Because my second Kestrel novel is called Alien Secrets, I set up a Google Alert for the title to capture any mentions. The last week or so it has been alerting me to the viral spread of Storm Area 51.
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Various attributed to Mickey Roberts or Jackson Barnes, someone created a Facebook event called Storm Area 51, They Can't Shoot Us All, scheduled for 20 September. He originally created it anonymously but had to come forward because of the response. He said it was a joke to see how many 'likes' he could get, but the last report I saw said almost two million people had signed up!
The reason I got the alerts was because they are looking for alien secrets. They plan to rescue the aliens held inside and reveal the UFOs to the world. This idea has been encouraged by films such as Independence Day and Paul.
On the back of this viral phenomenon several people have jumped on the bandwagon:
- One company is offering insurance to cover anyone who gets in but doesn't come out.
- An animal shelter in Orlando has published pictures of their dogs in tinfoil hats and is asking people to storm the shelter and adopt a dog.
- And there are two rival events, Storm the Bermuda Triangle, it can't swallow us all, and Storm Loch Ness, searching for the Loch Ness monster.
The sites in question have reacted with alarm, concerned about coping with large numbers of people, but Area 51 in particular has pointed out that storming it would be considered treason and possibly terrorism. In January this year a man was shot dead when he broke through the security gate.
Ann Marie Thomas is the author of four medieval history books, a surprisingly cheerful poetry collection about her 2010 stroke, and the science fiction series Flight of the Kestrel. Book one, Intruders, and book two Alien Secrets, are out now. Follow her at http://eepurl.com/bbOsyz