Page from ZFT Manuscript Transcribed – UPDATED!

ZFT Manuscript

UPDATE: tonibaloni has provided a much clearer picture of the manifesto page (seen above), and Flamarial has provided a more completed transcript (updated below). Thanks to Fringe in the comments for the heads-up.

Dolnor over at has managed to decipher some of the text from the ZFT manuscript page that we saw Peter reading in 1.14 “Ability”. It’s not complete, but it does help to give broader context to the ‘teachings’ of ZFT and it’s as yet ‘unknown’ author. It talks about the war being one of “survival” and not “hatred or anger”, it speaks of “bloodlines” and alludes to the ‘food-chain’ – one which offers ‘hope’ (perhaps suggesting that ‘our’ world has some eco-advantage over the other worlds?).

There are many blanks from the page, feel free to chip in if you can make out any of the missing text:

[???]t and to never surrender. Give yourself to the cause and the
fight, and to the victor goes history.

The other is as determined as we are and is never to be underesti-
mated in his intention to destroy us. His understanding of the
[???] is complete and his determination to survive is unimpeach-
able. We shall not heed his words nor allay his fears.

The nature of the universe allows for all the circumstances needed
to present us with this unwelcome opportunity. Would that it were
[???] and that existence of all beings could be allowed to contin-
ue. Alas, that is not to be.

Who are these who are to fight? What is the selection process? Is
this a natural phenomenon or is it a construct of further arrogance
on the part of humanity?

[??] the last: Both. Neither.

Humanity is naught but the collection of it’s moments and the sum
of it’s parts. That some s[??]be used to counter others is as natur-
al a selection process as the lion and the gazelle, Homo-Sapien
and Cro-Magnon. In this there is comfort should it be needed.
This is not a war of hatred and anger. It is a battle of survival.

Thus the Soldier to come is both natural and, fairly, unnatural. A
[???]ter to his enemy and a hero, possible a god, to his charge. Do
not underestimate the feelings that victory will instill in both
savior and saved, either. This is a thought to be covered later.
The question for now is what is the Soldier and what is the Re-

The former is the culmination of millennia and days both. The time
to develop the intellect is beyond imagination, yet the prepara-
tion for the exercise of it is measured in comparative nanoseconds.
The latter is the clay from which the other is formed, a potential
without release until the training and revealing has been enacted.
But even that will not happen without the preparation of science.
This is the conundrum of our knowledge. This is part of the mys-
tery of what we are about to do.

In all of history, only a few bloodlines have been found to be
ready for the work of our body. Only very few of those of the
right lines are capable of dealing with the responsibility and
fewer still are able to field the weapons of their [???]

Over many years the right individuals have [???]
[???]sible, but for now, our list is complet[???]
[?]here is no time to continue the [???]
[???]of a select few, the identi[???]
Soldier and Recruit alike. [???]
[???]pt this ignorance [???]

This is [???]

A larger image of the manuscript page can be viewed here (credit kelzo).


  1. Elliot says

    This reminds me of the Unabomber’s ideas, and some other anti-technology conspiracists. Even one of the oldest prophecies, that of St. John of Patmos—which many now think of as not being prophecy even then, but history. Depends upon your worldview, I guess.
    Here’s an idea: it’s possible that the things ZFT followers are following are misguided, or not referring to what they think they refer to.
    That they’ve either already happened, or are a revenge fantasy like Kaczinsky’s, and that they are making the world worse in trying to force events to happen to suit them. In which case we really don’t want Olivia or Peter to have anything to do with these guys, or to be recruited.

    As Hofstaedter says: “The paranoid spokesman sees the fate of conspiracy in apocalyptic terms-he traffics in the birth and death of whole worlds, whole political orders, whole systems of human values. He is always manning the barricades of civilization. He constantly lives at a turning point. Like religious millenialists he expresses the anxiety of those who are living through the last days and he is sometimes disposed to set a date for the apocalypse. (“Time is running out,” said Welch in 1951. “Evidence is piling up on many sides and from many sources that October 1952 is the fatal month when Stalin will attack.”)”.

