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Saturday, February 25, 2023

Hilaritas to publish Leary's out of print 'Terra II'

Original cover for Terra II

Hilaritas Press, the publishing imprint of the Robert Anton Wilson Trust, will reprint Timothy Leary's book, Terra II: A Way Out. The book dates from 1973 or 1974 and concerns efforts to get into outer space and contact higher intelligence. It was originally published as 1,000 copies and never reprinted, so the Hilaritas edition will make it available again.

I reported in October 2021 that Hilaritas was trying to obtain the rights. That has been done, and Rasa is now working on the book. It's impossible to say when the book will be out; Rasa always simply releases the book when it is ready, and it's difficult to know in advance what snags might come up. It does seem like a good sign that production has begun.

It does look like a number of Hilaritas Press publications currently are in the works. Among the titles that have been publicly disclosed, besides the new Leary, are the next three scheduled Robert Anton Wilson new editions: The Walls Came Tumbling Down, Reality is What You Can Get Away With and Chaos and Beyond. I am hoping for an announcement on Walls soon. Work also is being carried out on the new RAW book that is focused on Aleister Crowley, fueled by the discovery of a 72 page manuscript. There is also a "secret" book project that has not been announced yet. 


Eric Wagner said...

Very cool. I think I read it through interlibrary loan in the 80's.

Rarebit Fiend said...

Great news! I'm so impressed with all of the work Hilaritas has done. What could have been a "simple" preservation project has become such an ambitious enterprise that it moves me to think about it. All praise to Rasa and Christina and to all the other luminaries in our community. Wilson lives.