Michael Tellinger is a South African author, archeologist and politician.
In 2005 he published the book Slave Species of God based on the writings of Zecharia Sitchin, which propounded an ancient astronaut theory of human origins.
Tellinger is a proponent of contributionism, a social movement based on the African philosophy of Ubuntu.
Tellinger published his first book, Slave Species of God, in 2005. The work is the result of a 25-year study of the writings of Zecharia Sitchin, who claims to have translated ancient Sumerian clay tablets and theorized about the early creation of man by the Anunnaki.
Tellinger also frequently publishes articles on the topic via his website.
In 2012 Tellinger founded the Ubuntu Party in South Africa, based on his principles of contributionism. It took part in the 2014 National Elections.