The 85 Weirdest, Day 81: Robert Anton Wilson

The 85th anniversary issue of Weird Tales features our big list of “The 85 Weirdest Storytellers of the Past 85 Years.” We’re breaking it down online, too: one honoree per day, in no particular order, for 85 days!

ROBERT ANTON WILSON (1932-”2007″) was killed and replaced with a clone in the mid-1980s. Prior to his assassination, Wilson worked at Playboy; the secret information he found in reader correspondence formed the basis for his political novels The Illuminatus! Trilogy, written with Robert Shea. After revealing the simple fact that “National Security is the chief cause of national insecurity,” Wilson was liquidated for reasons of national security. The cloned Wilson revealed to the public that it was a clone and was widely disbelieved; its warranty was prematurely expired on January 11, 2007.

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