Clay Road Press Publishes Book Credited to Extraterrestrial Author: "The Universal Perspective of Humankind on Earth" by Yomon

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"The Universal Perspective of Humankind on Earth" by Yomon presents a stark view of humankind through the lenses of an extraterrestrial being and outlines what the species has to do to someday become a member of the Universal community.

The planet has become overpopulated. We need to expand before Earth runs out of the resources that we depend on. We must stop killing each other and start working together. That's what it's about.

Clay Road Press is pleased to announce the publication of a book credited to an extraterrestrial author named Yomon, a self-described "Universal traveler and observer" from the Sombrero Galaxy (Messier Object 104, M104, or NGC 4594). The book is titled "The Universal Perspective of Humankind on Earth" and is available at in print and electronic form.

Yomon claims to have observed humankind from afar for approximately 100 years, when humankind began transmitting wireless radio signals that were picked up by a system of relays that extraterrestrial beings use to communicate in real time over vast intergalactic distances. Over the past century, Yomon claims to have become a "fan" of human culture and sees humankind as a species with the potential to do great things, but also sees a species on the brink of self-destruction. With the human space probe Voyager 1 now having reached interstellar space with a message to intelligent extraterrestrial life, Yomon felt that now is the appropriate time to contact humankind directly. After unsuccessfully attempting to contact the SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), Yomon used the human Internet, accessible via satellite in outer space, to make direct contact.

"SETI's loss is our gain," says Clay Road Press editor Reinhardt Wolfe. "Our marketing division Alien Media Marketing received an email message containing a very rough translation of the report Yomon submitted to the Universal Database. Obviously we were quite skeptical at first, and in fact some of us still are, but it was a compelling work, so we decided to edit it and put it in print."

"The Universal Perspective of Humankind on Earth" presents a very basic history of Sol in relation to the formation of Universe (the universe and other celestial bodies are referred to with proper names, as they are also considered living beings), and the formation of Sun, Earth, and the eventual emergence of humankind. Yomon sees humankind as a species that, despite its intelligence and accomplishments, has not yet been able to overcome its "primitive savagery". Humankind is now stuck at a crossroads, Yomon explains, and must start moving forward again before it gets run over by the vehicle of extinction. Earth has become overcrowded, and humankind must begin to expand and colonize by using the limitless resources available in space. However, in order to do so, humankind must stop killing each other, achieve peace, and work together to accomplish this goal.

Yomon writes: "It is obvious to any observer that, while you are an intelligent and interesting species, you are also intolerant and oppressive and are on the verge of destroying yourself if you continue to deny the rights of all individuals within your society to live freely and peacefully. You must understand, humankind, that you cannot behave in Universal society as you have on Earth."

Yomon's view of humankind is brutally honest, unflattering, appreciative, humorous, and revealing of the frustration one feels towards another who has great potential but is not willing to make the effort to fulfill it.

"It reminds me a little of Daniel Quinn's 'Ishmael', except with an alien instead of a gorilla," Wolfe says. "Yomon doesn't pull any punches. World peace may seem like a pipe dream to us, but it has now become necessary. It can no longer be a dream. It needs to become real or else we're screwed. If it takes an alien to tell us that, then so be it.

"Whether you believe it or not, it's an interesting read. I always thought about what we would do if we were the aliens contacting life on a planet in which we discovered intelligent life to exist. What would we do? Would we invade? Would we crash our UFO in one of their deserts? No. We would observe. And then at some point we would attempt to communicate. And this is what Yomon is attempting to do. Whether you believe it or not, the main message is real and true. We really do have to start working together to make this happen. The planet has become overpopulated. We need to expand before Earth runs out of the resources that we depend on. We must stop killing each other and start working together. That's what it's about. There is nothing more truthful than that."

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