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

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9780156031790: Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons

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"Forget geek stereotypes. Parsons's life seems straight out of a Hollywood thriller. . . . Pendle's book leaves us with a taste of genius's energy and fragility." -- Los Angeles Magazine
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.
In this dazzling portrait of prewar superstition, cold war paranoia, and futuristic possibility, George Pendle re-creates the world of John Parsons, leader of the motley band of enthusiastic young men who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a cornerstone of the American space program. With a cast of characters including Howard Hughes, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein, Strange Angel explores the unruly consequences of genius.
"[Pendle] depicts Parsons' short, spectacular life as akin to one of his early rocket tests a brilliant flash, a quick soar, and an inevitable, erratic fizzle back to Earth. Pendle weaves a fascinating yarn, reaching from the earliest sci-fi dreams of manned spaceflight to the real-life trial-and-error process that would eventually make it possible." --Seattle Times
GEORGE PENDLE writes about science, art, and culture for the Times (London), the Sunday Times, and the Financial Times, among other publications. He lives in New York City.
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"Pendle weaves a fascinating yarn. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it."

"This is your book if you want to start reading up on the space age. Highly recommended."

This amazing book is set in a more brightly coloured universe than most scientific lives are.

"An engaging treatment of a time when the modern world moved at the same speed as crazed mania."

"A spellbinding story of a man with eccentricities that went well beyond a fascination with rocketry."

"Strange Angel could be a hybrid sired by Gravity's Rainbow out of Foucault's Pendulum. Explosively fascinating."

"ÝA¨ rambunctiously funny, deliriously weird, and incredibly true story of a space-science pioneer turned lustful witch." -- author of CITY OF QUARTZ "Mike Davis"

"Pendle weaves a fascinating yarn. You don''t have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it."

"A fascinating glimpse, a story that would make a compelling work of fiction if it weren''t so astonishingly true."

"Elegantly written. Pendle, with his graceful, measured prose, skilfully steers us through the quagmire of Parson''s personal life."

PRAISE FOR"STRANGE ANGEL"

"Pendle weaves a fascinating yarn . . . he deftly and seemingly effortlessly leads his readers through the technical aspects of Parsons' work. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it." - The Seattle Times

"Pasadena's famous Craftsman mansions disgorge their ghosts in this rambunctiously funny, deliriously weird, and incredibly true story of a space-science pioneer turned lustful witch."
- Mike Davis, author of City of Quatrz

"As a history of space travel, Strange Angel is a cornerstone. This is your book if you want to start reading up on the space age. Highly recommended."- Ray Bradbury
PRAISE FOR" STRANGE ANGEL"

"Pendle weaves a fascinating yarn . . . he deftly and seemingly effortlessly leads his readers through the technical aspects of Parsons' work. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it." - The Seattle Times

"Pasadena's famous Craftsman mansions disgorge their ghosts in this rambunctiously funny, deliriously weird, and incredibly true story of a space-science pioneer turned lustful witch."
- Mike Davis, author of City of Quatrz

"As a history of space travel, Strange Angel is a cornerstone. This is your book if you want to start reading up on the space age. Highly recommended."- Ray Bradbury
PRAISE FOR" STRANGE ANGEL"
"Pendle weaves a fascinating yarn . . . he deftly and seemingly effortlessly leads his readers through the technical aspects of Parsons' work. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it." - The Seattle Times
"Pasadena's famous Craftsman mansions disgorge their ghosts in this rambunctiously funny, deliriously weird, and incredibly true story of a space-science pioneer turned lustful witch."
- Mike Davis, author of City of Quatrz
"As a history of space travel, Strange Angel is a cornerstone. This is your book if you want to start reading up on the space age. Highly recommended."- Ray Bradbury



PRAISE FOR STRANGE ANGEL
"Pendle weaves a fascinating yarn . . . he deftly and seemingly effortlessly leads his readers through the technical aspects of Parsons' work. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it." - The Seattle Times
"Pasadena's famous Craftsman mansions disgorge their ghosts in this rambunctiously funny, deliriously weird, and incredibly true story of a space-science pioneer turned lustful witch."
- Mike Davis, author of City of Quatrz
"As a history of space travel, Strange Angel is a cornerstone. This is your book if you want to start reading up on the space age. Highly recommended."- Ray Bradbury



"A riveting tale of rocketry, the occult, and boom-and-bust 1920s and 1930s Los Angeles."
--starred review "Booklist "

"[A] rambunctiously funny, deliriously weird, and incredibly true story of a space-science pioneer turned lustful witch."
--author of CITY OF QUARTZ "Mike Davis "

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