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Sex and rockets : the occult world of Jack Parsons
Carter, John.
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Venice, Calif. : Feral House, [1999]

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xxv, 229 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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BF1408.2.P37 C37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A biography of the century's most strange men, Parsons was a primary architect of modern rocket science and co-founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratory - a crater on the moon was named after him. His secretive interests, however, were more bizarre and involved him in underwriting the notorious Aleister Crowley whose Book of the Law' he considered to be the new Holy Book. Parsons also held numerous soirees where weird black magick rituals were performed under the eyes of none other than L Ron Hubbard who then made off with his money and his wife. Stranger than fiction'

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John Carter is the pseudonym of an individual who wishes to remain unknown

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Jack Parsons' resumewould fill a book. Robert Anton Wilson's introduction to Carter's biography calls Parsons a scientist, occultist, political dissident, and "simple damned eejit." As John Parsons, he was a Cal Tech^-trained rocket scientist; as John Whiteside Parsons, a libertarian ideologue; as Jack Parsons, an occultist. He was Marvel Whiteside Parsons to Mom and Dad. The rocket engineer was probably inspired by the intellectual ferment of pulp sf. The other identities Parsons spun out of his many interests and abilities. A devotee of satanist Aleister Crowley, he was important in promulgating the Beast's (i.e., Crowley's) New Aeon, which is the most interesting and titillating aspect of Parsons' story. Replete with zany twists and turns: plenty of dirt on the Masons, the Templars, and their playmates: and turn-ons too numerous to list, Carter's entertaining book is also an introduction to the occult and several aspects of New Age thought and writing. Parsons may be obscure, but he cut a figure that gives Harry Potter^-banners something real to fear. --Mike Tribby

Table of Contents

Robert Anton Wilson
Introductionp. VII
Prefacep. XXV
1 The Early Years: 1914-1936p. 1
2 Parsons at Caltech: 1936-1939p. 15
3 A Short History of the OTOp. 37
4 Parsons' Double Life: 1940-1942p. 47
5 The Return to South Orange Grove Ave.: 1942-1945p. 83
6 An Introduction to Enochian Magicp. 109
7 The Babalon Working, Part 1: January-February 1946p. 119
8 The Babalon Working, Part 2: March 1946p. 135
9 Parsons' Final Years: 1946-1952p. 155
10 Death and Beyondp. 177
Appendix Photographsp. 199
Appendix A Primary Bibliographyp. 217
Appendix B Secondary Bibliographyp. 218
Appendix C Additional Referencesp. 220
Appendix D Sources for More Informationp. 223
Indexp. 225