My username comes from a book titled ‘Omon Ra’ and my profile pic is one of the covers of the book. It’s written by one of my favorite authors, a Russian writer, Victor Pelevin. The book is about a guy who begrudgingly joins the Russian military so he can reach his dream of being a cosmonaut. Omon is his given name, which his father named him after the Soviet SWAT-like special police forces (pronounced Amun apparently), and Ra is what he ‘renamed’ himself, after the Egyptian sun god (Amun is another Egyptian god who was ‘combined’ with Ra at some point as well). He eventually gets a place on a mission to the moon, only to find out the Soviet space program is not all that it seems. IMO, it’s not Pelevin’s best work, but I still enjoyed the book a lot. He writes a lot about the fall of the Soviet Union, the absurdity of Soviet propaganda and thinking, society dealing with the changes from communism (either its rise or fall), spiritual/transcendental themes, and all with a quasi-scifi twist. It is translated, so sometimes there are some parts that just don’t make sense. ‘Buddah’s Little Finger’ is my favorite of his, and he wrote a modern retelling of Theseus and the Minotaur called ‘The Helmet of Horror’ which I also really like a lot. It’s written like a chat room conversation, which is odd at first, but it works really well for the book.