Eric Voegelin, 1901–1985
Ah, the magical connections disclosed by Wikipedia abuse!
I’ve just discovered Eric Voegelin by clicking through to him from the wiki’s Illuminatus! article.
I read Illuminatus! in 1978, and it had a lasting psychoactive effect on me. I was reading its wiki page just now because I keep hearing references to the book by people who weren’t born yet then. Illuminatus! is indescribable, but the wiki describes it as
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
The book was written around 1970, and was dismissed as amateurish junk by science fiction readers when it was finally published in 1975. It should have immediately disappeared forever, but apparently it’s going strong four decades later.
Perhaps its prescient postmodernism is why it has aged well? Postmodernism wasn’t yet really a thing in 1975. Illuminatus! is more a forerunner; and it has more of the disjointedness of an acid trip, or paranoid-schizophrenic hallucinations, than the elegant re-order of Serious Postmodern Fiction. Serious Fiction is mostly fashionable rubbish, and seems quaint after a decade or two.
So, Eric Voegelin. (This blog post is going to have a point; just you wait and see!)