Cryptoscatology – a book about conspiracy

Finally, a scholarly book takes conspiracy theory seriously.  Yes, Robert Guffey does point out a few problems with some of the theories.  He debunks more than one.  On the other hand, he also demonstrates with evidence and logic that some conspiracy theories are at least partially true.

Robert Guffey is a lecturer in the English Department at California State University, Long Beach.  He has a web site at

Scatology, as many of you know, is the study of scat — excrement.  Crypto means secret or hidden, as in cryptology.

This book covers a wide range of topics, including the JFK assimilation and the Moon landings.  It also covers the strange experience of Philip K. Dick in 1974.

In fact, an entire chapter is devoted to the connection between science fiction and the intelligence community, beginning with H.G. Wells.  He points out the Wells published a book titled The New World Order in 1940.  Of course, the New World Order has become the subject matter of a variety of conspiracy theories, not all of them as wonky as you  might think.

Guffey discusses Cordwainer Smith (the pen name of Paul Linebarger), who came to believe that his science fiction stories were, in fact true, and that he had visited alien worlds populated with intelligent aliens.  Guffey suggests that Smith encoded messages in his books, messages that reveal the truth about the JFK assassination.

When discussing Philip K. Dick, he offers the speculation that a psy-ops agent named Michael Aquino had PKD under surveillance and perhaps under the influence of intelligence agents.  While Guffey discusses several science fiction authors, he gives the most space to PKD, including an examination of his friendship with Bishop James Pike.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.  For fans of science fiction, conspiracy theory or a good spy story (a true stoyr, ath that), Cryptoscatology is required reading.