“deliberately annoying” – I forgot who first used this term for my prose, but it delighted me. When one reader feels seriously “annoyed,” it means I have provoked him or her almost to the edge of a thought, which suggests that my books have actually driven others all the way into the experience of actually thinking.
– Chaos and Beyond: The Best of Trajectories
Chaos and Beyond:
The Best of Trajectories
by Robert Anton Wilson
Editing and Introduction by D. Scott Apel
Available in eBook and Print Editions!
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For over a decade (1987-1997), Robert Anton Wilson published a quarterly newsletter, Trajectories: The Journal of Futurism and Heresy with editorial and publishing expertise from his wife, Arlen Riley Wilson, and his friend, D. Scott Apel. Scott describes the newsletter as, “full of original articles, unpublished fiction, and outrageous opinion.” Chaos and Beyond features the best essays from the first five years of the newsletter.
Chaos and Beyond is mostly by Robert Anton Wilson, but with guest appearances by Arlen Wilson, D. Scott Apel, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Timothy Leary, Ph.D. Linus Pauling, Ph.D., Robert Newport, M.D., Edward Kellogg III, Ph.D., Peter Russell, George Carlin, and Ed McMahon.
“This compendium serves as Bob’s book of everything. At once a time capsule of an era’s leading reality-busting techniques and technologies, an origin story for our current state of consciousness, and a map for how to retrieve the spirit that must inform these practices if humans are going to come along for the ride.”
– Douglas Rushkoff, author of Team Human and other great books
“Robert Anton Wilson was a multidimensional genius who wrote with penetrating insight, razor-sharp intellect, and a pronounced sense of the preposterous. This collection of rare writings from the first decuple of his Trajectories newsletter should prove that beyond an elephant of a doubt!”
– D. Scott Apel, author, media critic & editor of Beyond Chaos and Beyond
“Roll up for this smorgasbord of scientific utopian possibilities with a side order of acerbic antiauthoritarian commentary. For dessert, we have lucid deconstruction of conspiracy theory and musings on the necessity of uncertainty. This is Bob and his collaborators actively engaging in the fecund period of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when the tech revolution seemed promising, the freaks seemed poised to take over and anything was possible. And there’s RAWs literary flare. He’s a master of logic and a maestro of puckish surreal illogic, an enigma wrapped in a sheet of blotter baked into a flying lasagna. Read on!”
– R. U. Sirius, writer, editor, musician and cyberculture celebrity
Marlis Jermutus, whose artwork is featured on the cover of Chaos and Beyond was a friend to both Bob and Arlen Wilson.
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