Robert Anton Wilson, an author of "The
Illuminatus! Trilogy" — a mind-twisting science-fiction series about a
secret global society that has been a cult classic for more than 30
years — died on Thursday at his home in Capitola, Calif. He was 74.
'His death was confirmed by his daughter Christina Pearson.
author of 35 books on subjects like extrasensory perception, mental
telepathy, metaphysics, paranormal experiences, conspiracy theory, sex,
drugs and what he called quantum psychology, Mr. Wilson wrote the
trilogy with his friend Robert J. Shea in the late 1960s, when both
were editors at Playboy. The books — "The Eye in the Pyramid," "The
Golden Apple" and "Leviathan" — were all published in 1975 by Dell
Science Fiction. They never hit the best-seller lists, but have never
gone out of print. Mr. Shea died in 1994.
by a thick file of letters that the authors received from conspiracy
buffs, the trilogy traces the conflict between the Illuminati and the
Discordians. The Illuminati are elite authoritarians who pull the
puppet strings of the world's political establishment while seeking to
become super-beings by sucking the souls from the masses. The
Discordians resist through convoluted tactics that include a network of
double agents.' (New York Times article).