    Because of course, the Russians did invade the US in the early 50’s and the world ended soon thereafter.

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  2. O Ye Clairvoyant says

    I find that hard to follow Elliot.

    The premise behind Fringe is to think analytically with every potential excuse for conspiracy. Hence, the pattern, ZFT, the arrival, the big picture?

    If anything, the show begs its audience to think outside the box(during interludes, six fingers, e.t.c)

    From what i gathered based on the transcript provided above, a series of old english sounding parables to the untrained mind would be just that, a paper purporting weird tales and wild fantasies.

    With those cylinders surfacing around the world, MD’s leading edge technologies, a ‘working teleportation device,’ the evidence stacks up to ZFT’s manuscript being esoteric; only understood by a particular group of people – suggesting a covert MIB(Men in Black) type organization working in the backgrounds, fighting battles the average human being would consider utterly loony-bin residence talk. This, i believe, is where ZFT comes in, a guide to prepare recruits of what’s to come.

    Besides, not all who kill innocents are “bad guys” – as one earlier inferred. There are such words like collateral damage, e.t.c used to explain innocent lives lost in Iraq. Dr Jones is now in our custody, let’s see what can be divulged without anal probing or consciousness-sharing.

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    • says

      Dr Jones is now in our custody, let’s see what can be divulged without anal probing or consciousness-sharing.

      Well he was until he escaped.

      Interesting thoughts in general though. I agree that the ZFT rhetoric will have certain meaning and attachment to those who believe in it’s ‘teachings’.

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  3. Elliot says

    Oh, all I meant was, just because the ZFT’ers found the text, and figured out how to get the transporter to work, doesn’t necessarily mean they completely understand the text. Or that the writer was correct in everything written, or necessarily trustworthy.

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  4. Ben says

    I think fringe is pulling a lot from the conspiracy theorist that were popular in the 70’s Remember Walter Bishops Heyday was the late 70’s early 80′ It seems that a lot of time travel is involved and time loops My guess for the Cylinder is that it is part of the time machine. Do not make the mistake of thinking it is anti-technology it is the people involved in the pattern who are using the advanced technology possibly as a way of warning the Human race of things to come. I think the manifesto resembles more Robert Anton Wilson then the Uni bomber.

    One other note His son is a clone he produced Walter actually cloned himself

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  5. Sha Gojyo says

    it starts with the word “cost”, probaly a sentance like: no matter the cost,

    His understanding of the stakes is complete

    In the last: Both. Neither.

    ?? That some shall be used ?? damned smudge

    A monster to his enemy,

    That’s all i’m getting with filters and zooming. As for a lot of different settings used, i don’t feel like putting up 15 pictures or edited screen caps. i even encourage you to double check these words from a different effort.

    Also, after he flips the page, he quotes the entire first 2 paragraphs of the next page. Maybe fun to put up also. I’ll leave that to someone else as english isn’t my native language.

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  6. Michael Richman says

    Thus the Soldier to come is both natural and, fairly, unnatural. A [???]ter to his enemy and a hero, possible a god, to his charge.
    I’m guessing that a gap in this sentence i MONster to his enemy

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  7. Alexei says

    From ep 19

    Those who shall be among those saved will be thus/
    Chosen to fight, this much is obvious. Whatis also/
    The assistence of the many who have brought us to this point/
    Without their realizing it. This will be accomplished t?/
    Of those who know. Yest willingly move about in the

    What we know as reality is only a fragile membrane on ? of a larger multiverse.

    A skin on a bowl of pudding.

    The unknown truth is that the means to crossover have(???)
    discovered — by beings much like us, but whose hi(?)to(e)r/
    ly ahead of our own./

    /this commingling of u??>
    /and theirs.

    Ths beings are not of our world as such, and as such/
    ted as enemies. Were it possible to negotiate, t?
    so but this is not possible because they k?/
    uld suspect.

    /slightly ahead of our own is an incindular/
    /deserves attention. Later in this document/
    /?s to what exactly this means and how it is poss?/?
    /?ice for now that our future is not necessary/
    /through it should be remembered that the f?
    /amount of clarity, be obfuscated. This is not a cost?/
    ?statement and again will be explained.

