Sex and Rockets : The Occult World of Jack Parsons, Paperback

Sex and Rockets : The Occult World of Jack Parsons Paperback

2 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 254 pages, 1
  • Publisher: Feral House,U.S.
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  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780922915972



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“Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parson,” by John Carter, contains all of the material for what should be a great book. A seminal rocket scientist who is equal parts brilliant inventor, playboy, and dabbler in drugs, deviant sex and Aleister Crowley style “magick” leads the kind of life that seems only imaginable by a pot-boiler writer of fiction – including being flimflammed and cuckolded by none other than the founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard, and coming to an untimely end in garage explosion that may or may not be accidental. The introduction, by Robert Anton Wilson, really hooks the reader and there is great anticipation as you turn the very first page of text by Carter. Alas, despite the great material, Carter is one of the worst writers I have encountered in some years. His story lacks structure or coherence, and he seems more interested in interrupting the flow -- of what is already a ponderous narrative -- with whole sections that reproduce magical incantations and declarations of “faith.” Carter seems to admire the hallucinogenic experiments of Parsons, and I couldn’t help but wonder if he wrote the whole book while tripping.A fascinating story that fails to be told here, I can only hope that someone with better skills takes up Parson’s story one day. I am intrigued enough to want to learn more about him, but I hope never to have to read even one more paragraph by John Carter.