Ecstasy Club by Douglas Rushkoff
A Novel

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When the young, hypertalented idealists who call themselves Ecstasy Club find an abandoned piano factory in Oakland, they make it the focus of a round-the-clock rave the likes of which the Bay Area has never seen before. They also make the factory a base camp in their search for a method of time travel that combines computer wizadry, esoteric spirituality, and mind-altering substances. The club's mesmeric leader, Duncan, and our resourceful narrator, Zach, actually manage to "break time" online, only to discover that an unsettling array of characters has beat them to it. Government agents, corporate saboteurs, religious zealots, and even the local cops are suddenly out to get the club. As they battle an ingeniously conceived conspiracy (think Thomas Pynchon meets the X-FILES), Zach battles his own growing affection for Duncan's lover, Lauren, and begins to wonder whether enlightenment is all it's cracked up to be.

About Douglas Rushkoff

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Douglas Rushkoff was born on February 18, 1961. After graduating from Princeton University he received an MFA in Directing from California Institute of the Arts. He has written numerous magazine columns on topics including cyberculture and has been aired on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's All Things Considered and published in The New York Times and Time magazine. Rushkoff has taught at the MaybeLogic Academy, NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, and the Esalen Institute, and he teaches media studies at the New School University. Rushkoff lectures around the world about media, art, society, and change at conferences and universities. He consults to museums, governments, synagogues, churches, universities, and companies on new media arts and ethics. Rushkoff won the first Neil Postman award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. He is on the Boards of the Media Ecology Association, The Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, Technorealism, The National Association for Media Literacy Education,, and Hyperwords. His bestselling books include graphic novels, Cyberia, Media Virus, Playing the Future, Nothing Sacred: The Truth about Judaism, Get Back in the Box: Innovation from the Inside Out, Coercion, and Life Inc.
Published January 1, 1997 by SCEPTRE. 315 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And, like many paranoids, Duncan has real enemies: All the troubles that befall the naive space-trippers are in fact engineered by a grand conspiracy involving Cosmotology, the government, and some characters who resemble such famed space cadets as Timothy Leary and John Lilly.

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After creating the Ecstasy Club — a drug-experimenting, computer-hacking utopian society in an abandoned Oakland factory — 26-year-old Zach explains, ''All those breathy cyber-books of the early nineties tried to explain the notion of 'designer reality,' but we were really going to live it.'...

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