CHARIOTS OF THE GODS

THE 70 MILLION WORLDWIDE BESTSELLING BOOK

Upon its publication in 1968, Chariots Of The Gods™ shattered conventional theories about history and archaeology, caused a sensation and became a monumental, global bestseller. Chariots Of The Gods™ hypothesised that aliens had repeatedly visited Earth thousands of years ago, influencing early civilisations, changing the course of human history and then leaving with the promise they would return one day.

Most incredible of all is von Däniken’s theory that we are the descendants of these galactic pioneers, and he reveals that religious texts, cave drawings, stone sculptures, pyramids and monuments of the great ancient civilisations should be viewed as evidence for the close encounter. These controversial theories shocked, excited and captivated public imagination. Chariots Of The Gods™ has withstood the test of time, sold over 70 million books worldwide, and to date, Erich’s works have been translated into 32 languages and published in more than 40 countries.

The iconic book has influenced and inspired many artists, creators, and innovators. Acclaimed director Ridley Scott has credited Chariots Of The Gods™ as the stimulus for his classic 1979 blockbuster smash, Alien and Prometheus, and the book has provided fertile ground for many more prolific individuals, including 3-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, War Of The Worlds, Indiana Jones), X-Files creator Chris Carter, George Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Most incredible of all is von Däniken’s theory that we are the descendants of these galactic pioneers, and he reveals that religious texts, cave drawings, stone sculptures, pyramids and monuments of the great ancient civilisations should be viewed as evidence for the close encounter. These controversial theories shocked, excited and captivated public imagination. Chariots Of The Gods™ has withstood the test of time, sold over 70 million books worldwide, and to date, Erich’s works have been translated into 32 languages and published in more than 40 countries.

The iconic book has influenced and inspired many artists, creators, and innovators. Acclaimed director Ridley Scott has credited Chariots Of The Gods™ as the stimulus for his classic 1979 blockbuster smash, Alien and Prometheus, and the book has provided fertile ground for many more prolific individuals, including 3-time Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg (Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, War Of The Worlds, Indiana Jones), X-Files creator Chris Carter, George Lucas’ Star Wars trilogy and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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FACTS

Over 70 million books sold

No.1 New York Times bestseller

Publications in 32 languages in more than 40 different countries

The original and most successful brand of it’s kind in history

An Oscar® nominated documentary feature called Chariots Of The Gods™ was a smash hit at the box office

Inspiration for various blockbuster movies & TV series

BLOCKBUSTER INSPIRATION

VIDEO PRESENTATION

ADAPTIONS

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1970

(SUN INTERNATIONAL)

CHARIOTS OF THE GODS

The Chariots Of The Gods™ documentary feature film was directed by Harald Reinl and nominated for an Oscar® for Best Documentary. The film grossed US$ 25,948,300 during its initial release. This equated to US$ 161,661,252 in 2017 Box Office.

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1972

(NBC)

IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS

In Search Of Ancient Astronauts was produced by Alan Landsburg and narrated by Rod Serling and received an Emmy nomination for Best Cultural Documentary. Within 48 hours of the show’s airing, more than 250,000 copies of The Chariots Of The Gods® had been sold.

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1973

(NBC)

IN SEARCH OF ANCIENT MYSTERIES

A second TV Special In Search Of Ancient Mysteries presented by Timex aired on NBC the following year. It was also produced by Alan Landsburg Productions and narrated by Rod Serling.

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1976

(HEMISPHERE PICTURES)

MYSTERIES OF THE GODS

Directed by Harald Reinl and narrated by William Shatner this feature documentary film was released in 1976. This documentary is also known as Miracles Of The Gods and William Shatner’s Mysteries Of The Gods.

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1993

(SAT1)

PATHWAY OF THE GODS

A 25-part TV documentary series produced by German SAT1 Group.

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1996

(ABC)

CHARIOTS OF THE GODS™ 
– THE MYSTERIES CONTINUE

Produced by Kane Productions International and aired by ABC Capital Cities Television Network.

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2010
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2019

(HISTORY CHANNEL)

ANCIENT ALIENS

One of the highest rated shows on History Channel with Erich von Däniken as guest star. 13 seasons and a total of over 147 episodes have been produced.