By Michael Boss
Cover: Fate Magazine, June 2007
Gouache on Rag Board
11" X 8.5"
From the Collection of Corbin Hale, Rock Port, Missouri


The year was 1915. Huge, cigar-shaped vessels were seen flying over towns and villages along the mouth of the Volga River and the Kazan Military District in Russia, spanning a distance of 150 kilometers (about 93 miles).

Bright spotlights shining down illuminated the ground below. A roaring sound emanated from the strange dirigible-like balloon hovering in the sky.

Were the figures seen in the belly of the craft humans, or were they humanoids??