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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Are There Intelligent Beings in the Cosmos?
Chapter 2 - When Our Spaceship Landed on Earth ...
Chapter 3 - The Improbable World of the Unexplained
Chapter 4 - Was God an Astronaut?
Chapter 5 - Fiery Chariots from the Heavens
Chapter 6 - Ancient Imagination and Legends, or Ancient Facts?
Chapter 7 - Ancient Marvels or Space Travel Centers?
Chapter 8 - Easter Island—Land of the Bird Men
Chapter 9 - The Mysteries of South America and Other Oddities
Chapter 10 - The Earth’s Experience of Space
Chapter 11 - The Search for Direct Communication
Chapter 12 - Tomorrow
Berkley Books by Erich von Däniken
CHARIOTS OF THE GODS
SIGNS OF THE GODS
PATHWAYS TO THE GODS
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CHARIOTS OF THE GODS
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G. P. Putnam’s Sons edition / February 1970
G. P. Putnam / Berkley Medallion edition / April 1977
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Copyright © 1968 by Econ-Verlag GMBH.
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It was more than a quarter of a century ago—in February 1968—that my first book, Memories of the Future, was published by Econ, a German publisher. I had written the book two years earlier, but rejection letters from publishers fluttered on my desk with great regularity: “Sorry, not usable for our program ... ,” “We are very sorry ... ,” “We don’t want to go this way ... ,” “We recommend a more esoteric publisher....”
In later years I was often asked how this publishing miracle happened, to finally place this controversial work with a renowned textbook house. Today I can finally confess: with outside help and a little discretion.
I met Dr. Thomas von Randow, then the science editor of the weekly Die Zeit, in the summer of 1967. He leafed through the neatly typed manuscript, examined some of the peculiar pictures, and decided, “This is not for us. You have to publish it as a book.”
“And how does one find a publisher?”
Dr. von Randow puffed on his pipe, looked me straight in the eyes: “I do know a publisher. I could just give him a noncommittal call, if you wish.”
He picked up the telephone and asked to be connected with Dr. Erwin Barth von Wehrenalp, the chief of Econ Publishing. The blood rushed to my head. After all, I knew what Dr. von Randow could not know: My manuscript had already been turned down by Econ. Naturally, the ensuing conversation stuck in my gray brain cells.