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Out of Place in Time and Space: Inventions, Beliefs, and Artistic Anomalies That Were Impossibly Ahead of Their Time
Remember that video making the YouTube rounds last year showing an extra in a silent film using a cell phone? Well that's the stuff Lamont Wood is writing about in OUT OF PLACE IN TIME AND SPACE. A toy helicopter found in a pyramid, UFOs in medieval paintings, concrete used in millennia-old buildings.
Wood says he was thinking about time travel as he explored the many anachronisms evident in art, science, geography, medicine, architecture, literature, etc. But in the end, his working title became PEOPLE THINKING THE SAME WAY, CENTURIES APART - a phrase he admits explains away some, but not all, of his findings.
Wood's unsolved historical conundrums include the strange case of the Kennewick Man, human remains found in Washington state in 1996, which date between 5 and 10 thousand years old -- a Caucasoid in Native American time and territory.
Nor can Wood explain a number of accurate visions of future history the book describes. Or how modern war games and disaster preparation scenarios can mimic future events to a T. (As they did in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina). Or how the book, WAG THE DOG, accurately portrayed the Clinton presidency, Lewinsky affair, trouble in Albania schematic where life imitated art.
The oddities at play in these enigmas are not easily categorized as time line anomalies or as metaphysical events. Wood says his research bore out the conclusion that "engineers thinking parallel, centuries apart, is not a mystery. Other things are."
Mel says the book is fascinating. Reading it before taking in this interview would lend some clarity to details flying fast and furiously here, not to mention to phrases like reverse anachronism from the future.
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As a journalist and freelance writer of wide experience, Lamont Wood is familiar with the sometimes arbitrary distinction between cause and effect, and the subsequent gulf between what happens, what is experienced, what gets written, and what is understood. He has been freelancing for nearly three decades, writing for publications ranging from American Heritage to trade journals in Hong Kong. He has also been a newspaper reporter, a publicist, and a welder. He lives in San Antonio, Texas.