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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Is Illuminatus! a "geek novel"?

Yesterday, after Neil Gaiman retweeted my Tweet plugging my R.A. Lafferty post, I ran an Internet search to try to figure out if Gaiman is a RAW fan. (I can't find any evidence of that, although Gaiman did post a link to an appeal for help for RAW in RAW's final days. Gaiman commented, "I don't think there's anything right about authors in poverty. Then again, I don't think there's anything right about anyone in poverty.")

In the course of that search, I stumbled across a poll, apparently taken in 2005 by the Guardian, that included Illuminatus! in a poll about geek novels, many of them my favorites. Illuminatus! did not poll very high in the results,  but the guy who put the poll together, Guardian computer editor Jack Schofield, wrote, "And while I'm not surprised The Illuminatus! Trilogy didn't do better, I think more of you should read it -- or at least the first book, The Eye in the Pyramid!"


fyreflye said...

I have no idea what a "geek novel" is supposed to be, but i doubt that most of the 20 winners would qualify under any reasonable definition. Maybe Neuromancer, maybe Cryprtonomicon, but 1984?! Illuminatus!, btw, is a Surrealist novel.

Cleveland Okie (Tom Jackson) said...

I would have said a postmodern novel.

fyreflye said...

"Postmodern" does sound more posh,