Unidentified: A Science-Fiction Thriller

I shifted in my chair and took another swig of water, finishing the bottle. This next part would reveal information I was certain only a few handfuls of people in the audience would know about.

“Which brings me to a piece of recent history that I think solidly anchors all of this into some kind of surreal reality. What I and others have called the UFO patents. Just in case you don’t think what I’ve already shared is strange enough.

“I’ll focus on two of these patents, both issued in 2018,” I said to Mark Russell’s audience. “The first is entitled, Craft Using an Inertial Mass Reduction Device. This one involves an aerospace-underwater craft of incredible speed and maneuverability. A vehicle capable of flying just as well in space, air, or water without leaving a heat signature.

“Sound familiar? If you’re thinking this patent has to have come from the reverse engineering of an alien craft, you aren’t alone.”

I paused for effect as I put the title pages of both patents on the screen.

“The how of it all is quite interesting, taking me back to my grad school days. The invention involves the creation of a quantum vacuum around a vehicle using a dense, spinning, electromagnetic energy field. Such a quantum vacuum would repel matter that would otherwise impede the craft, greatly reducing the ship’s inertia, decreasing resistance, and leading to extreme speeds.”

I smiled. “Let me read you a sentence from the actual, issued patent. I’m a science fiction writer, and even I wouldn’t have been crazy enough to write a sentence this bold. Here it is: this invention would also enable us to ‘engineer the fabric of our reality at the most fundamental level.’

“That’s in the actual patent. Really! You can find the patent and read it for yourself. All you have to do is Google its official USPTA number, which is US10144532B2.”

I put the patent title page on the screen, along with its number, and asked Mark Russell if we could pause for a few seconds to let his audience find it if they wanted, and he enthusiastically agreed.

“Incredible!” whispered the host less than a minute later. “I have a feeling heads are exploding across America right now as members of our audience see this patent with their own eyes. I thought I was up to speed on everything UFO related. But apparently not.”

I breathed a sigh of relief. I had hoped this part of the show would wow the audience, and this was looking to be the case.

“Pretty surreal, isn’t it?” I said. “So let me direct you to patent number two. This is entitled, ‘Electromagnetic Field Generator and Method to Generate an Electromagnetic Field.’

“And the purpose of this invention?” I asked. “Basically, to deflect asteroids and to use as a force field against military attacks.”

I allowed a shallow smile to crawl across my face. “Again, I wouldn’t blame anyone for thinking I was making this up. But let me quote from the patent itself. ‘It is a feature of the present invention to provide a method and apparatus for generating an impenetrable defensive shield.’

“Impenetrable defensive shield?” I said incredulously. “Impenetrable is a mighty strong word to put in an actual patent that’s been issued by the actual US Patent and Trademark Office, isn’t it? And for those of you with interest, this patent’s number is US10135366B2. I’ll wait again if anyone cares to take a look.”

There was another fairly long silence, finally punctuated by the host once again. “Jason, this is absolutely astonishing,” he said. “I mean, I have no words. I’d think this was a joke, but the US patent office isn’t known for its sense of humor.”

I raised my eyebrows again. “It gets even more interesting,” I said. “The patent assignee on these radical patents is the US Navy itself, with the author being an aerospace engineer at the Naval Air Warfare Center.

“According to documents at the patent office, the Navy’s application for the hybrid aerospace-underwater craft was initially rejected. No surprise there, right? The patent examiner didn’t use the word ludicrous, but who could blame him if he had?”

I leaned toward the camera with a conspiratorial expression. “But the story doesn’t end there,” I continued, lowering my voice to add to the drama. “Because I did say these patents were issued, didn’t I? So what happened? Turns out that after this patent was rejected, the Navy’s chief patent attorney, Mark O. Glut, appealed the decision. He apparently submitted further, unspecified documentation that assured the patent office that the craft was ‘enabled.’

“What does enabled mean? It means that he convinced the examiner that such a craft could actually be built. That it could actually perform as described.”

If this didn’t cause jaws to drop to the floor, nothing ever would. “And there’s still more. Because the Navy’s Chief Technical Officer also wrote to the patent examiner claiming that the Chinese were already ‘investing significantly’ in these technologies. Which makes you wonder if they aren’t ahead of us in the reverse engineering department.”

At this point I paused to answer a few questions about the Nimitz encounter and these patents and then moved on from 2004.

I didn’t describe subsequent sightings in nearly the detail I had used to describe the Nimitz encounter, but these made it clear that the Nimitz encounter had just been the tip of the iceberg.

I first quoted from an article entitled, Multiple F-18 Pilots Disclose Recent UFO Encounters, New Radar Tech Key in Detection. This described a widespread sensor upgrade on ships and jets beginning with the Nimitz Carrier group, which had led to a steady parade of sightings by the military, each uncannily similar to the one I had just described.

I then read excerpts from additional articles, with titles I showed on the monitor, such as, Navy Pilots Were Seeing UFOs on an Almost Daily Basis in 2014 and 2015, and Recent UFO Encounters With Navy Pilots Occurred Constantly Across Multiple Squadrons.”

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