    /?ns of our victory depends on a confluence of scientific?
    /?ent and the willingness to used that which would other
    our destruction.

    cy is paramount and need not be justified. Government/
    (soci)ety in general are not prepared for the knowledge we/
    must at all cost be kept from it lost a catastrophic
    take place. The destruction for within of the human/

    /?nestion as to the right of existence is one that shal??

    /the lives of those formerly unknown beings da?/
    continue unadulterated? Would that situation ?/
    there is no question as to the unfeasible ?/
    ?? destruction is assured were ?/
    . It is not just ourselves ?/
    ?/ the other is as culp?? ?/
    ?/ this reason ??/


    Our children are our greatest resource, we must nurture them and protect them. We must prepare them so they can one day protect us.

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  8. says

    Definitely. In retrospect a lot of the passages and inferences from are becoming clearer. For me, it’s not so much in what it says (that was always pretty clear), but in terms of the thinking behind what is written.

    Season 2 holds some interesting possibilities.

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  9. kyledoe says

    hey! i have a page, thx for fox-dot-com!

    — Project 617 – Exploration 9 —

    … all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated. God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice…

    But I resisted the translation. There was one chapter I simply could not let go.

    I saw my life branching out before me like the green fig tree in the story. From the tip of every branch, like a fat purple fig, a wonderful future beckoned and winked. … I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet.

    The patch worked. But if the walls continue to crumble, anomalies will occur with increasing frequency, the ripples spreading ever wider. Is there any chance we can heal the breach in time?

    Keeping time, time, time,
    As the knells, knells, knells,
    In a happy Runic rhyme,
    To the rolling of the bells —
    Of the bells, bells, bells –

    It was Belly all along. He always knew how to prod the deepest thoughts from my brain. I remember that lunatic perched a bucket of icy water over the lab door, so I’d douse myself upon returning from the coffee shop. I didn’t mind the water so much as the knot in my head from the pail crashing down. But the clashing rhythms shivering body and throbbing head (13 shivers to every 8 throbs, 21 to every 13) focused my attention on out-of-phase frequencies. Kenneth, what is the frequency? Simply the limit of an infinite sequence.

    I finally put the pieces together, but the answer should have been obvious all along. S. S. Kresge would have understood. After all, it was he who specified the precise dimensions of the laboratory. All I had to do was follow the golden spiral to its center, and there it was — buried, right where the tank used to be.

    A hole in the fabric of the universe, and another in my heart. Now I must return to it. No, ‘tis not so deep as a well, nor so wide as a church-door; but ‘tis enough, ‘twill serve: ask for me to–morrow, and you shall find me a grave man. ”

    I guess the next page is ‘The chapter of ethics’…

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  10. randomsurfer says

    kyledoe, that isn’t a page from the ZFT Manifesto, it’s part of Walter’s notes. They’re interesting too.

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  11. says

    From the pages Walter studies in Ability (1.14) when he first gets the typewriter (while there’s some repeats from other pages, it’s notable there are some very different statements ie. “A black horizon appro”), no-one seemed to have transcribed these page views yet :

    but this commingling…
    Both ours… and thei…

    Cross-pollination will…
    Unquantifiable at firs…
    simple fact becomes se…

    Only one side will pre…

    Many warriors of the…
    But before they can b…
    as Recruits. And the…

    A black horizon appro..
    dramatically outpace…
    defined by passion an…
    pyramid of knowledge which expands heavenward with with no…
    the frailty of its foundation. We will as a species …
    crushed beneath its weight…

    But we will not simply perish. The very fabric of our…
    will be torn rags.

    like an infant conducting the firmament, these technol…
    …produce a cumulative impact far more catastrophic

    —————- next page (very brief view ) ——————–
    table dec…
    generally understood (but…
    ine, and which this document..

    What we know as reality is …
    of a larger multiverse.

    A skin on a bowl of pudding.

    .. unknown truth is that the
    ..d — by beings much…

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