Strange Angel by George Pendle – Audiobooks , MP3
Review Strange Angel
About Author George Pendle
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+ Author : George Pendle (Author), James Langton (Narrator)
+ Format : MP3 ( without DRM – You can listen on many Other Devices )
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+ Listening Length : 11 hours and 16 minutes
+ Language : English
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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This seemed to be equal parts biography, local Pasadena history lesson, and a glimpse of the occult in the 1930s, with rocketry as the underlying theme tying all together. I thoroughly enjoyed it since Im a rocket enthusiast, but I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars because I felt the story often diverged into too many unecessary details, such as sometimes feeling more like a biography of Allister Crowley towards the end, for instance. Anyone interested in rockets or the occult, and particularly both, will definitely enjoy this.
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