Eugene Mallove

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Eugene Franklin Mallove (1947 – 2004) was an aeronautical and astronautical engineer, a science writer and a proponent of Free Energy. On the principle of de mortuis nil nisi bonum dicenda est, let's just say some of his ideas were unconventional.

Mallove is worshiped as a virtual martyr by Free Energy loonies such as Tom Bearden and Richard Hoagland (Brian O'Leary, too, before his own death in 2011.)[1] Because Mallove's death was premature and violent, he was obviously murdered by the entrenched and powerful interests of Big Energy. People with an open mind can see that so clearly that it needs no further debate.

Bearden wrote "Since Mallove was increasingly successful in his attempts to make cold fusion accepted by the scientific community at large… then obviously Mallove was an unacceptable threat and he had to go."[2] O'Leary wrote "Most of us in the field believe that this murder was an assassination." Hoagland, speaking on Coast to Coast AM, said "I am confident tonight that this [research] will go on — that this [murder] is [just] a desperate, stupid, insane act of “something” [to try to stop this research] – but, I can’t believe it’s just “coincidence."[3]

Professional activities[edit]

Mallove was a vigorous proponent of cold fusion, and founded Cold Fusion magazine in 1994. The mag changed its name to Infinite Energy a year later, and Mallove served as its editor until his death.

He was a conspiracy theorist to the extent that he believed that the scientists who made the original "cold fusion" announcement, Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann, were the victims of an organized campaign by Big Physics to ridicule their cold fusion research. In his major literary work, Fire from Ice, Mallove contended that the pair had genuinely demonstrated cold fusion, and that it could have been the basis of a bona fide industry had it not been suppressed.

Mallove was also the author or co-author of several science papers on space travel. The solar sail and the Bussard ramjet were two of his ideas for travel beyond the solar system.

Because his ideas were so unconventional, he obviously had to be a guest on the woo-radio show Coast to Coast AM, promoting cold fusion and "aether energy."[4]

Mallove's final publication, shortly before his death, was in the form of an open letter "TO ALL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD who have open-minded curiosity, good will, good judgment, and imagination." It was an appeal for support for New Energy science and technology.[5]

Death[edit]

Eugene Mallove was murdered by intruders at his former home in Norwich, Connecticut, on 14 May 2004. Chad Schaffer, whose parents Mallove had recently evicted, was the principal perpetrator,[6] abetted by Mozelle Brown.[7] Schaffer copped to manslaughter on 20 April 2012[8] and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Brown was convicted of murder in October 2014 and got 58 years.[9]

These facts are, of course, denounced by Free Energy loonies to whom Mallove is a martyr. Obviously, Big Physics and Big Energy between them are quite powerful enough to have conjured up these two men and arranged to have them convicted in the courts of law. Piece of cake.Do You Believe That?

This preposterous daydream might have a modicum of logic if Mallove had been, say, actually developing a cold fusion machine which looked like being on the verge of breakthrough to net power. In fact, he was developing nothing and his activity was merely reporting and promoting the work of others. Somehow, the combined forces of Big Energy and Big Physics omitted to assassinate anyone who was actually developing a free energy device.

Publications[edit]

  • Eugene F. Mallove (1991). Fire from Ice: Searching for the Truth Behind the Cold Fusion Furor. Wiley Science Editions (illustrated ed.). John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-471-53139-5. 
  • Eugene F. Mallove and Gregory L. Matloff (1989). The Starflight Handbook (illustrated ed.). John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition. ISBN 978-0-471-61912-3. 
  • Eugene F. Mallove (1987). The Quickening Universe (illustrated ed.). St Martins Pr; 1 edition. ISBN 978-0-312-00062-2. 

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