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This book tells the life story of a very strange, very brilliant, very funny, very tormented man who had at least three major occupations and no less than four names. He acted as scientist, as occultist, as political dissident and often as a simple eejit (just like you and me).
Scientists, aware of his tremendous contributions to space science, generally call him John Parsons, and they've even named a crater on the moon after him. Those occultists who know of his work in their very specialized arts call him Jack Parsons, the name he himself preferred; in some magick lodges they consider him second only to Aleister Crowley as a progenitor of the New Aeon...and, as this biography documents, this odd bird actually had the legal name Marvel Whiteside Parsons imposed on him at birth....
As Nietzsche wrote in the Antichrist: "The hatred of intellect, of pride, courage, freedom of intellect, is Christian; the hatred of the senses, of the delights of the senses, of all delight, is Christian...the concepts of 'the other world,' 'the last judgement,' 'the immortality of the soul,' 'soul' itself: they are torture instruments, they are the systems of cruelty by which the priests become masters."
Against this system of cruelty Nietzche rebelled, and Aleister Crowley rebelled, and Jack Parsons rebelled: and because of them we now stand on the brink of an explosion of consciousness that literally can extend our minds and carry our bodies to the farthest stars.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-223) and index.