In this article, I will be delineating the rather occultic and mostly unheard of work of Lynn Picknett, an alternative history buff like Graham Hancock and other elusive authors on such intellectually taboo topics. On the back cover of her non-fiction work, that is The Stargate Conspiracy: The Truth about Extraterrestrial Life and the mysteries of Ancient Egypt, she postulates rather authoritatively “Question everything. Especially authority.” Given her stance and indirectly loathsome criticism of the workings of indeed Graham Hancock and other well-established authors within the realm of alternative history, one should also begin to apply haphazardly this ingenious philosophy to her work on the same unremarkably scrutinizing level. If we are to remain honest with ourselves about the exact unknown nature of ancient history, we must begin to adopt a philosophic attitude towards all those who perpetuate a ‘truth’ in their findings, no matter how well-argued or how well-developed their intentions may happen to be. In Picknett’s case she makes the professional aspersion:
…And the matter does not end there. The bitter controversy surrounding the idea of a long-dead civilization on Mars has also been absorbed into this campaign [the promotions of workings like Graham Hancock and others] like the mysteries of Egypt has been pressed into service to present a carefully stage-managed message.
She goes on to describe that since authors like Hancock, Colin Wilson, Andrew Collins, Robert Temple, and Robert Bauval have entered the scene a conspiracy to inflate an already tumescent ongoing within a conspiracy of a conspiracy exist and that these men have artlessly infilitrated and monopolize their worldviews of the Ancient Times into a well-crafted and methodically driven manifesto that has now conquered that wishing upon a miraculous discovery, the discovery that there is something more lingering, something more ineffable that we as a species desire to connect with. And it is this desperation to believe in the seemingly implausible and extraordinary that we begin to become scathed by our own fanciful flies of fancy that an unsuspecting mind loses the battle to objective reason and chooses to rather, extend one’s hand out to the unknown and unheard of. I perhaps count myself among an audience of these ceaselessly pursuing truth-seekers. Let us see where Picknett’s work takes us in the future. As notoriously as it may sound maybe it’s as simple as Fox Mulder’s office poster in the X-Files puts it, “I want to believe.”