History Literature / Illuminatus

2nd Feb '17 11:41:06 AM JustTroper
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* PopCultureSymbology: Being a postmodern novel, it contains lots of this. For instance, Bugs Bunny is revealed to be a symbol of Lovecraft's shoggoths, and "You Wascal Wabbit" was the password of Illuminati agents in Hollywood.
30th Jan '17 8:37:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* SealedEvilInACan: Yog-Sothoth is imprisoned inside [[spoiler:ThePentagon]], where he's kept dormant by [[spoiler: sacrificing unto him the souls of all the Americans who die in auto accidents every year.]] It gets released near the end.

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* SealedEvilInACan: Yog-Sothoth is imprisoned inside [[spoiler:ThePentagon]], [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/ThePentagon]], where he's kept dormant by [[spoiler: sacrificing unto him the souls of all the Americans who die in auto accidents every year.]] It gets released near the end.
20th Jan '17 11:49:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* GeneralRipper: Pretty much everyone in ThePentagon is presented like this.

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* %%* GeneralRipper: Pretty much everyone in ThePentagon UsefulNotes/ThePentagon is presented like this.
27th Nov '16 5:46:56 PM nombretomado
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The trilogy comprises the books ''The Eye in the Pyramid'', ''The Golden Apple'' and ''Leviathan''. They were first published starting in September 1975, as three separate volumes, and in 1984 as an {{omnibus}}; they are now more commonly reprinted in the latter form. The trilogy won the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, designed to honor classic libertarian fiction, in 1986. The authors went on to create several works, both fiction and nonfiction, that further discussed the themes of the trilogy, but no direct sequels were produced. Illuminatus! has been adapted for the stage, and has influenced several modern writers, musicians and games-makers. The [[MemeticMutation popularity]] of the word "fnord" and the 23 enigma can both be attributed to the trilogy. It remains a seminal work of conspiracy fiction, predating ''Literature/FoucaultsPendulum'' and ''TheDaVinciCode'' by decades.

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The trilogy comprises the books ''The Eye in the Pyramid'', ''The Golden Apple'' and ''Leviathan''. They were first published starting in September 1975, as three separate volumes, and in 1984 as an {{omnibus}}; they are now more commonly reprinted in the latter form. The trilogy won the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, designed to honor classic libertarian fiction, in 1986. The authors went on to create several works, both fiction and nonfiction, that further discussed the themes of the trilogy, but no direct sequels were produced. Illuminatus! has been adapted for the stage, and has influenced several modern writers, musicians and games-makers. The [[MemeticMutation popularity]] of the word "fnord" and the 23 enigma can both be attributed to the trilogy. It remains a seminal work of conspiracy fiction, predating ''Literature/FoucaultsPendulum'' and ''TheDaVinciCode'' ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' by decades.
21st Aug '16 7:14:02 AM Morgenthaler
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-->''May Great {{Cthulhu}} rise and eat them!''

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-->''May Great {{Cthulhu}} [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]] rise and eat them!''
1st Aug '16 8:30:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Wilson and Shea's initial inspiration for the novel was the wide range of ConspiracyTheorist nutbars of all persuasions whose letters they read as editors for ''{{Playboy}}''.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Wilson and Shea's initial inspiration for the novel was the wide range of ConspiracyTheorist nutbars of all persuasions whose letters they read as editors for ''{{Playboy}}''.''Magazine/{{Playboy}}''.
22nd Jul '16 9:31:34 PM foxley
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* LotsaPeopleTryToDunIt: Five assassins were actually gunning for JFK, although only one succeeded, and one other (Oswald) got caught.
12th Jun '16 12:47:53 PM Doc_Loki
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: George Dorn's dogs.]]

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler: George Dorn's Joe Malik's dogs.]]
8th Jun '16 10:46:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Postmodernism}}: While the book is frequently categorized as Postmodern literature, Postmodernism is deconstructed and parodied throughout. Whether that qualifies as TakeThat or SelfDeprecation depends on how much of the authors' MindScrew you feel applies; however, Creator/RobertAntonWilson has published more direct deconstructions of Postmodernism (e.g. ''Maybe Logic''), so it's more likely to be the former than the latter. (Then again, the authors were apparently pretty big fans of ThomasPynchon and JamesJoyce, so take that how you will).

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* {{Postmodernism}}: While the book is frequently categorized as Postmodern literature, Postmodernism is deconstructed and parodied throughout. Whether that qualifies as TakeThat or SelfDeprecation depends on how much of the authors' MindScrew you feel applies; however, Creator/RobertAntonWilson has published more direct deconstructions of Postmodernism (e.g. ''Maybe Logic''), so it's more likely to be the former than the latter. (Then again, the authors were apparently pretty big fans of ThomasPynchon Creator/ThomasPynchon and JamesJoyce, Creator/JamesJoyce, so take that how you will).
23rd Apr '16 12:40:33 AM AgProv
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* WakingUpElsewhere: * In the Historical Illuminatus series novel ''The Widow's Son'', lead character Sigismundo Celine is consigned to the Bastille. He ends up under a heavy security regimen after escaping and being recaptured, effectively confined to his cell where he has ample opportunity to memorise all the details of his room. One day he wakes up after a deeper sleep than normal to realise he is on the ceiling and looking down at his room - the floor has become his new ceiling. Gravity has seemingly reversed itself in the night. But he looks carefully and sees small inconsistencies in placement and arrangement of furniture. He also realises the window has suddenly been boarded over. He deduces he has been drugged and moved to an elaborate hoax set-up, for reasons as yet unclear.
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