Long lost Robert Anton Wilson book, Starseed Signals, to be published

RAWIllumination.net announced yesterday that a manuscript by Robert Anton Wilson has been found and will be published by RVP Publishers in the first half of 2017. The manuscript appears to be substantial, weighing in at 340 pages.

RAW and Discordianism scholar Adam Gorightly rediscovered the book and wrote a forward for it. And although the book was never published, it formed the basis for later work, Gorightly writes in his forward: "Starseed Signals laid the foundation for RAW’s landmark work Cosmic Trigger, The Final Secret of the Illuminati, so don’t be surprised if some of the passages in this book seem familiar, to be later lifted and inserted into the Cosmic Trigger narrative."

I assume this book chronicles, at least in part, the period in the early 70s when Wilson and Timothy Leary were convinced that they were in communication with beings from the dog star, Sirius. In the end, RAW wrote off much of the episode to drugs, delusion, and wishful thinking -- and found it all a fascinating experiment in extra-human communications.

[Image via Robert Anton Wilson: The Map Is Not The Territory: The Future Is Not The Past]

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  1. I kept meaning to check out a RAW book at my library but my library doesn't carry a single one. I know almost nothing about him so is his work controversial? Why wouldn't my library system carry his work? Just an oversight possibly? www.lfpl.org for those interested.

  2. Not sure why they wouldn't carry it necessarily, but yes - there is definitely some "controversial" material, depending on where you live. Discussions of drug use and manufacture, sexually explicit/pornographic material, discussions and outlines of actual occult rituals and references to "Satanic" ritual and sacrifice, conspiracy theory, scenes of sexual assault, torture, and lots of anti-church/anti-religious points of view. You know - stuff you can show on television in order to exploit, but can't discuss in a book in order to teach or dissect.

    Try to find it wherever you can though. Definitely one of the most influential authors in my life.

  3. He might have been considered controversial among the pearl-clutchers of the Nixon era, but honestly it's most likely an issue of his work being a bit dated and not widely read. He espoused a philosophy of being open to any (and all) conspiracy theories as a way of keeping a "supple mind". This kept him well supplied with story material, and also made him a counter-culture darling even though he didn't necessarily keep any particular viewpoint for very long. Anarchism seems to be the consistent thread that runs through what I've read.

    If you're really interested in his works, I would recommend checking out any used bookstores in your area, preferably those close to a university.

  4. This is absolutely a wonderful thing.

  5. You're probably right for the most part, but @drpfenderson is probably right too. You and I may look at a 70's era drawing of a satyr and think "how quaint," but in many place it would still be perceived as threatening devil-stuff...

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