Sinister Barrier - Fiction?


The Living Force
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Sinister Barrier (A little light reading).

This sci-fi novel by Eric Frank Russell appearred in 1939 and is based on the works and ideas of Charles Fort. E F Russell was the British representative of the Fortean Society who met Fort on at least one occasion and was told that he (Fort) thought the human race was the property of an ever present alien(Hyperdimensional?) race.The novel itself was regarded by Russell as "fact-fiction" and the plot revolves around the waking up of scientists and investigaters to the reality of the manipulation of humanity throughout history by the Vitons, who had, hidden behind the scenes, treated humans like cattle, caused wars and general upheaval and fed on the resulting fears and emotions. (The milking).

If inclined, do a search with the words 'sinister barrier Charles Fort' for several articles containing more info.


"Swift death awaits the first cow that leads a revolt against milking"

There's a good synopsis on this site:

Sounds really interesting. I may have to check it out.

I also thought this was an interesting quote from Charles Fort

"The Earth is a farm. We are someone else's property."

Thanks for the suggestion


Based upon the recommendation above I did pick up this book, and can now vouch that it interesting and, in certain instances, prescient.

The premise is even further refined than has already been mentioned; the Vitons (4D STS-like creatures) feed on emotions from humans. While E F Russell based his notion upon Fort's idea that humans are "owned" by others, this could have been taken in a number of directions. Russell makes it clear that it is emotions that the Vitons are after.

He only briefly touches on the 4D element (page 152); otherwise, he utilises octaves (ala Gurdjieff & Ouspensky) and claims that the Vitons are multiple octaves above the light wavelength human eyesight can discern.

Wars, religions, corporations, etc. are all Viton-based creations which serve no other purpose than to milk human emotional energy. "Visions of holy virgins, or saints, or sinners..." are all Viton creations to trap the unsuspecting humans. (page 104)

He also has the idea that Vitons can change the thoughts of humans against their will, and that in fact there are quite a number of humans like this that are 'fed' directly from the Vitons. That is, the thoughts and responses of these 'humans' cannot be trusted, because they come directly from the Vitons. It wouldn't be a stretch to say this is along the lines of OP's.

The Vitons are ultra-blue ( = ultraviolet ) vampires (page 98), which is eerily similar to the UltraViolet vampires premise in the UK miniseries.

The book also gets into how the Vitons are trying to create hybrids with humans, and are doing genetic experimentation along these lines. It further gets into cattle (and other animal) mutilations.

Finally, Russell states that the only weapon to fight the Vitons is TRUTH: "Truth must be a weapon, else these creatures would have never gone to such drastic lengths to prevent it from becoming known. They fear the truth, therefore the world must learn the truth!" (page 78)

The prescient part referred to above is when Russell brings in the US Department of Propaganda, and it's semi-official organ The Washington Post. That was worth a small chuckle, for a pulp science fiction novel written around WWII. He gets into how the press does nothing but rape & distort the Truth, and can never be trusted (although he then proceeds to utilise the press to defeat the Vitons). He also explicitly mentions false-flag operations (page 90), which was a bit daring for 1948 I would guess.

The concept appears to have been sketched out by Russell in 1939 for Unknown magazine, and was then reworked & updated in 1948. It is a strange mish-mash of styles: supposedly set in 2015, the dialogue is right out of a bad B-grade film noir of the 50's.

Fair warning to all: while the ideas in the book appear to be well ahead of their time, this is NOT a well written book! However, at a short 176 paperback pages it cruises pretty quickly & effortlessly, and when you bear in mind when it is written it is fairly astounding (IMO).
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