heads Up" for the Modern World
I first read the author's book nearly twenty years ago. I was heartily impressed by the scholarship, and it opened my eyes to the whole civilization that existed before Biblical times. Grand! I spent the next twenty years pursuing various pathways to "flesh-out" my views on his extraterrestrial conclusions (which should be kept separate from his in-depth evidence that "something odd" went on about that time). Very few other books have galvanized not only my attention but my sustained action. Highly recommended, though keep the evidence compartmentalized from the conclusions.

What Mr. Sitchin details is a group of beings that have a "superset" of abilities to our own, at least as of many thousands of years ago. The author seems to restrict these beings to being merely of advanced technology, but purely physical. This leads directly to his extraterrestrial conclusions. Personally, I believe the situation is more mixed-dimensional than that.

Another charm of Mr. Sitchin's book is that it invites us to view the world from a "perhaps we are not the top of the food chain" perspective. For instance, the Tigris-Euphrates area is now effectively closed off from the mass of archeologists. It is this possibility, that they may in some way still be here (remember, they may be effectively immortal), that makes this book so highly influential. There is something that we as a species are not yet "getting," and Mr. Sitchin (among many other researchers) is laying a groundwork. Thanks.

benson@wisp5.physics.wisc.edu from Madison, Wisconsin , June 26, 1999 2 out of 5 stars
Science fact for those uneducated in science.
While I appreciate Mr. Sitchin attempt of bringing in numerous texts from a variety of ancient peoples, his spectacular interpretations are usually unjustified and redound in conjecture. This book is in the very least full of interesting ideas, which may inspire some enough to accept his lack of evidence.

yettoit@aol.com from Canada , June 24, 1999 5 out of 5 stars
Wow!! What a revelation!
At first I had to keep glancing at the spine of the book to read "non-fiction", now I am a complete convert of Mr. Sitchin's writings. Thanks again to his wife who encouraged him to put this marvellous piece of work together. Now, when do you estimate our 3600 years are up? --This text refers to the audio cassette edition of this title

Beata Van Berkom (bvb@home.com) from Saskatchewan, Canada , June 22, 1999 5 out of 5 stars
Whose Thoughts are We Thinking Then ?
If the story documented in 12th Planet is true, what does this mean for humans of Earth?

If our former ideology and understanding of our history is flawed we are now free from 'religious' dogma.

We are then free to make new 'rules' for ourselves, based on human needs and values, dropping the thoughts, values and ideology of the political structure of the "gods" who "created" us.

What would we Earth humans decide to do with ourselves? The ultimate in personal responsibility. This, I think, is the most exciting aspect of 12th Planet information.

The information in this book series, leaves room for creationism and evolution together. I found it very exciting to entertain my brain/soul with.

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