When George Adamski — A Herald for the Space Brothers was published in 2010 and I was invited to give presentations about my work, to my amazement 80 to 90 per cent of the audiences had hardly or ever heard of George Adamski, and most of those who had only had a faint idea of who he was.

While this is a good indication of the effectiveness of the disinformation campaign aimed at the 1950s contactees in general, and Adamski in particular, and the ridicule and derision of Adamski’s character, motives, and methods that followed, it obscures the massive impact that his mission has had on 20th century culture. His books and photographs ‘normalized’ the notion of extraterrestrial visitors coming to Earth more than anyone else’s, even if he wasn’t believed.


FILM


VHS release of Stranger from Venus

Stranger from Venus (UK) / Immediate Disaster (US) (1954): Written by Adamski’s co-author Desmond Leslie. Produced on an extremely low budget, showing almost only people talking, in just three different settings, the film was never going to be a box office hit, even though it starred Patricia Neal (The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1951). It tells the story of a stranger who arrives at a rural inn amid reports of the sighting of a flying saucer. The stranger eventually explains that he has arrived to deliver a message to the leaders of Earth from his superiors who are on their way from the planet Venus, about the impending danger of the atom bomb: “Be very careful with this nuclear power thing you’ve just invented. You’re about to become a menace to other planets.” (More info.)


Easy Rider (1969): In one scene in this cult hit film of 1969, Billy (Dennis Hopper) tells his companions Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and UCLA lawyer George (Jack Nicholson) how he just saw a UFO, to which George replies with an expose taken straight from George Adamski’s books:

Screenwriter Terry Southern, who worked on the script with Fonda and Hopper, describes the origin of the scene: “The woman we employed to type the script had just come from Washington, D. C., where she had been an active member of a saucer-cult, founded by the late Adamsky [sic] – whose disciples claim to be in touch with Venusians. (…) Her attitude toward their presence was one of such total conviction, and her enthusiasm so fervent, that it had a very appealing effect. I recorded several of these soliloquies, had a transcript made of the tape and gave it to Hopper, along with the script, before he went on location — where the sequence in question was filmed.” (Source: Terry Southern, letter to the New York Times books section, 7 June 1970 )


Rainbow Bridge (1971) is the registration of a ‘New Age’ gathering on Maui, Hawaii, in 1970, where Jimi Hendrix played one of his last concerts. Near the end of the film former Adamski co-worker Charlotte Blob speaks about Venusians who have secretly contacted the US government and offered a free and non-polluting energy system, and because that would be a threat to the vested financial and economic powers, the ET presence was covered in secrecy.


LITERATURE


In addition to the script for Stranger from Venus and three other films, Desmond Leslie wrote five novels and two satires. About his 1958 novel The Amazing Mr Lutterworth he said that it “was 75 per cent non-fiction … and the principal character of the plot was, of course, George Adamski.” Published in hardcover and paperback editions, the fictional story follows Mr Lutterworth as he tries to remember his mission to save humanity from the consequences of corporate greed by providing all the nations of the world with an extraterrestrial device for the production of unlimited energy. The story is interspersed with matter-of-fact references to the cosmic philosophy of Universal Law as expounded in Adamski’s teachings.

Announcement in Flying Saucer Review, January/February 1959

GRAPHIC NOVELS


Adamski’s desert encounter has been turned into several graphic novels over the years. One early one was a French novel titled Le dossier des Soucoupes Volantes by Jacques Lob and Robert Gigi (Dargaud, 1972), which was a literal depiction of the actual account. In 2011 there followed a US graphic novel titled Saucer Country by Paul Cornell and Goran Sudzuka (DC, 2011), which depicts the uninformed general perception of Adamski as a fraud.

Lob and Gigi, Le dossier des Soucoupes Volantes

MUSIC


The English DJ, musician, singer and record producer Adam Paul Tinley, prominent at the time of ‘acid house’ for several tracks and a collaboration with the artist Seal, created his stage name after George Adamski, and published tracks with titles such as ‘The Space Jungle’ (1990) and ‘Intravenous Venus’ (1998).


SCOUT SHIP MODELS


George Adamski’s iconic photographs of a Venusian scout ship from December 1953 inspired various model manufacturers.


SCOUT SHIP MODEL KITS


In the last quarter of the 20th century at least four different Japanese manufacturers produced scale models of the Venusian scout ship that became iconic through Adamski’s photographs and films. The last of these model kits (scale 1/60) was marketed as recently as 2000 and included a brief reference on the box to Adamski’s 1952 desert encounter. This model kit was re-introduced in February 2014 for the English speaking market by Atlantis. Also in April 2014 a new model kit (scale 1/48) was introduced by Hand&Head of Korea.


CIGARETTE LIGHTERS


Further evidence of Adamski’s enduring popularity in Japan are two different models Zippo lighters commemorating the 1952 desert encounter.
    According to Tony Brunt, Adamski’s Danish co-worker Major Hans C. Petersen “admired Adamski’s balanced personality – the fact that he was a New Age kind of guy but also a red-blooded man’s man” who not only “entertained a deep veneration of the Creator, Nature … his fellow man and … Cosmic Laws,” but also liked a drink and a smoke. In fact, in Inside the Space Ships, Adamski describes how, “through sheer force of habit, I reached for [my cigarettes]. Observing this, the little lady from Venus smiled and said, ‘You may smoke if you like. I will get you a receptacle for your ashes. You see, only Earth people indulge in that odd habit!’ I thanked her and returned the package to my pocket without taking a cigarette.” (p.65)


VIDEO GAMES


According to the Wikipedia entry on George Adamski, there are now [2019] six games which use Adamski’s name in some way, mostly based on the prevailing notion that Adamski was a con man. For instance, in a game titled Hunter: The Vigil (2008), Taskforce Valkyrie’s “Operation Adamski works with information. Specifically, disinformation. By spreading around obviously bogus photos and stories through the many madmen on the internet and in the world, ADAMSKI disorients the obvious truth seekers trying to break through the deception.”
Speaking of which . . . see: His reputation.

The Battle Cats (2011), Area 22 level ‘Adamski Type’

POSTAGE STAMPS


Equatorial Guinea issued a postage stamp in 1974 featuring a flying saucer that was clearly inspired by Adamski’s iconic scout ship photograph, celebrating “interplanetary collaboration”.

In 1978 Grenada issued these postage stamps, featuring an artist’s rendition of two of George Adamski’s photographs of space craft, the Venusian scout craft (top right), photographed in December 1952; and the formation flying by the moon (centre right) which he photographed 29 May 1950. The series was issued in part as a result of Grenada’s then-Prime Minister Eric Gairy’s effort to organise a United Nations-based committee to research and investigate global UFO reports. Other renditions illustrate sightings in Germany in 1561, Washington DC in 1952 and the celestial phenomenon in Nuremberg in 1561. Prime minister Gairy was overthrown in a coup in 1978 and his UFO initiative was subsequently dismantled.

Japan issued a postage stamp that features a graphical rendition of a photo of Adamski and one of his famous scout ship photos (date unknown).

Other countries, too, have issued postage stamps featuring UFOs, among which the Maldives, Tadjikistan, Tanzania, Turkmenistan, and Kalmykia, whose former President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has famously spoken out about his experience on board a space craft in September 1997.


DOCUMENTARY


The Venusian scout ship photographed by Adamski features prominently in the announcements for Patrick Connelly’s upcoming film They Rode The Flying Saucers (in production), that is set to feature “original audio from the Contactees, original animation, and interviews with Contactees, scholars and authors who discuss how society of mid-century America influenced them, and what impact the Contactees had, even to this day.”