Co-written with journalist Robert Shea, the giant Illuminatus! Trilogy (consisting of three works, The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, and Leviathan), readily available in most Denver bookstores, including many of its used ones, is the fifth work of utter fiction (or is it?) I’ve read bearing R.A. Wilson’s name so far. My own manner of thinking has been directed in an important way by my discovery (through Wilson’s non-fictional (or is it?) Cosmic Trigger trilogy) of the word “zetetic”. Zetetic thinking, the perpetual “Yes, but—“, makes consideration of any question, topic or concern a living beacon to follow, as opposed to a dry process of logical absolutism, and seemed the wisest course in this age of bald-faced media bias. In my capacity as the lit and art poster for a facebook group, I’ve been conducting a little tour of transformative thinking, from Charles Fort through Flannery O’Connor, the Beats, then into the sixties with Paul Krassner, the Merry Pranksters, Wilson, Burroughs, etc., and it occured to me to contact the Robert Anton Wilson Estate and let Bob’s family members know how grateful I was for his work. This “ultimate conspiracy book”, a fictional rendition of the collective of elites long rumored to hold occult sway over social and political affairs worldwide, from who really shot JFK , and why, to the mysterious pyramids on every dollar, has been hailed as a masterpiece of science fiction. The topic is contentious, going so far as to indicate that the whole of Human consensus opinion is in fact an elaborate deception by arcane adepts, but delivered in a slapsrtick manner. Joseph Malik, editor of a radical magazine, blunders across the hidden key to it all in his research, unleashing a rampage of sinister attack dogs and decoys and super-powered submarines without geographic allegiance. Never expected that, didja, Joe?!! Hagbard Celine, undoubtedly a descendant of Sigismundo Celine (from Wilson’s Historical illuminati Chronicles) is a major character in this raucous, chaotic storyline, as is famed bank robber and Depression era underdog hero, John Dillinger, who’s been leading the anti-Illuminist struggle since his supposed death at the hands of lawmen in 1934. Wilson and Shea’s Illuminatus! Trilogy incorporates lore from Discordianism, the Church of the SubGenius, and any number of other fringe doctrines, jumping from one POV to another often and without warning, sometimes even mid-sentence. The sudden time shifts from JFK’s assassination to underwater battles over Atlantis to post-Human sex magick, sometimes in a single paragraph, may startle some literalists and lovers of linear thought, but provide an effective external model of the collective consciousness. And what’s better than that?