The Illuminatus! Trilogy is a series of three novels written by
Shea and Robert Anton Wilson primarily between 1969 and 1971. The
trilogy is a satirical, postmodern, science fiction-influenced
adventure story; a drug-, sex- and magic-laden trek through a number
of conspiracy theories, both historical and imaginary, which hinge
around the authors' version of the Illuminati. The narrative often
switches between third and first person perspectives and jumps around
in time. It is thematically dense, covering topics like
counterculture, numerology and Discordianism. The trilogy comprises
the books The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple and Leviathan.
popularity of the word "fnord" and the 23 enigma can both be
attributed to the trilogy. It remains a seminal work of conspiracy
fiction, predating Foucault's Pendulum and The Da Vinci Code by
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Today's selected anniversaries:
British forces led by William Howe defeated the Continental Army under
George Washington in the Battle of Long Island.
Zanzibar surrendered within an hour after the Anglo-Zanzibar War broke
The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign
policy, was signed by 60 nations.
Experimental jetplane Heinkel He 178 became the world's first aircraft
to fly under turbojet power.
The Nigerian government of Muhammadu Buhari was overthrown by Ibrahim
Wikiquote of the day:
"Not curiosity, not vanity, not the consideration of expediency, not
duty and conscientiousness, but an unquenchable, unhappy thirst that
brooks no compromise leads us to truth." -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich