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Zecharia Sitchin (Azerbaijani: Zaxariya Sitçin) (1920–2010) was a complete crank who believed in a "twelfth planet" called Nibiru that created all life on Earth. It is apparently a "yo-yo" planet that only shows up "every 3000 plus years", or something. It is also responsible for the asteroid belt. All of this is supposedly found in a prophecy written by the ancient Sumerians and confirmed in the Old Testament. He basically spliced together Immanuel Velikovsky's catastrophism with Erich von Däniken's ancient astronauts, using as a glue his own contribution to the mix - the long-period planet Nibiru and its inhabitants, the Anunnaki.
Somehow, he was convinced that he was moments away from being recognized as the most important scientist of all time.
A very partial list:
- The 12th Planet, 1976, ISBN 081281939X
- Official website
- Sitchin Is Wrong.com, written by a professional scholar of ancient Near East languages and cultures
- "Sitchin's Twelfth Planet", by Rob Hafernik
- "Forging the Pharoah's name?", by Martin Stower
- Sitchin's Sumerian Astronomy Refuted
- A Refutation of the Theories of Zecharia Sitchin, by Ian Lawton
- Position Papers
- AN ASTRONOMER'S ANALYSIS OF THE AKKADIAN SEAL
- The Pyramid Mystery
- Zecharia Sitchin's entry at the Skeptic's Dictionary
- Nibiru at http://www.cosmophobia.org/nibiru
- Velikovsky's Worlds in Colision came out in 1950, von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods - in 1968, and Sitchin's The 12th Planet - in 1976.
- "The Rush Back to Phobos"