A.R. Bordon’s Fireball is a work that is reminiscent of works like The Illuminatus Trilogy, Philip K. Dick’s Valis and Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles in the sense that it’s essentially a sci-fi work, but it blurs the borders of fiction and reality. These works are all on some level devoted to presenting a cosmology, a view of what the world is that goes beyond just fiction and is meant to engage with our reality.
This book revolves around a mysterious government organization known as the National Space Security Agency, who have to stop an extra planetary visitor, Marduk. Marduk is a kind of antichrist and causes all kinds of trouble as he tries to remake our world. The majority of the book is set in Washington D.C. and features a wide variety of governmental intrigue.
The book is written in such a way that even though it’s fictional, the conspiracy elements have clear resonance for our world. In addition to those works I mentioned before, The X-Files is a clear influence. That work was never meant to be anything other than fiction, but watching it, there was always that question, could this really happen? Are there government conspiracies going on now? Are there aliens visiting our planet? I love this kind of stuff, fiction that takes sci-fi elements into a reality based setting, and that’s what this work does, present us with a hypothetical vision that’s at once completely fictional, and at times rather ridiculous, but still relevant to the world we’re living in today.
It’s always bothered that people claimed government conspiracy theories were no longer valid after 9/11. During the 90s we had all kinds of paranoid fiction, aliens, JFK, anything was game for investigation. Why isn’t 9/11 getting the same kind of attention from conspiracy theorists that JFK did? There are some investigations, but it’s all dismissed as completely ridiculous. I don’t think that the government instigated 9/11 directly, but it’s certainly a valid issue to ponder.
On a more real level, we saw things worse than even the most paranoid person could ponder happening right in front of us as George Bush and his crew sent us to war with Iraq on lies, plain and simple lies, while at the same time writing off anyone who dared oppose them as un-American. As they continue to rewrite the history of the Iraq War, the worst thing is that no one calls them on it. Bush has done more damage to America than Osama Bin Laden, and it took far too long for people to stop believing in him.
Works like this book are a sign that the spell he holds on us is breaking; it’s a work about false prophets and secret governments, and I’m glad to see that back in the cultural spotlight. That said, this isn’t the kind of book that’s necessarily going to have mass appeal. It’s more in line with the cult appeal of those works I mentioned earlier. After all, any book with a 15 page appendix entitled “This is the Magna of Life in All the Worlds: By the Word of the YHWH Creator Principle.” If you just read that and thought it sounded stupid, this probably isn’t the book for you. But, if you read it and thought “Awesome,” get a copy as soon as you can.