My guest today is Bob Vanderzee, author of The Visitor’s Report and a retired project engineer from Port.
. Welcome Bob! St. Lucie, Florida
Your book’s premise is that life on earth is based on ‘intelligent design.’ Please tell us a bit about that.
With its flaws (described in my book), I look at Darwin’s evolution theory as being about where the theory of earth centricity, taught by the Church for 2,500 years, was the year Galileo was born (1564). In my book I show it’s just a matter of time before Evolution is replaced with its only conceivable alternative—intelligent design. Today, intelligent design is vilified just as Galileo’s ideas were in his lifetime. But every time I learn a little more about the workings of the human anatomy it strengthens my belief that (vertical) evolution is malarkey. There are literally billions if not trillions of micro detail processes that must all work together to perfection for living entities to function properly. It is ludicrous to think all those intertwined, interrelated processes “just happened”.
The Q Continuum in Star Trek: The Next Generation has strong similarities to your theory of intelligent design, including a multi-dimensional universe. What’s your take on a TV program getting that close to your hypothesis?
I had never heard of the Q Continuum in Star Trek until you mentioned it, so I looked it up on Google. I find myself in basic disagreement with the story line. I believe that multi-dimensionals and their multi-dimensional world are as unknowable to humans as calculus is to our pet puppy dogs. All we can do is speculate as did the writers of Star Trek. Our pets are thrilled to ride in our automobiles, live in our homes, and be fed every day by us, but are totally clueless when it comes to understanding how it’s done. They are happy to just go along with it and may very well speculate with their limited mentalities as to what kind of gods we humans must be.
I am not surprised that others may have thought of similar concepts. But I wonder if any others have connected together the three almost certain scientific confirmations of string theory (and therefore a multi-dimensional supernatural reality), intelligent design which has to have been accomplished by eleven-dimensionals, and UFO’s, for an ultimate explanation of our universe.
I found my ideas in the book are too complex to explain in ordinary conversation. Usually if I discuss them, my listener’s eyes glaze over.
Although reviewers tend to call your book science fiction, you state clearly that it is non-fiction and that at some “near term” point “incontrovertible evidence” will emerge to back up your theories. What makes you state that with such conviction? Is this book non-fiction or is it science fiction?
That is the question the reader must answer for himself. If I convince the reader my three axioms will inevitably be verified, as I firmly believe they will, he will accept the book as non-fiction. New scientific theories, when first proposed, are always based on unproven “axioms” and are considered fiction until their fundamental axioms are proven or verified and accepted by academia. I show in the book why I’m convinced each of my three “axioms” will be verified. For example, how can anyone deny UFOs exist when thousands of unrelated, intelligent people in
, reported seeing a huge
one on the evening of March 13, 1997? It could be that the “scenario” section
of the book could very well remain science fiction. I look at these scenarios
more as educated, logical guesses that will make sense once the three basic “axioms”
are verified. Phoenix,
The year 2030 seems to have near-term special meaning. Others have used this year as a pivotal point in human history. What significance does 2030 have for you?
None. I picked 2030 because I had commented in the Intro that great discoveries seem to occur in the first thirty years of a new century. I was unaware when I wrote the book that others had prophesied that 2030 will be a special year.
How long did it take to develop The Visitor’s Report?
I’ve been curious about such questions as “Why are we here?” “How did we get here?” “What’s to become of us?” since my time at the
in 1948. So
over the years I stored away information and ideas that could contribute to the
answers. It wasn’t until I finished my first two books that I had time to
devote to sorting out and organizing the information I’d collected over the
years. Meanwhile, about ten years ago, a close friend invented the name of a
character I used in the book, VAATU-9, in one of our joke sessions he and I had
many times over the years. I knew I had to include VAATU-9 in the “scenario”
section of the book. During the writing of the book, I found that some of the
ideas in it seemed to just pop into my brain as I wrote them down. So to answer
your question succinctly, I guess I would have to say it took me 65 years to
develop The Visitor’s Report. University
What kind of feedback are you getting for the book?
People either love the book (you can find extraordinary reviews on Amazon) or are befuddled by it. One reader actually told me I should teach the book at a local college for heaven sakes! I admit it is a bit heavy for readers who do not follow scientific topics, but I decided I did not want to talk down to my readers.
How are you promoting The Visitor’s Report?
I have to confess I’m not a salesman, never have been, and not particularly interested in becoming one now. So I am depending mostly on word of mouth to sell the book. I would do book signings if asked. I’m planning to send the book to distinguished authors in the scientific fields covered in the book in hopes someone will pick up on what I say in the book.
What tips would you give to authors about getting visibility in the current publishing environment?
I’m not a good source for this info. I would urge authors to join an authors group in his/her community. Members there will give great suggestions for getting one’s book out to the public using the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Many authors have web sites where they broadcast their books to the world.
A lot of writers these days are well up in years. What did you think when 82-year-old Canadian Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature, its oldest ever winner?
I suppose it means there’s still hope for me, and that at age 83, I could set a new record.
What’s next for you in your publishing journey? Any plans to retire?
I’m pretty much out of ideas for new books at the moment. I haven’t yet figured out how to top the destruction and replacement of the human race.
I was born in
in 1930, and raised in the Detroit suburb of
Grosse Ile, an island surrounded by the .
I graduated from the Detroit River University of Michigan and worked as a mechanical engineer living
at various times in Akron, Ohio,
and . Carlisle, Pennsylvania
While with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, in
, I designed much of
the first generation machinery used to convert tire production to the new
radial construction – an advanced product at the time. Later, based in Akron , I oversaw the
conversion of seven European factories to the new radial tire construction over
a period of three years. London
|Bob and Jan at his 65th|
In 1972, I married Janet Weckerle Healey along with her three daughters from a previous marriage. It was an ideal life with Jan, lasting until 2004 when she passed away. She was the true love of my life.
I have a love for boating (I had my first sailboat at age 14), flying airplanes (I’m a commercial pilot with about 1,500 hours), skiing, photography, and writing books.
Jan and I moved to
Port St. Lucie, Florida in 1996, where I currently live.