Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons

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HMH, 6 de fev de 2006 - 368 páginas
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Now a CBS All Access series: “A riveting tale of rocketry, the occult, and boom-and-bust 1920s and 1930s Los Angeles” (Booklist).

The Los Angeles Times headline screamed: ROCKET SCIENTIST KILLED IN PASADENA EXPLOSION. The man known as Jack Parsons, a maverick rocketeer who helped transform a derided sci-fi plotline into actuality, was at first mourned as a scientific prodigy. But reporters soon uncovered a more shocking story: Parsons had been a devotee of the city’s occult scene.
 
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 a world of incantations and orgiastic rituals—if he could make rocketry a reality, why not black magic?
 
George Pendle re-creates the world of John Parsons in this dazzling portrait of prewar superstition, cold war paranoia, and futuristic possibility. Peopled with such formidable real-life figures as Howard Hughes, Aleister Crowley, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein, Strange Angel explores the unruly consequences of genius.

The basis for a new miniseries created by Mark Heyman and produced by Ridley Scott, this biography “vividly tells the story of a mysterious and forgotten man who embodied the contradictions of his time . . . when science fiction crashed into science fact. . . . [It] would make a compelling work of fiction if it weren’t so astonishingly true” (Publishers Weekly).
 
 

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Comentário do usuário  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

Wow. I thought I was weird. John Whiteside Parsons was simultaneously: * A pioneering rocket scientist, who testified at a trial as an expert witness on explosives at age 23; invented JATO units and ... Ler resenha completa

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Comentário do usuário  - gregtmills - LibraryThing

It’s the true story of the high school dropout who helped launched the space program, John Parsons. But this is no fuck-up does good and become Lee Iacocca bullshit. Parsons was a WACKO, as well as an ... Ler resenha completa

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Prologue
1 Paradise
2 Moon Child
3 Erudition
4 The Suicide Squad
5 Fraternity
6 The Mass
7 Brave New World
8 Zenith
9 Degrees of Freedom
10 A New Dawn
11 Rock Bottom
12 Into the Abyss
Epilogue
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George Pendle’s articles about science, art, and culture can be found in the Times (London), the Sunday Times, and the Financial Times, among other publications. He lives in New York City.

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