Today we have a most unusual addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses, where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.
We first learned about it at the website of World Religion News. Their headline is New Book Will Reveal Alien Intervention Here on Earth During the Solar Eclipse. They say:
A new book from Marshall Vian Summers, The Greater Community: Contact with Intelligent Life in the Universe, has been described as a book of Revelation when it comes to humanity’s contact with other intelligent life presumably present in the universe. It will be released worldwide on August 21 during the upcoming solar eclipse.
Aliens and the eclipse? How could we resist? But to qualify for our collection of self-published geniuses, we need the author’s press release and some evidence that the book was self-published. So we Googled around and whaddaya know — we found the press release: New Book of Revelation to be released worldwide during Total Solar Eclipse Aug 21. There’s no indication of who issued the thing, so we assume it’s from the author. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The Greater Community: Contact with Intelligent Life in the Universe is the newest book of the New Message from God, an original communication from the Creator of all life received by the Messenger Marshall Vian Summers. The Greater Community will be officially released during the total solar eclipse on August 21st and will be available online and at bookstores around the United States, United Kingdom and Australia as well as through the publisher at http://www.newknowledgelibrary.org
Aha — they give a link to the publisher. It’s something called New Knowledge Library, and their only publications are all from the same author, so this is obviously a self-publishing operation. We looked for the book at Amazon, but it’s not there yet. However, they have a page for the author, Marshall Vian Summers, listing his other books. They’re all from the same publisher.
Okay! We’ve got a vanity press book and the author’s press release. Let’s read on:
A successful Kickstarter project has been launched to support the publication, translation and spread of The Greater Community worldwide. In addition, the publisher will be giving away hundreds of new books at the massive Glendo Wyoming Eclipse Viewing party. Glendo is expecting 50-100,000 to descend from nearby states to view the total solar eclipse and The Society for the New Message, the 501(c)(3) non-profit publisher of the books of the New Message from God, is planning a book giveaway of hundreds of print copies and thousands of ebook copies of The Greater Community to those attending.
What a brilliant way to promote the book! The press release tells us:
The Greater Community presents a new Revelation from God on the reality of intelligent life beyond our world as well as humanity’s present and future contact with those alien forces visiting our world. With this, The Greater Community reveals the dangerous Alien Intervention now underway in our world by commercial forces who are here to gain access to the natural environment, resources and people of Earth.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] The aliens are already invading! The press release continues:
The activities of this Alien Intervention account for the majority of valid UFO sightings reported around the world as well as reports of human-alien abductions and other phenomena associated with extraterrestrial visitation.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] All those alien abduction stories, and presumably tales of alien problng, are true! Let’s read on:
The information and teachings contained in this book are a direct communication from God, received by the Messenger Marshall Vian Summers in a state of Revelation. Only God could reveal the reality of alien life beyond our world and solar system. Only God could reveal the intentions and full activities of the Intervention into our world.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] This is revealed information!
There’s much more information in the press release, but we’ve already excerpted enough. We know you’re going to click over there to read it all, and we’re sure you’re going to buy the book — and all the author’s other books too. We couldn’t find any information about the price, but who cares? Whatever it costs, it’s worth it!
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