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SIS Review Vol. V Number 4 (1984)


Dr Victor Clube: Cometary Catastrophes and the ideas of Immanuel Velikovsky 106

A distinguished astronomer expounds a new theory which could form a bridgehead between Velikovskian catastrophism and conventional uniformitarianism.

Martin Sieff: Velikovsky and his Heroes 112

A novel and provocative approach to Ages in Chaos, analysing Velikovsky’s historical writings from a literary and psychological perspective.

Dr John Bimson: The Years 763 and 687 BC 121

How sound is the evidence for dating a global upheaval to 687 BC? John Bimson re-examines the evidence and suggests that the date 763 BC may be a fruitful area for further research.



In Passing: Life off Earth, by Dr Trevor Palmer 102

Evidence for a Recent Super-comet  109

Ankylosis in the Chronology of Reconstructed History – a letter from Christoph Marx 120

Ramesside Star Tables – Errata 120


Earl Milton and M. Hamburger review Mankind in Amnesia by Immanuel Velikovsky  123

Michael Reade reviews Astronomical Dating of Babylon I and Ur III by Peter J. Huber  125

Eric Crew reviews Bombarded Earth by René Gallant  127

Peter Warlow reviews Pole Shift by John White  128

In Future Issues iv

Cover illustration – Bronze Age rock drawing from Shishkino, Lena Valley, Siberia, showing an eyeless cosmic monster about to swallow the Sun or Moon. See Clube’s remarks on the ancient fear of eclipses, p. 110 of this issue. (Source – A. P. Okladnikov: “The Petroglyphs of Siberia” Scientific American 221:2, 1969, pp. 74-82.)

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