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Schrödinger's Cat 1: The Universe Next Door (Schrödinger's Cat #1)

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In The Universe Next Door, the President of Unistat is Furbish Lousewart V; in that universe, a terrorist organization known as Purity of Essence (named after General Ripper's obsession in the film Dr. Strangelove) threatens to detonate nuclear devices in major cities all over Unistat. Also mirroring Dr. Strangelove, Unistat has an automated device that will send nuclear m ...more
Mass Market, 256 pages
Published November 1st 1979 by Pocket
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This late 70s book has some of the most bizarre sex scenes I've ever come across - if you like that kind of thing, you may want to check it out. The bit where he tells the girl to pretend to be Margaret Thatcher while she fellates him is particularly memorable. "Swallow every drop of my white-hot cum, you bloody English bitch! I am an American citizen!"

Quantum mechanics is also involved, but I'm afraid I can't remember anything about that part. For some reason, I wasn't focussing very well.
J.M. Slowik
I was promised wacky! And wacky was received. This read almost like a filthy, druggy, grown-up version of A Wrinkle in Time-- here explaining various counter-intuitive concepts of quantum mechanics through a bizarre and subversive narrative, riffing on politics, pop culture and pop religion. I happened to like when Wilson wrote himself into it, too, including both direct criticism "known for his over-complicated book" and lavish, hyperbolic praise. It's funny but not hilarious, dark but not alto ...more
I think I'm too young to appreciate this book, and too little versed in American history/the occult/almost everything it refers too. I did enjoy Wilson's style and his love of shock-value passages, and being as I had just finished Infinite Jest before starting on The Universe Next Door, found the two authors had some marked resemblences.
I borrowed a book that contained the entire trilogy, but decided after finishing Book 1 that I had no desire to move onto the other two.
I first read this book when I was 10. Pretty sure that explains everything you need to know about me. Bob, you're twistin' my melon, man.
For an off-the-cuff description, this book can be thought of as somewhat more structured than a David Foster Wallace novel, and somewhat looser than a Kurt Vonnegut novel. Wilson describes the final days of a USA about to be destroyed by the atom bombs of a fifth column anarchist group--or not. Thanks to the vagaries of quantum physics, we see two different versions of the events leading up to the detonation, varying from each other in small but significant details. We also see a very wide, ecce ...more
Adam Miller
This book was great, my first attempt at his fiction after reading a few of his other books. This series is the sequel to the Illuminatus trilogy and offers a humorous view of modern society. His books are not the easiest and its good to go through them with attention. Ultimately the book was hilarious and jumps from character to character in a markov chain and there become many possible worlds. Highly recommended. Watch the version you read, some of the newer ones have omitted material.
Kelly Feldcamp
Sep 10, 2011 Kelly Feldcamp rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jane Wharton
Well I had heard Mr. Wilson's work was interesting, so I gave it a shot. All in all, I found this interesting enough to move on to the second book in the series.

Although I scored this book a 4 out of five, I did waver between 3 and 4. It was good, not great. I found Mr. Wilson's style to be somewhat similar to a combination of Douglas Adams(Hitchiker's guide to the Galaxy) and Brian Aldiss (Barefoot in the Head). Somehow I suspect I may have enjoyed the book more if I'd taken the time to get st
Elizabeth DeFalco
I have to admit that I despised this book. Only reason I finished it was because the SO would never let me live it down if I quit.
Lake Lady
quirky and kinda fun but nowhere near the quality of his Illuminatus Trilogy
Oct 26, 2011 Steven marked it as to-read
One of a trilogy based on ideas of Quantum theory.
Difficult to decipher; difficult to follow.
I loved this trilogy!
Not as good as Illuminatus!
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Robert Anton Wilson became, at various times, an American novelist, essayist, philosopher, polymath, psychonaut, futurist, libertarian and self-described agnostic mystic. Recognized as an Episkopos, Pope, and Saint of Discordianism by Discordians who care to label him as such, Wilson helped publicize the group/religion/melee through his writings, interviews, and strolls.

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