Sunday, December 14, 2014

Is Voltes V Influenced By The Ancient Astronaut Theory?

Even though it is barely implied in the series, is it correct to assume that the Voltes V series is nonetheless has some ancient astronaut theory or ancient alien theory influences? 

By: Ringo Bones 

The distance between planet earth and planet bozania may be 4,324 parsecs or 14,096.24 light years, which means a radio message sent from earth traveling at the speed of light – 186,000 miles per second - will take a little over 14,000 years to reach bozania. And despite such vast distances, current theoretical physics, especially the one put forth by Prof. Miguel Alcubierre, points out that such vast distances can be traversed by intelligent beings possessing “warp” travel technology that allows then to travel almost 10,000 times faster than light without breaking Laws of Relativity put forth by Albert Einstein. Such hints of fantastic future technologies is primarily the basis of the ancient astronaut theory / ancient alien theory first put forth by Charles Fort in 1919 but was made famous around the world by Erich Von Däniken when he published his book “Chariot of the Gods?” back in 1968. 

To those unfamiliar with the concept, ancient astronaut theory / ancient alien theory claims that intelligent technologically advanced life-forms visited earth in ancient times and profoundly affected the development of human civilization. Even though no such event happened in Voltes V. The setting of the story in theyear 1989 when it was first aired in 1977 suggests that technologically advanced extraterrestrial beings capable of faster-than-light interstellar travel are readily willing to help us earthlings to advance our preexisting scientific capabilities – although in Voltes V, the purpose is to prepare the human race defend ourselves from an alien threat. 

Even though it is very hard to ignore the influence of ancient alien theory / ancient astronaut theory as a literary device in almost every work of science fiction published around the end of World War II and its peak during the 1960s Age of Aquarius, many a good science fiction with a large following and ones with a “cult following” – i.e. Voltes V in the Philippines – seems to have owed its existence to Erich Von Däniken’s “Chariots of the Gods?”. At least this concept is a sure-fire way to sell science fiction.