The Psilocybin Solution, paperback

In my zone of research, psychedelics and language, Simon Powell is a card-carrying member of the Guild of Xenolinguists. Xenolinguistics is the study of alien languages. I use the term to designate a class of psychedelic experience which involves visions of novel symbolic systems, novel ideas about language, and communication with the high strangeness of the Other. Powell’s work, The Psilocybin Solution, The Role of Sacred Mushrooms in the …

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The Maze Game, paperback


The Maze Game

The Maze Game tells the story of a cult of mortal Death Dancers who, for 2000 years, have kept the immortal Lifers riveted to a game of combat in a maze leading inevitably to the spectacle of the Dance of Death. The maze itself is made of the signs of a language, Glide, revealed to the Dancers by the hallucinogenic blue water Lily. Now, the survival of the game itself is threatened. Dancemaster Wallenda and the four young Dancers of the Millennium Class battle Joreen, the drug lord plotting to regain control of the game. Wallenda is forced by Joreen to reveal the dark secrets of the maze game’s origin, at the risk of destroying his students’ commitment to Dance. But the greatest force undermining the game is love. As they train for and compete in the Millennium Games, each Dancer confronts the shifting faces of love and idealism, and comes to terms with the multiple meanings of the maze game, the Glide language, and the Dance of Death.


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