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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Brian Aldiss on 'Illuminatus!' and Ken Campbell
British science fiction writer Brian Aldiss. I loved The Book of Brian Aldiss and The Malacia Tapestry.
"Far be it from me to describe what Illuminatus! is all about," British science fiction great Brian Aldiss wrote back in 1976. "That would be like trying to write the history of the world on the back of a postage stamp. What can be revealed is that Illuminatus! is a gigantic new novel written by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, just published in three volumes. It may become a cult book big enough to make Tolkien look like a manual on garden gnomes or Dune like a kid's sandcastle."
The rest of the article pivots to a review of "mad genius" Ken Campbell's adaptation.
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Several of RAW's Falcon books have Aldiss's "Here is genius with a Gee!" among the back cover blurbs. I suspect irony, but that didn't keep me from calling myself Supergee.
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