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Martin Sieff is a Belfast Anglo-Irish-Jewish journalist and historian,[1] a Defense Industry Editor for United Press international and three time Pulitzer Prize nominee for International Affairs.[2] In 1974, Martin Sieff, together with Brian Moore, Euan W. MacKie and Harold Tresman, co-founded the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies, and served as an associate editor of SIS Review, and then of its companion magazine SIS Workshop, until 1982. He then began an association with Catastrophism & Ancient History serving eventually as one of its senior editors.[3] Sieff has a Masters in Modern History from Oxford University (1972) specializing in modern U.S. history.[4]


On Velikovsky

Sieff writes:

"I became acquainted with Velikovsky's work in 1969 while I was still a young student at Exeter College, Oxford, through my friend, David Cohen, at that time a freshman at Oriel College, who had himself been introduced to it by Rabbi Sidney Leperer, the Jewish student chaplain at Oxford, whose immense erudition was, and is, only matched by his gentle kindness.
"My reaction on first reading Velikovsky echoed the great Romantic poet, John Keats, who, on first opening Chapman's Homer had remarked: "Then felt I as some watcher of the skies / When a new planet swims into his ken." A new universe had begun to open up to me. If Velikovsky was right, the underpinnings and assumptions of virtually every intellectual discipline needed to be radically rethought. The huge array of evidence he amassed, and his poetic mastery of it, carried conviction. "Truth," William Blake has written, "can never be told so as to be understood and not be believed."
"This was heady stuff, especially for a post-teenage baby-boomer in the late 60s. In some way, Velikovsky spoke powerfully to members of my generation. We were Promethean and daring, arrogant and irresponsible, ready to question all, convinced that our radical interpretations in politics and culture alike would quickly and surely serve to replace the outmoded structures we had inherited."[5]

Selected bibliography

  • "Velikovsky: The Score of Success", SIS Newsletter 1, April 1975
  • "Velikovsky: The Open Minded Approach", SIS Newsletter 2, September 1975
  • "In Defence of the Revised Chronology", Peter James & Martin Sieff, SIS Review v1 No. 1, January 1976
  • "Diana at Ephesus", Martin Sieff assisted by Peter James, SIS Review v1 No. 2, Spring 1976
  • "Planets in the Bible: I -- The Cosmology of Job", SIS Review v1 No. 4, Spring 1977
  • "The Two Jehorams", SIS Review v2 No. 3, Special Issue 1977/78
  • "Velikovsky and His Heroes", SIS Review v5 No. 4, 1984
  • "The Bible Through a King James Filter", SIS Workshop no. 1, March 1978
  • "Book Review", SIS Workshop no. 4, February 1979
  • "The Father of the Gods?", SIS Workshop vol.3 No.2, October 1980
  • "Voyager: Questions and Answers", SIS Workshop vol.3 No. 3, January 1981
  • "The Hittites in Israel", SIS Workshop vol.4 No.1, July 1981
  • "Assyria and the End of the Late Bronze Age", SIS Workshop vol.4 No. 2, September 1981
  • "Limited Fusion" and "Anode-Stars", SIS Workshop vol.4 No. 3, December 1981
  • "The Emerging Revision of Ancient History: Recent Research", Velikovskian vol. 2 No. 1, 1994
  • "The History Of The Revisionist Debate: A Personal View", Velikovskian vol. 3 No. 4, 1997
  • "The Road to Iron: 8th and 7th Century Metallurgy and the Decline of Egyptian Power", Catastrophism & Ancient History, Volume IV, Part 2, July 1982
  • "Scarab in the Dust: Egypt in the Time of the Twenty-First Dynasty", Catastrophism & Ancient History, Volume VII, Part 2, July 1985
  • "The Libyans in Egypt: Resolving the Third Intermediate Period", Catastrophism & Ancient History, Volume VIII, Part 1, January 1986
  • "Assyrians, Sodom, and Red Herrings", Catastrophism & Ancient History, Volume X, Part 1, January 1988
  • "The Oracle of Cadmus", Catastrophism & Ancient History, Proceedings of the Second Seminar of Catastrophism and Ancient History (Held Dec 1983)) 1985
  • "The Chaldeans of Sumer", Aeon vol.1 No. 2, Feb 1988
  • "The Hyksos Were Not Assyrians", Aeon vol.1 No.4, Jul 1988
  • "Remembering Velikovsky", Aeon vol.4 No. 2, Aug 1995


  1. Alfred De Grazia, "Chapter Four: A Proper Respect for Authority", Cosmic Heretics, 1984 Metron Publications, USA. ISBN 0-940268-08-6.
  2. Martin Sieff at United Press international
  3. Martin Sieff, "The History Of The Revisionist Debate: A Personal View", Velikovskian vol. 3 No. 4, 1997
  4. Martin Sieff at The Globalist
  5. Martin Sieff, "Remembering Velikovsky", Aeon IV:2

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