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June 13, 2004

The Year After Armageddon

long_voyage_back It’s time for me to get personal. I am going to start getting deeper here into some of the things that had a lasting influence on my life.

The first item is the book Long Voyage Back. I’ve read this scary book at least half a dozen times, and I’d like to recommend it to anybody who cares. It is a realistic story of a group of survivors in the afternmath of a nuclear war.

The book is an easy read and not necessarily high-brow, but the details of it are so gripping that you know that this is how the world is going to end, not with fire but with ice .

I had the honor of meeting the author of this book, Luke Rhinehart, and spent a weekend at his house in upstate New York in 1990. Rhinehart’s most famous book is the funny & disturbing, The Dice Man, which describes a fictional psychotherapist's account (also named Luke Rhinehart) of his descent into mayhem. The Dice Man developed a unique cult following for over 30 years, mostly outside the US. Imagine gambling with your life so that your every decision is made by the random roll of a dice. That was the premise behind the book. Many people from the anarchistic 70’s on and even today have been Playing the Dice; There were Dice-communes, movies, a whole sub-culture of Dice people.

If you’ve never heard of them, I highly recommend both books. Here’s a long Interview with Luke Rhinehart. Here’s an inside joke that he would appreciate - Rhinehart’s tombstone .

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New Stagers Theatre Club, a young, talented non-professional group, is staging Paul lucas's The Dice House in London on 20-23 July. Details have been given to Luke rhinehart, who emailed us to find out more about the show. See www.newstagers.co.uk for details.

Posted by: Ian Pring at Jul 14, 2005 4:14:06 AM

New Stagers Theatre Club, a young, talented non-professional group, is staging Paul Lucas's The Dice House in London on 20-23 July. Details have been given to Luke Rhinehart, who emailed us to find out more about the show. See www.newstagers.co.uk for details.

Posted by: Ian Pring at Jul 14, 2005 4:15:27 AM

A film presented by Luke Rhinehart, DICE WORLD, was shown on Channel Four UK. In it he discusses dicing, how he came to the idea and his life now. It also features people who have live by the dice with often difficult consequences. It's available at www.bigtablefilm.com

Posted by: Gary Johnstone at Jan 25, 2006 9:14:41 AM