The Italian writer and journalist Peter Kolosimo, born Pier Domenico Colosimo (Modena, 1922 - Milan, 1984), is considered one of the pioneers of mysterious archeology and paleoufology (the Ancient Astronaut theory) together with Robert Charroux and Walter Raymond Drake and well ahead of Erich von Däniken.
A well-known communicator, he was one of the most popular Italian writers in the world in the 1970s, so much so that his works have been all widely published and translated in 60 countries, including Russia, Japan, and China.
It is said that much of the success of his theories, was due to the meeting-confrontation with Soviet scientists including Matest Agrest who first hypothesized the existence of the prehistoric astronauts
Man and his work: who's Peter Kolosimo?
A native of Modena, son of a Calabrian-born carabinieri general and an American woman, he studied and lived for a long time in Bolzano and this allowed him to speak indifferently in Italian, German or English.
He graduated from the University of Leipzig in modern Germanic philology.
Be found involved in the Second World War, enlisted in the Wehrmacht as the inhabitants of South Tyrol could opt for Germany and he chose to enlist with the Germans because they seemed "better equipped" and it was in the Third Reich that he heard about the mysteries at which the Nazis were interested in, from occultism to unknown civilizations.
Then adhering to communism, after the war he began working as a journalist and as a foreign correspondent for the newspaper l'Unità, announcing the launch of Sputnik I a month earlier and first giving the news of Valentina Tereškova's space flight.
He was the only Italian journalist present at the proclamation of the German Democratic Republic in October 1949.
During the 1950s, he published some science fiction stories under the pseudonym Omega Jim and had a regular column in the astronautics and science fiction magazine "Oltre il Cielo" (Beyond the Sky), in which he expounded the basics of the theories that he would later develop in his numerous books, starting with from The Unknown Planet (1957).
In 1961 he met his future wife Caterina, with whom he published some of the latest books.
In the sixties he devoted himself to the popularization of various pseudoscientific theories: one of his strong points was the theory of the ancient astronauts.
He argued that in the roots of human civilization there was a source of archaic knowledge, the legacy of a superior culture, probably of extraterrestrial origin.
The constructive expertise of the ancient populations would therefore have been the result of the use of alien technologies, transmitted to human beings by some civilization from other worlds whose evidence was to be found in the mysteries that surround the Pyramids of Giza, the Nazca lines, Stonehenge and the pre-Columbian civilizations.
In 1969 Kolosimo won the Bancarella Award with the best-selling book "Not of This World", an essay on the OOPArts findings scattered around the world and collected by him as a study of Clypeology.
In his opinion man is a link in an evolutionary chain that began "elsewhere" in the cosmos and then continued on Earth: since the most remote times, beings from other planets would have stopped over on Earth, accompanying the history of humanity step by step.
The SugarCo publishing house in Milan published the writer's greatest successes in the special series "Unknown universe".
From November 1972 to October 1973, the Sugar editions also published the magazine Pi Kappa (from the initials of the writer's stage name, who was the creator and editor in charge), which took up the themes he developed in his books, including mysterious archeology, parapsychology, astronautics, ecology and exobiology.
In Stellar Odyssey (1978), Ulysses' wanderings become a set of myths, traditions, memories of historical events, transposed into another world and into another time, reconstructed by the author identifying innumerable parallels with legends of other cultures and peoples, but also shocking correspondences with events, characters, animals and places not quite so far from reality: so the island of Calypso would be identified in Madeira, the figure of Circe would coincide with that of Ishtar in the Mesopotamian poem of Gilgamesh and the sea monsters and incredible creatures who attacked Ulysses' crew really exist in the world.
Kolosimo was also founder and coordinator of the "Associazione studi preistorici Italia-RDT" (Association of Prehistoric Studies Italy) and wrote essays on sexology, the interpretation of dreams and the history of alchemy.
He died in 1984 in Milan, where he taught at the Società Umanitaria.
His works were partly reprinted in the nineties and since 2004 the publishing house Mursia has acquired the rights to the complete work of Kolosimo and has republished its main texts.
When they spotted flying saucers, on the radio sometimes they called me, I found myself dealing with crazy people, who believe in these things blindly, see the Venusians beautiful blond and tall, see the Martians worried about the atomic explosions and see the Saturnians rushing to Earth to conquer it, in short, all these guff, I found myself a couple of times to deal with these guys, completely crazy, like that Sicilian who on the slopes of Etna had a villa and gathered around him his faithful...»
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