Frederick Spencer Oliver (1866-1899) was the young author of A Dweller on Two Planets, which according to him was channelled through him using ‘automatic writing’. The book offered the first real suggestion that Atlantis had advanced technology, including flying machines, power generation and mass transit systems. It is frequently quoted by New Age advocates and seems to have been the main inspiration behind subsequent claims that Atlantis has technologies comparable with our own(b). My views on such ‘channelled nonsense’ have been expressed before, but I have included Oliver in Atlantipedia simply because of his book’s disproportionate influence on later writers.
It cannot be denied that his book is a remarkable piece of writing taking account of the fact that the author began writing it while still a teenager. Nevertheless, it is still just a piece of speculative fiction that has nothing to do with the Atlantis described by Plato. How could Oliver’s advanced Atlantis be defeated by the comparatively primitive Athens?
John B. Hare wrote an interesting introduction to Oliver’s book(a).
Actress Shirley MacClaine describes how a copy of this book jumped off a shelf into her hands in a bookshop and changed her life. In her most recent book, Above the Line, she recalls her past life experiences during the destruction of Atlantis, which she locates in the Canaries.
Oliver’s book had now been re-issued as Secrets Of Mount Shasta And A Dweller On Two Planets, which includes additional material by Nick Redfern, Timothy Green Beckley and Paul Dale Roberts.