Mark A. Carter

 

INFECTION, delusion, and alien invasion

World famous Canadian Science Fiction novelist Mark A. Carter writes about alien invasion, microbial infection, creativity, and delusion. Oh my ...

Here we are at the beginning of 2017 and what have I done lately? Well, mostly nothing. I have spent the better part of 2016 being drugged on low dose codeine while I nursed a seemingly perpetual sore on the ball of my right foot exacerbated by diabetes. I can't tell you how many times it's been debrided, which, for those of you who are unaccustomed to the term, means minor surgery to cut off dead tissue. Over the past two years I have also been on a mostly steady course of antibiotics ranging from Cephalexin and Metronidazole to Ciprofloxacin to ward away infection in my right foot. And, I believe, the antibiotics have suppressed my creativity. Each time I go on antibiotics, I can't write. Every time I go off antibiotics, the writing starts up again. So, here are a few thoughts:

We are full of bugs. Not the six-legged kind, although, in some cases, even them. I'm talking bacteria, protozoans, and viruses. And it may explain a lot.

The prevailing theory for years has been that the human microbiome has a ratio of 10:1 bacterial to human cells, as estimated by Thomas D. Luckey in a 1970 paper. But, as of January 2016, that figure has been revised by Ron Milo from the Weizmann Institute of Science to a 1.3:1 ratio or 39 trillion microbial cells to 30 trillion human cells. So, I would like to propose the theory that I owe my creativity to bacteria.

 

Toxoplasma gondii

In other words, it is the combined intelligence of trillions of bacteria who have written my novels while I have merely been the external means of achieving their goals. It explains why I haven't been able to write in the last two years while on constant antibiotics. It may also explain my bête noires during that time and my shouts of "help me" into the night. It wasn't me shouting. It was the bacteria screaming "help me" via the microbiome-gut­brain axis.

Just so you know: the microbiome-gut-brain axis includes the central nervous system, the neuroendocrine and neuroimmune systems including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, the sympathetic and parasympathetic arms of the autonomic nervous system including the enteric nervous system, the vagus nerve, and the gut microbiota.

My cries of "help me" were actually their cries, the cries of trillions of bacteria suffering a microscopic bacterial holocaust. So, in a way, my Doctors and I are both culpable of applying biological weapons of mass destruction on an interior battlefield.

What I am suggesting is that we are symbiotic organisms, we humans, living with the bugs in our guts. Symbiosis occurs elsewhere in nature. Lichen, for example, that lives in abundance in Canada, is a compound organism of algae and/or cyanobacteria living among filaments of fungus in a symbiotic relationship. Each derives a benefit from the association. What I am saying is that the bacteria in us, taken together, play a beneficial role in breaking down the food we eat so it can be absorbed, including some essential vitamins; whereas, we provide them with ample food, heat, and a protected environment in which to thrive. But I am also suggesting that they may also influence our thinking. What is thinking, after all, than electrical signals influenced by various chemicals? And, if anything, the microscopic creatures within us are masters of chemistry. So the scary thought is that we may actually not be us. We might actually not be in charge of our bodies or brains. It may be that, in some human beings, the bacteria and the protozoans are doing the thinking. And these microscopic creatures, and the crazy viewpoints they engender, might actually be in charge.

Yikes.

There is proof of such parasitic protozoan manifestation in people who own cats. And check, I did indeed own a Siamese cat years ago. Cats are prone to an infection called Toxoplasma gondii which does indeed migrate from cats to other animals, including human beings, infects the brain, forms cysts, and remains there for a lifetime. And yes, it does alter our thinking. Duh? It is a suspected cause of Schizophrenia. So, yes, cat people are apt to be crazy literally.

An example of how the Toxoplasma gondii parasite alters thinking in mice and rats is that these small rodents lose their natural fear of cats and, in fact, stand up to them and even show aggression toward them, as if. Now, that's just crazy. And it's the reason why infected humans become super aggressive.

It may explain the insanity of the Democratic Party in the U.S.A. Has anybody done a poll to see how many Democrats are cat owners? Perhaps Toxoplasmosis is the underlying reason why President Barack Hussein Obama in the U.S.A., Angela Merkel in Germany, and even Justin Trudeau here in Canada are letting Muslims into their respective countries in droves. Do they not see the danger? Is their Toxoplasmosis making them deluded to the fact that we are being invaded?

Science Fiction has played with the concept of alien invasion for years. In the 1953 film War of the Worlds, directed by Byron Haskin for Paramount Pictures, based on the 1897 novel by H.G. Wells, malevolent aliens invade Earth. Our armies fail to stop them. And it is only the common cold that defeats them. In Lifeforce, the 1985 film based on the 1976 novel The Space Vampires by Colin Wilson, malevolent aliens travel to Earth in a spaceship hidden in the tail of Halley's Comet. And, as the old name for comet suggests, they bring disaster to Earth every seventy-six years.

But the most insidious type of infection / invasion is spontaneous repopulation. It's what occurs in the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, directed by Don Siegel, based on the 1954 novel by Jack Finney. Alien spores fall from space, grow into pods, and replace human beings while they slumber; whereas, the original humans shrivel, die, and are discarded. Spontaneous repopulation is also the revelation behind the alien conspiracy in the 1998 film The X-Files: Fight the Future, written by Chris Carter and directed by Rob Bowman, concerning the alien oil, the secret contract with the aliens, and the impending Colonization. It comes as a shocking epiphany to the Well-Manicured Man.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Strughold: We have been forced to reassess our role in Colonization by new effects in biology which have ... presented themselves.
 
First Elder: The virus has mutated.
 
Well-Manicured Man: Into what?
 
Strughold: A new Extraterrestrial Biological Entity.
 
Well-Manicured Man: My god!
 
Strughold: The geometry of mass infection presents certain conceptual re-evaluations for us about our place in the Colonization.
 
Well-Manicured Man: This isn't Colonization. This is spontaneous repopulation. All our work ... If it's true, they've been using us all along. We've been laboring under a lie.

So why are we not seeing the mass invasion of Canada, Europe, and the United States for what it is: an alien invasion? Oh sure, when the aliens are green, or shriveled and grey, or merely land their saucer on a baseball diamond, we recognize them as aliens and call in the army to eradicate them. But what is being done with these current alien invaders from the Middle East? Well, we just invite them in even though their professed goal is to make the entire world Muslim, even though they admit they are fighting a Holy War that they call Jihad, and even though their Holy Koran states that they are justified in killing us all.

Quran 8:12 ­ "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them."
 
Quran 9:5 ­ " ... then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush ..."

And if they can't kill us all, they will breed us out of existence. Does letting them into our countries sound like something sane people should do? Are our Democrat politicians crazy? Are so many of them infected with Toxoplasmosis-induced delusion that they cannot see the inevitable?

It's easy for those of us who can see clearly to say to those who can't: Wake up. Get rid of your cats. Take some Pyrimethamine and Sulfadiazine. Eat some Yogurt. And come to your senses.

But alas ...

"Common sense is not so common."
François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire)
Dictionnaire Philosophique (1764)

Read: Aliens and Angels
Bible Aliens
Bug-eyed Monsters
Centipedes and Homo Sapiens
Create a New Universe
Rectal Probe
Red-eyed Tree Frogs
Why we need Nuclear War.

Now you know.

from the imagination of Mark A. Carter - novelist

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