4.5 Was God An Astronaut? ponder | 15/04/2010 | See all ponder's reviews (32) This is a quality book that will really make you think. I believe it was originally published in the late 70's or early 80's. This is the 1990 reprint. Von Daniken takes a good look at the history of human civilization and asks if we could have had some help in our development. . . .