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Death of Robert Anton Wilson

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  • Death of Robert Anton Wilson

    As mentioned in this thread by Mikey_C, Robert Anton Wilson has recently died:

    Originally posted by Mikey_C
    It appears that RAW passed on at 4.50am on January 11. His last blog entry (January 6) read:
    Various medical authorities swarm in and out of here predicting I have between two days and two months to live. I think they are guessing. I remain cheerful and unimpressed. I look forward without dogmatic optimism but without dread. I love you all and I deeply implore you to keep the lasagna flying.

    Please pardon my levity, I don't see how to take death seriously. It seems absurd.
    Another star gone.

    Rest In Peace.
    _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
    _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
    _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
    _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

  • #2
    I read the Illuminatus Trilogy a couple of years ago. Very strange book - simultaneously horrific, bizarre and hilarious.
    Batman: It's a low neighborhood, full of rumpots. They're used to curious sights, which they attribute to alcoholic delusions.

    Robin: Gosh, drink is sure a filthy thing, isn't it? I'd rather be dead than unable to trust my own eyes!


    • #3
      Although his Illuminati books were recommended to me many years ago, I never read them. However, a good writer with a following has passed along.

      I also have a close friend who willv probably pass into the ether very soon; she had several different types of cancer, and she is losing the battle. I know how Mr. Wilson's loved ones are feeling now.

      No matter how prepared one is for someone close to them to pass away, it is never easy. It is an inseparable part of life, but never completely accepted nor completely understood, no matter what a person's philosophies.

      Rest in Peace, Mr. Wilson. My deepest emapthy for the ones you love.
      "My candle's burning at both ends, it will not last the night;
      But ah my foes and oh, my friends, it gives a lovely light" - Edna St Vincent Millay


      • #5
        A great favourite of Fortean Times.


        • #6
          I am surviving, gumshoe.

          Sad to hear about the passing. I used to read all his books
          I could get my hands on when I lived in England.

          An AM concept album in the works via Spirits Burning.


          • #7
            Robert Anton Wilson Dead!

            I didn't even learn that till over a month later! Didn't know that he cameoed in that horse-shit of a movie 23!! RNA- DNA - Reformed Non Aristotelian - Druids of North America!!!

            I first came across his Illuminati trilogy when I, by chance, while I was in a very unstable lifestyle, not by choice mind you, and in a squat picked The Masks of the Illuminati. Now very hard to come by in mainstream outlets. I kind of associated in a tongue-in-cheek fashion with the obssessive looking for correspondences to 23 as I'm on the cusp born on the 23rd!!!
            Also his fascination with Korzybski and General Semantics which ideas were introduced to me by an Ex Girlfriends favourite Sci Fi novel was heavily influenced by taht; ie, World of Null A by A E Van Vogt, who I know Mike doesn't like so much but not as bad as Asimov I assume...
            \'You know my destiny?\' said Elric eagerly. \'Tell me what it is, Niun Who Knew All.\'
            Niun opened his mouth as if to speak but then firmly shut it again. \'No,\' he said. \'I have forgotten.\'


            • #8
              Certainly Wilson's 'Prometheus Rising' is required reading for any serious inquisitor of the nature of 'reality'. The hyperbolae I've seen about this book I've found to be largely justified.