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  • Michael Feeney

NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND: Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson’s Illuminatus Trilogy

Greetings, dear reader. It is I, Michael, your neighborhood Parliament House PR rep. I must confess, I’m running out of time down here in the dark. The change in the wind has forced me deep within the bowels of the underground Parliament House secret bunker. Things are getting cramped. Perhaps one day we’ll get a reprieve and return to the land above. Until then, dear reader, I leave you with something to pass the time.

The Illuminatus Trilogy- a series of novels (The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan) tells the story of two New York detectives investigating a bombing, leading them down a rabbit hole into discovering connections between various secret societies. Published in 1975, the trilogy is an odd mix of science fiction, historical fiction (can we *really* trust the Founding Fathers?), and satire, indicating what could happen if every known conspiracy theory was both real and intertwined. A mind trip of a tale, the reader is taken around the globe on an epic scale- even to the lost city of Atlantis. These novels are any conspiracy theorist’s dream. Oh, and there are talking dolphins, too.

It is said the satirical nature of the story brings about rage in its targets. Thus, I implore you, fellow bibliophile, to read in private. One never knows when the Illuminati could be watching...

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