| Foreword to Alice Miller’s Index to the Works of Immanuel
Mrs. Alice Miller, unknown to me, worked for over six years on the composition of this Index. In December of 1970 she wrote me a letter expressing her appreciation of my work and her desire to be of assistance, vaguely mentioning her ability to work on indexing. I am not certain that I have answered her letter, since through the years 1 was unable to reply to every one of my readers-correspondents.
Then, a few months ago, I was surprised by the arrival of a large envelope, containing the 278-page Index. I was unaware that through all the six intervening years Mrs. Miller labored on the project she had faintly indicated in her letter of 1970. It came at a time when I discussed with a few of my close collaborators the necessity of a work of preparation of an “Index of Deviations” (or “Innovations”) that would serve as a guide to those who would undertake the ambitious project of preparing material for a thorough overhaul of the existing encyclopedias and textbooks in numerous fields touched upon by the heresy born in the first years of World War II and brought to the attention of the scholarly world and of the literati (the reading and thinking public) between 1950 and 1960.
Today the heresy of that decade is occasionally found as accepted truth in conventional texts, but usually without a reference to the iconoclast who first offered it - and did so not in a piecemeal way, but in the course of a reconstruction of events in nature and history not of grey antiquity, but of the times when man could record the events and did so in many languages; actually all the ancient civilizations left records of the same events, as did also nature in records of bones and stones.
The oneness of these great fields, of natural and cultural histories, came to light, and so to the consciousness of the readers. In this process many an enshrined law proved to be only an assumption - and often a wrong assumption at that: and what was considered as ancient history down to Hellenistic times showed itself to be but a web of baseless speculations.
The work of Alice Miller will be of inestimable value to researchers in various topics dealt with in my published books and articles, and, as I just said, is already preparing the way for the summation of that achieved synthesis - by itself only a beginning of a new world view.
13 June 1977
*Index to the Works of Immanuel Velikovsky by Alice Miller 278 pages. $30.00. 1977. ISBN: 0-917994-07-8. Published by Kronos Press