DANIEL CRAY

SOARING STONES

A Kite-Powered Approach

To Building Egypt’s Pyramids


(Nonfiction)

Sometimes the most captivating, fantasy-rich stories are real.  Maureen Clemmons, who innovated, funded, and field-tested a wind construction concept that will amaze you, is a perfect example.  I’ve followed her story from the beginning, and am thrilled to bring it to you now.


It’s an unforgettable sight: innovation expert Maureen Clemmons can lift and “fly” massive stones, some of them weighing sixteen tons, with little more than a steady wind and a good kite.  But did the ancient Egyptians do the same thing when hoisting immense pyramid stones?


Egyptologists say no.  Clemmons, backed by a decade of field tests and a Caltech aeronautics team, isn’t so certain-- especially when the Egyptologists make it clear they are unwilling to consider evidence from anyone outside their insular field.  Buoyed by a tremendous groundswell of grassroots support, Clemmons’ stunning, block-heaving experiments generate national news coverage, a History Channel documentary, and a mention in engineering textbooks.  Audiences from NASA, the American Institute of Architects, and a multitude of universities gather to hear her compelling presentations.  In the span of just a few short years, she successfully advances a simple “Eureka!” moment in her California backyard to the halls of academia, and eventually to Egypt’s Giza Plateau, site of the actual pyramids.


She also proves an important point: that you don’t need a degree, just an inspired idea and some passion, to be a good scientist.








#8 on Amazon's Top 100, Oct. 2013

#1 in Ancient Egyptian History, April 2014

A Top 10 Bestseller in Women's Biographies, April 2014


See Video Clips of Clemmons' research


Click here for Clemmons' website.


Click here to read Daniel's Soaring Stones discussion on the Layered Pages blog


A B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree