A enchanting mixture of Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, and Philip ok. Dick, Chameleo is a real account of what occurred in a seedy Southern California city while an enthusiastic and unrepentant heroin addict named Dion Fuller sheltered a US marine who'd stolen evening imaginative and prescient goggles, and maybe a number of most sensible mystery documents, from a close-by army base. Dion came across himself arrested (under the ostensible auspices of The Patriot Act) for conspiring with foreign terrorists to smuggle top-secret army apparatus out of Camp Pendleton. the truth that Dion had completely not anything to do with overseas terrorists, smuggling, top-secret army gear, or Camp Pendleton did not appear to hassle the army. He used to be published from penal complex after a six day lengthy Abu Ghraib-style interrogation. in this case he believed himself less than excessive executive scrutiny and, he suspected, the topic of unusual experimentation concerning "cloaking"―electro-optical camouflage so severe it renders observers virtually invisible from a distance of a few meters―by the dep. of place of birth safeguard. Hallucination? Perhaps―except Robert Guffey, an English instructor and Dion's buddy, tracked down and interviewed one of many scientists in the back of the undertaking, codenamed Chameleo, an experimental expertise that looks to were stolen via the USA division of safeguard and deployed on American soil. extra surprising nonetheless, Guffey chanced on that the DoD has been experimenting with its most up-to-date applied sciences on a few americans. A condensed model of this tale used to be the canopy function of Fortean Times journal (September 2013).
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In the meantime, i used to be spending my days looking for a task to tide me over till the autumn semester begun up. My paranoid kingdom wasn’t assisting issues. A Bookstar (now defunct) positioned in a mini-mall on Hawthorne street in Torrance rejected me simply because I had a Master’s measure. “If I lease you, you’re gonna thieve my activity! ” the executive acknowledged in a unprecedented second of candor. i used to be relatively shocked whilst she actually laughed in my face as I passed her the appliance. I left the shop ashamed and offended, thinking about if the invisible midgets have been in charge for my misfortune. At round this time Dion known as to inform me he had visible a few bizarre phenomena close to the pier. The mental terrorism had grown so undesirable that Dion fled the home and went to the seashore, hoping the outdoor could do him a few stable. That’s while he observed the tracks within the sand. a few type of automobile, he claimed, him alongside the seashore. He observed its tracks forming within the sand, yet couldn’t see the motor vehicle itself. He ran from them, in basic terms to work out the tracks rushing up at the back of him. He even observed their tracks overlapping his personal footprints. He led those invisible autos in circles round the seashore for approximately twenty mins, then climbed up onto the pier and dashed again domestic. the subsequent evening at round 3 within the morning he took a chum, a few skinhead meth addict, again to the seashore to teach him what had occurred. where was once abandoned. Dion was hoping for a repeat simply to manage to end up it to another person. They didn’t stumble upon the invisible car, yet observed whatever even larger. They observed what Dion defined as a dozen or so robots marching down the seashore, in jerky, stop-start motions like a Dynamation determine from a Nineteen Fifties Ray Harryhausen motion picture. Dion stated he wasn’t definite find out how to describe it, however it appeared like the issues have been leapfrogging sideways. For a second it CHAMELEO forty seven appeared as though the creatures have been going to topple over, then they'd by surprise jump up approximately fifteen to 20 ft within the air. this stuff seemed really creepy marching alongside the moonlit seashore, so Dion and his pal obtained the hell out of there fast. This used to be one other element of Dion’s Munchausen-like stories that i discovered virtually most unlikely to just accept… until eventually I observed “BigDog” and “Petman” in motion. If you’d wish to see video of the experimental army robots Dion and his pal unquestionably witnessed that night, try out the subsequent hyperlinks to a couple of 2009 information stories approximately “hopping ’bots” that will “one day retailer lives at the battlefield”: 1) “Video: Meet Petman” five and a couple of) “Big puppy Maker checks Humanoid ‘Petman’ robotic, Hopping ’Bot. ” 6 The latter article, dated 4-20-09, reads as follows: Boston Dynamics Inc. , maker of the YouTube sensation BigDog robotic, reviews it truly is constructing robots: a humanoid robotic to check soldier uniforms and a hopping robotic for navigating city environments. The humanoid robotic, PETMAN (protection ensemble try out mannequin), is deliberate for use for high-fidelity trying out of chemical defense matches less than chemical battle agent publicity stipulations.