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Book Title: Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons|
The author of the book: John Carter
Edition: Feral House
Date of issue: April 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9781932595666
Format files: PDF
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A fine and easily read biography of Jack Parsons (1914-1952). The author progresses in a workmanlike fashion with little flair or style, merely trotting out fact after fact, usually chronologically but sometimes in a more confusing fashion, with diversions which could have been cleaned up. After the brilliant introduction by the late Robert Anton Wilson (and the lamentation in realizing that there is a finite amount of R.A.W.'s writing which I have not yet read, which can never increase), Carter's tale of Parsons begins and is quite engrossing, despite its above mentioned flaws.
I was largely ignorant of both the American OTO, the history of rocket research in CalTech and J.P.L (Jet Propulsion Lab, or Jack Parson's Laboratory? Or Jack Parson Lives!) and the early history of rocket research in the US (Parsons met Robert Goddard, and possibly even Werner Von Braun after the war), and I had previously though that Parsons was merely interested in Crowley. Actually, they had a large correspondence, Parsons sent THE BEAST money, and Crowley was interested in Parson's life and work. Crowley was disappointed when Parsons was swindled out of thousands of dollars by none other than L. Ron Hubbard himself, whom THE BEAST 666 calls a 'confidence man'!
Actually, that L. Ron Hubbard, a scheisty sci-fi pulp author and neophyte magickal adept, would steal a high ranking thelemic magician's money (which Parsons got from cashing out of Aerojet Inc, which still services NASA) and his girlfriend, buy a yacht with it, and run the risk of magickal retribution is pretty crazy in and of itself. I was happy to see the linkages between all these interesting 20th century personages (Crowley, Parsons, L.Ron Hubbard, Lovecraft, Von Braun, Goddard, Phillip K Dick even), which kept me reading straight through, finishing the book in about 10 hours total. Also interesting were the diversions into the 19th century history of the OTO, and mini-biographies of Dr. John Dee, court magician to Queen Elizabeth I, and Edward Kelley, his partner in what could only be described as spooky medieval Enochian shenanigans.
• Line 4, page XIV of the introduction by R.A.W. contains a spelling error: 'fundamtalists'.
• In a footnote, Carter mentions that a Master Mason knocks three times to be admitted to the lodge for initiation. This is wrong as only a candidate for 1˚ is 'initiated', whereas a Master Mason 3˚ has been 'raised' to the sublime degree of Master Mason and would not need to knock for admittance, unless he is outside the lodge after it has been opened.
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