Robert Anton Wilson (1932-2007) was an author of 58 mindbending books, including ''Literature/TheIlluminatusTrilogy'' (with Robert Shea), The ''Schrödinger's Cat Trilogy'', ''Cosmic Trigger'', the stage play ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich_in_Hell Wilhelm Reich in Hell]]'', and many more.
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!! His books contain examples of:
* AncientConspiracy
* ArcNumber: Five, seventeen, and twenty-three. Ties in with the UsefulNotes/{{Discordian|ism}} themes.
* ArcWords: The words "No wife, no horse, no mustache" echo in several of his novels.
* AsHimself: Wilson is a major character in Creator/PhilipKDick's ''Literature/{{VALIS}}''. Dick and Wilson were friends in RealLife until Dick's paranoia got the better of him.
* AuthorAvatar: A character named Hans Zoesser appears in the ''Historical Illuminatus'' series; in the ''Cosmic Trigger'' series, Wilson mentions at one point being told that he is a reincarnation of one Hans Zoesser (''Cosmic Trigger'' was written first).
** There is a character ''called'' Robert Anton Wilson in ''Schroedinger's Cat''-trilogy, but judging from his demeanour and profession (a professional big game hunter in Africa), he is ''not'' supposed to be an AuthorAvatar.
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Only three of the planned five books in the Historical Illuminatus Chronicles series were published before his death (although, since the third book came out more than 15 years before his death, it's possible he never really intended to finish it anyway).
* AuthorTract
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Bob's personal philosophy was "I don't believe in anything, but I have many suspicions." His novels often repeat the mantra: "Only the madman is absolutely sure." (Or "It isn't real unless it makes you laugh".)
* BuryYourGays
** Many gay and transsexual characters do end up receiving happy endings as well, however.
* BrownNote
* CharacterFilibuster:
* CoolBoat
* FairForItsDay: Wilson's opposition to environmentalism makes a certain amount of sense given his age and upbringing, but looks rather naive by modern standards.
* FootnoteFever: Most prominently in the second volume of ''The Historical Illuminatus Chronciles''.
* GenderBender: In ''Schroedinger's Cat''-trilogy some recurring characters' genders vary depending on the universe. One major character is also a male-to-female transsexual [[CrossesTheLineTwice who causes outrage by having her former, impressive sexual organs stuffed and displayed prominently over the mantle.]]
* TheHecateSisters
* HistoricalInJoke
* LampshadeHanging: Almost constantly in his novels.
* MagicMusic
* {{Masquerade}}
* MindScrew
* NoFourthWall
* PrisonRape
* ProperlyParanoid
* PunnyName
* ReferenceOverdosed
* SatireParodyPastiche (all three)
* UnusualChapterNumbers
* UnusualEuphemism: In his sexually explicit ''Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy'', Wilson used the names of prominent real-world MoralGuardians for sex acts and organs. The rationale for this was that some of these people claimed that the words were inherently offensive. Wilson reasoned that if it was the words, and not the acts, which were offensive, these same people could hardly find their own names offensive. Interestingly, his replacements include roughly equal numbers of conservative Supreme Court Justices and prominent feminists (who at the time had campaigned against pornography).
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