Friday, January 12, 2007

Robert Anton Wilson left his body for the last time Jan. 11

Cosmic voyager, writer, cyber-shaman... Robert Anton Wilson died January 11 at his fnord by the sea in southern California. He was 74.

It's not the first time he's died. In 1994, a Los Angeles Times obituary declared him dead, and news traveled the then-new Internet fast. Bob found that great fun, to be declared dead when he wasn't even sick.

When word went out last fall that Bob was this time really sick and dying, and near-destitute, thousands of fans sent over $68,000 to help him pay medical and tax bills.

Robert Anton Wilson was the author of many books, both fiction and non-fiction. Of special note to Freemasons is his Historical Illuminatus Trilogy, comprised of The Earth Will Shake, The Widow's Son, and Nature's God.

Back in October I wrote about some of my memories of Bob Wilson and the impact his works had on me; I won't go into it again. I'm sure excellent articles will be written about him over the next few days, and indeed, will be written forever... Wilson and his ideas had a profound effect on many, many people, and he'll never be forgotten.

A memorial service is expected in February, according to his website. Details have not been announced.

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  1. Bummer! And you know, I just discovered that he has a blog, and added it to my blogroll only the other day.

    Eris, toss me another apple, will ya?

    Tom Accuosti
    The Sacred Chao of Masonry

  2. That happened to me too. I just found his blog -- and the really interesting links on it -- and a week later he is gone.

    At least his links remain, his map through the labyrinth.

  3. Robert Anton Wilson is dead, alas.
    Let's all queue up and kick God's ass.


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