Wasting little time in getting the new year started right, Hilaritas Press has released Chaos and Beyond, the anthology from the newsletter Trajectories that originally was released in 1994 and which has been out of print.
I have a used copy of the original book, and I bought the Kindle was soon as I noticed the announcement email Rasa sent out. The new edition features a new 2023 introduction written by D. Scott Apel, Wilson's collaborator on the original newsletter.
In that new introduction, Apel worries that the book has become out of date. While I take his point that some of the issues the book covers won't seem relevant today, I really enjoyed the book and I am certain that other RAW fans will, too. I don't think it will replace Cosmic Trigger or any of the other classics as anyone's favorite RAW book, but it's a good read.
Here's what Rasa writes:
"For over a decade (1987-1997), Robert Anton Wilson published a quarterly newsletter, Trajectories: The Journal of Futurism and Heresy with editorial and publishing expertise from his wife, Arlen Riley Wilson, and his friend, D. Scott Apel. Scott describes the newsletter as, "full of original articles, unpublished fiction, and outrageous opinion." Chaos and Beyond features the best essays from the first five years of the newsletter.
"The book is mostly by Robert Anton Wilson, but with guest appearances by Arlen Wilson, D. Scott Apel, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Timothy Leary, Ph.D. Linus Pauling, Ph.D., Robert Newport, M.D., Edward Kellogg III, Ph.D., Peter Russell, George Carlin, and Ed McMahon."
The bit from Timothy Leary is hilarious (i.e, the piece about writing letters to the editor using a phony name), and you'll enjoy reading Arlen's work.
In related news, the next Hilaritas Press podcast, out on Jan. 23, will feature an interview with Apel. I've wanted to hear him on the podcast for a long time, and I'm looking forward to the show.