Where did the theory of aliens building the pyramids actually come from? Since the late 19th century, science fiction writers have imagined Martians and other alien lifeforms engaged in great feats of terrestrial engineering. Earlier alien theories surrounding Atlantis may have spawned fantasies about alien building. Still, It's funny how only Europe doesn't have ancient ruins except for Stonehenge and that's a little underwhelming, well it kind of seems like the "Ancient Aliens" must have hated them! For blacks of the diaspora it seems more likely that Eurocentrists couldn’t find the Caucasian Lost Tribe that books of the 19th century posited began humankind (Atlantis, Lemuria etc...) so they had to switch to aliens in fact they want to make it anyone but black people! lol
This alien stuff is not new, in the early 19th century it was "weird horror" that masked the racist tropes of the day and was based on the fear of the rise of black people. H.P. Lovecraft was a turn-of-the-20th-century author whose works were a key part of the subgenre of horror that would come to be known as “Weird fiction.” Born in Providence in 1890, Lovecraft grew up with an agonizing fear of both death and mental collapse. When he was 3 years old, his father had a psychological breakdown, probably related to syphilis, and Lovecraft moved in with his mother’s wealthy family.
His father’s confinement in an asylum and his maternal grandmother’s death were looming events of his childhood, and Lovecraft became obsessed with the fear that he, too, might experience a psychological breakdown. As a teen he suffered severe social anxiety , agoraphobia, and poured himself into voracious reading horror fiction and astronomy.
Although Lovecraft was extremely well-read, between his family’s financial decline and what seem to have been his own episodes of mental illness, he never graduated high school. By this time his mother also began to experience signs of psychological breakdown. Lovecraft was in his late 20s, and his fear of mental illness, his raging xenophobia, and his fixation on the cosmos as a reflection for all the dread he felt were well established through his writing eg. portals opening where ancient Gods with names like Cthulu rhymes with Zulu come to kill all humanity especially extremely pale white folks!
(It’s not clear where Lovecraft’s racism and xenophobia originated, though his upbringing may naturally have had a lot to do with it. Even his biographer S.T. Joshi notes that Lovecraft’s love of science wouldn’t have supported his views, since “the fact is that by 1930 every ‘scientific’ justification for racism had been demolished.” What is clear is that by the early 1930s, Lovecraft was passionately espousing his racist viewpoints in letters to friends, defending white lynch mobs, and showering Hitler with praise that may seem eerily familiar these post Trump days: “I know he’s a clown but god I like the boy!” Lovecraft remarked about Adolph Hitler).
By that time, he’d also established himself as a writer by writing for to the magazine medium commonly referred to as pulp fiction. The main aspect of Lovecraft's racism in his works are based around his fears, namely, his traditionalism fear of change immigrants, and his fear of race -mixing miscegenation and cultural exchange. In short if he were alive today he would be wearing a MAGA hat and burning books!
The most substantial evidence for non-earthly creatures arrived in the wake of H.G. Wells’ success. It’s clear that in The Time Machine, the Time Traveler immediately favors the Elois over the Morlocks, and in fact he “instinctively [loathes] them” . The Time Traveler comes from a wealthy background, as it is made noticed in the novel that he has servants, this exhibits that the Time Traveler more closely resembles the Elois except that his skin is white like the Morlocks and the Elois are brown hued and able to live on the surface of the planet.
He immediately sides with the Elois, not even bothering to learn about the Morlocks except for the fact that they eat people and have to live underground because sunlight kills them. This biased-thinking accurately reflects American behavior and how often people are unwilling to look at a situation through a neutral, unbiased lens. In the American modern society, parochial thinking has led to white supremacy movements. Similarly, in Dune, Herbert brings to light this white-savior complex throughout his novel through characterization with the protagonist, Paul Atreides, and the Fremen. In the poem “White Man’s Burden,” author, Rudyard Kipling, reveals how white people feel as though they must “take up the white man’s burden” and by doing so, they are “to serve [their] captives’ needs”.
In the novels, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and Dune by Frank Herbert, there are underlying tones of racism, classism,(White God's Savior) parochial thinking, and ignorance, which leads to the common themes of manifest destiny, racism and division within modern societies.