My Life is an X-Files Episode
|Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully|
TV shows are supposed to enable us to escape reality. Which is why I never liked the X-Files. Every episode of X-files I did watch bears so many similarities to my own life that it is really quite disturbing. I find myself wondering whether Chris Carter, the show's creator, is somehow spying on my life.
In hopes of getting to the bottom of this weird coincidence, I needed to know where the writers of X-files,especially the show's creator Chris Carter, were getting their material. I looked up 'Chris Carter' on the internet. I found out that Chris Carter and I were a year apart in age, and we had similar upbringings, and we shared many of the same interests, particularly our interest in investigating and writing about the paranormal and the supernatural.
|David Duchovny as Fox Mulder|
|What a team: He's no Gillian Anderson but I'm no David Duchovny|
The Fox Mulder and Dana Scully characters did investigate the connection between the sasquatch and the ETs like I did. It was not critcally acclaimed but they did do a bigfoot episode. I have not seen it. Nor do I want to. My life is a bigfoot episode. Actually, my life is is more of a hybrid combination of Animal Planet's 'Finding Bigfoot' and Fox's 'X-files'. I spent fifteen years investigating bigfoot reports off-and-on before the show Finding Bigfoot ever aired. When it did appear, it was also so disturbingly similar to my life I couldn't stand to watch it. Have spent so much time hanging out with Matt Moneymaker, Cilff Barackman, and Bobo, I noticed they also used some of my sayings and phrases. "I don't mind other guys going paranormal with their bigfoot research." Cliff is given to say. "That means I don't have to." Another one: "I don't chase bigfoot, anymore. I let bigfoot find me." It's weird when you hear your own words coming out of the TV's speakers.
Eventually, my pursuit of the bigfoot phenomenon widened to include the entire paranormal realm. That's when my life really went 'X-files'. I didn't let it bother me. Indeed, I realize that, if paranormal stuff makes a popular TV show, I should start writing some memoirs, that is, the 'X-files' elements in my own life story. So, I got busy and wrote what eventually became my latest book, Edges of Science. Now, it is done and published, and each of the the eleven chapters is essentially a real life episode of X-files from my own life.
|One of the illustrations by Alicia Bateman in Edges of Science|
I guess I don't care, anymore. I finally finished writing Edges of Science. It reads like a full season of X-files episodes. My view agrees perfectly with that of Agent Fox Mulder. The ETs are dug in to enclaves that are scattered throughout the earth. David Duchovny's character, Fox Mulder is right. Gillian Anderson's character, Agent Scully, the sexy skeptic, is wrong. Sexy, but wrong.
I should send Chris Carter a copy of Edges of Science, but it seems like he already has one. Most of my chapters mirror episodes of his iconic science fiction series. There's only one difference, and it's a big difference: Chris Carter's X-file TV show is all fake. It's great science fiction but it's still fiction.
Edges of Science, on the other hand, is fact. Every word of it actually happened to me. The pace is a little slower in real life. What Chris Carter portrays in an hour unfolds in my life in something like a year. So, in about fifteen years I lived about a full season of X-files episodes. Which is why I cannot watch X-files and why I cannot watch 'Finding Bigfoot' very much, either. For me, it's all too real. I watch TV to escape my life, not to relive it.
Maybe I'll watch some 'House' reruns instead.
|Cover art by Guy Edwards|