Alford, Alan F. (1961– )
Alan Alford, an independent researcher on ancient mysteries,
was born and raised in England. He attended the University
of Birmingham, where he earned a degree in commerce
(1982) and later completed his MBA at Coventry University
(1993). Though trained as an accountant, his major interest has
been the alternate view of ancient history first proposed by
Erich von Däniken and then as developed by Zecharia Sitchin.
He focused his own research, which he traces to the mid-1970s
when he initially visited Egypt, on the ‘‘gods’’ mentioned so
prominently in ancient mythological writings. Both von Däniken
and Sitchin had identified these gods as extraterrestrials.
Alford published the fruits of his initial research in 1996,
when he self-published his first book, Gods of the New Millennium,
that generally supported Sitchin’s hypothesis that Earth
had been visited in the past by a race of people from a planet
(called Nibiru or Marduk) in this solar system as yet undetected
by astronomers. These extraterrestrials, the Anunnaki, came to
Earth some 445,000 years ago. They enslaved humans, whom
they put to work mining gold. They then became the source of
human civilization. The year after Gods of the New Millennium
appeared, Hodder and Stoughton republished it and gave Alford
a three-book contract to write sequels, which they hoped
would tap the same support given to Sitchin.
Alford shifted his attention from ancient Sumer and the
Holyland, upon which Sitchin had concentrated, to Egypt, hoping
to find further evidence of the Anunnaki. However, he concluded
that the Egyptian myths did not support Sitchin’s thesis;
rather, they suggested what he came to call the exploded planet
hypothesis. The gods were not extraterrestrial beings, they
were meteors that rained down as meteorites. The Egyptian deities
were the personifications of celestial powers, such as Ra,
the Sun god. The ancient mythological references to the gods
descending referred to the coming of fragments of the exploded
planet. He also concluded that the Sumerian myths also referred
to the exploded planet. This exploded planet hypothesis
became the subject of Alford’s second book, The Phoenix
Solution (1998).
The Phoenix Solution alienated Alford from Sitchin’s readers,
though he has insisted that he did not depart from his commitment
to the idea of the ancient intervention of extraterrestrials
in human affairs, only that the gods mentioned in the ancient
mythological literature of the Middle East do not provide the
support that Sitchin proposed. That alienation was deepened
in his third book, When the Gods Came Down (2000), which concentrated
upon the Sumerian texts and further expounded
upon the exploded-planet theory. Sitchin asked Alford not to
criticize him directly, and Alford has followed that request,
though the implicit destructive critique of Sitchin’s ideas are
not lost on anyone who reads Alford’s books.
Alford has an extensive Internet site at http
Alford, Alan F. Gods of the New Millennium. 1996. Reprint,
London Hodder and Stoughton, 1997.
———. The Phoenix Solution. London Hodder and Stoughton,
———. When the Gods Came Down. London Hodder and
Stoughton, 2000.

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