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Strange angel : the otherworldly life of rocket scientist John Whiteside Parsons /

Traces the life story of the rocket scientist whose work was dismissed after his accidental death revealed his occult beliefs, discussing his contributions to rocketry and his participation in the occult community of 1930s Los Angeles.

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  • "Traces the life story of the rocket scientist whose work was dismissed after his accidental death revealed his occult beliefs, discussing his contributions to rocketry and his participation in the occult community of 1930s Los Angeles."
  • "Traces the life story of the rocket scientist whose work was dismissed after his accidental death revealed his occult beliefs, discussing his contributions to rocketry and his participation in the occult community of 1930s Los Angeles."@en
  • "Rocket scientist John Whiteside Parsons' death in an explosion in 1952 at first appeared to be a tragic accident, but later a more sinister story of occult rites emerged. In 'Strange Angel' John Pendleton takes readers into Parsons' world of superstition, cold war paranoia, and futuristic possibility."
  • "A lonely misfit born into a wealthy Pasadena family, as a boy Parsons read science fiction and launched rockets in his backyard. By his early twenties, he was a leader of Caltech's "Suicide Squad," the motley band of young enthusiasts who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But his visionary imagination also led him into the occult community thriving in 1930s Los Angeles, and when fantasy's pull became stronger than reality, he lost both his work and his wife. With a cast of characters that includes Aleister Crowley, Howard Hughes, L. Ron Hubbard, Robert Heinlein, Theodore von Kármán, and Albert Einstein, this book recovers a fascinating life and explores the unruly consequences of genius."
  • "A lonely misfit born into a wealthy Pasadena family, as a boy Parsons read science fiction and launched rockets in his backyard. By his early twenties, he was a leader of Caltech's "Suicide Squad," the motley band of young enthusiasts who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But his visionary imagination also led him into the occult community thriving in 1930s Los Angeles, and when fantasy's pull became stronger than reality, he lost both his work and his wife. With a cast of characters that includes Aleister Crowley, Howard Hughes, L. Ron Hubbard, Robert Heinlein, Theodore von Kármán, and Albert Einstein, this book recovers a fascinating life and explores the unruly consequences of genius."@en
  • "ROCKET SCIENTIST KILLED IN PASADENA EXPLOSION screamed the headline of the Los Angeles Times. John Parsons, a maverick rocketeer who helped transform the rocket from a derided sci-fi plotline into a reality, was at first mourned as a scientific prodigy. But reporters soon uncovered a more shocking story: Parsons had been a devotee of black magic.George Pendle re-creates the world of John Parsons in this dazzling portrait of prewar superstition, cold war paranoia, and futuristic possibility. Fueled by childhood dreams of space flight, Parsons was a leader of the motley band of enthusiastic young men who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a cornerstone of the American space program. But Parsons's wild imagination also led him into the occult- for if he could make rocketry a reality, why not magic'With a cast of characters including Howard Hughes,L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein, Strange Angel explores the unruly consequences of genius."@en

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