If ever there was a book that needs to be made into a movie, this is it! Using the ancient Sumerian ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ as his basic story line, the late Zecharia Sitchin attempts a reinterpretation of the classic narrative poem in light of his 30 years of research and findings about the Anunnaki as related in his series of books called the Earth Chronicles. The 12th Planet was, of course, the first volume in that series.

The backside of this novel’s dust jacket says that Sitchin wrote this book “in secret so as not to incite criticism about his controversial discoveries…” However, the fact that it is being published posthumously in no way lessens its impact as a powerful statement that begs to be shown to the general public in today’s popular media as an educational device illustrating what may, indeed, be the true story of mankind’s history. What must be more than a coincidence is also the fact that the same story is similarly reflected in part in the Old Testament’s ‘Book of Genesis’.

Movies suggesting the Gilgamesh theme are not new to the silver screen, TV, or computer monitor. But, more often they twist the tale to make it palatable to modern day game players and thrill seekers with distorted themes that are unrecognisable from the original. What Sitchin has done is incorporate what he found from his translation of Sumerian clay tablets into a clever tale that more accurately conveys what many believe to be authentic ancient history scorned and misinterpreted by standard academics who cling to set beliefs in order to retain their closely guarded and often lucrative positions and reputations. Horror of horrors should conventional wisdom be proven wrong.

Indeed, we can make a good case now for the veracity of such findings as Sitchin’s with the very recent illuminations and corroborating evidence of investigative authors like Michael Tellinger, Lloyd Pye, Laird Scranton and William Henry, that the past history of human beings on this planet that we’ve been taught now appears to be largely incorrect. More current archaeological and geological discoveries in Africa, the Middle East, and other places around the globe attest to this. And, publications such as New Dawn are drawing larger and larger audiences who recognise a contemporary era of new paradigms is emerging.

Sitchin’s newly released written work transports us from the halls of the British Museum back into the distant past of life on Earth at a time when the “gods ruled over the lands.” Those “gods,” the Anunnaki, Sitchin tells us from his studies, were visitors from another planet called Nibiru – a planet originally from outside our solar system but captured after a cataclysm by our Sun. It now remains in an oblique orbit of some 3,600 years rotational period, and, correspondingly, the Anunnaki have very long lifetimes. To us they would seem immortal. Many think they are the same beings referred to in Genesis as the Nefilim, the giants who “came down from the heavens to Earth and cohabitated with the daughters of man.”

As the story goes, the Anunnaki have a higher technology than we, including exotic weapons of mass destruction, directed energy beams, and the ability to create alternative life forms in the laboratory. 450,000 years ago they found their planet was losing its protective atmosphere and that the ideal substance to replenish it was powdered gold. They surveyed other planets and discovered Earth had an abundance of gold.

Most New Dawn readers are familiar with the rest of the story of how the Anunnaki cloned and interbred with Earthlings and made them primitive workers – slaves to mine the gold so they could then transport it to Nibiru.

Sitchin recounts the Epic of Gilgamesh in a fresh, sometimes torrid, sometimes touching, sometimes terrifying, but most descriptive and entertaining way. The antagonist who sets Gilgamesh on this adventure is his sultry lover and also at the same time his adversary, the great “flying” Goddess Ishtar (Venus of later Roman times).

Gilgamesh finally finds his ancestor, Ziusudra (the Bible’s Noah), who, with his wife, are immortal but reside in a kind of captivity on Earth. They try to discourage Gilgamesh from continuing to seek immortality. At the end, we find that Ishtar’s curse upon Gilgamesh cannot be undone. She says to her handmaiden, “To forever seek life and never find it, I have fated him.” Her handmaiden then asks, “How can he search forever, and not forever live?” To which Ishtar replies, “That, indeed, is a puzzle for fate to solve.”

We can interpret this story as a great esoteric teaching device. However, it contains so much drama in the telling that I feel it’s “ripe for the pickins” as a possible cinematic series. Whether as a sequence of science fiction films, or a succession of animated productions, the necessary special effects would make the movies appealing to a wide audience. But, more importantly, the underlying result might be to encourage people to ask serious questions about what’s been happening on Earth all these eons. In reality, are we living on a prison planet? Are we mere puppets? Are the “gods” secretly disguised but still here and continuing behind the scenes to “pull our strings”?

– Reviewed by Alan Glassman in New Dawn 143