Sex And Rockets

Author: John Carter
Publisher: Feral House
ISBN: 9781932595666
Size: 16.70 MB
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Rocket scientist Jack Parsons called black magician Aleister Crowley his mentor.

Strange Angel

Author: George Pendle
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547545363
Size: 17.64 MB
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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. George Pendle re-creates the world of John Parsons in this dazzling portrait of prewar superstition, cold war paranoia, and futuristic possibility. 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 the occult- for if he could make rocketry a reality, why not magic? With a cast of characters including Howard Hughes, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein, Strange Angel explores the unruly consequences of genius.

High Soft Lisp

Author: Gilbert Hernandez
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
ISBN: 9781606993187
Size: 12.60 MB
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Gilbert Hernandez has taken this suite of stories (including the 48-page graphic novelette “High Soft Lisp”), originally serialized in the second volume of Love and Rockets, and fleshed them out with a dozen brand new pages, creating an original and inventive (and very steamy) volume that, through its connections to his main character Luba (Fritz is Luba’s half sister, and characters from the Luba stories pop up here), works both as a standalone graphic novel and a further exploration of Hernandez’s rich world.

Rocket Boys

Author: Homer Hickam
Publisher: Dell
ISBN: 0440333873
Size: 15.47 MB
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The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir--a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true. With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible, even in a company town that swallowed its men alive. A story of romance and loss, of growing up and getting out, Homer Hickam's lush, lyrical memoir is a chronicle of triumph--at once exquisitely written and marvelously entertaining. One of the most beloved bestsellers in recent years, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir. A powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the end of the 1950s, it is the story of a mother's love and a father's fears, of growing up and getting out. With the grace of a natural storyteller, Homer Hickam looks back after a distinguished NASA career to tell his own true story of growing up in a dying coal town and of how, against the odds, he made his dreams of launching rockets into outer space come true. A story of romance and loss and a keen portrait of life at an extraordinary point in American history, Rocket Boys is a chronicle of triumph.

Aleister Crowley And Western Esotericism

Author: Henrik Bogdan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199996063
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This volume is the first comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a study in contradictions. Born into a fundamentalist Christian family and educated at Cambridge, he was vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, yet revered as perhaps the most influential thinker in contemporary esotericism. Moving beyond the influence of contemporary psychology and the modernist understanding of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, was an eclectic combination of spiritual exercises drawn from Western European magical ceremonies and Indic sources for meditation and yoga. This journey of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual power as a magical discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's mixed masonic group, the Ordo Templi Orientis. The religion Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his role as a charismatic revelator and herald of a new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting influence can be seen in the counter-culture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s and in many forms of alternative spirituality and popular culture. The essays in this volume offer crucial insight into Crowley's foundational role in the study of Western esotericism, new religious movements, and sexuality.

Art Sex Music

Author: Cosey Fanni Tutti
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571328543
Size: 18.76 MB
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Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades. It is the account of an artist who, as part of COUM Transmissions, represented Britain at the IXth Biennale de Paris, whose Prostitution show at the ICA in 1976 caused the Conservative MP Nicholas Fairbairn to declare her, COUM and Throbbing Gristle 'Wreckers of Civilisation' . . . shortly before he was arrested for indecent exposure, and whose work continues to be held at the vanguard of contemporary art. And it is the story of her work as a pornographic model and striptease artiste which challenged assumptions about morality, erotica and art. Art Sex Music is the wise, shocking and elegant autobiography of Cosey Fanni Tutti.

Bunker 13

Author: Aniruddha Bahal
ISBN: 0571217400
Size: 19.89 MB
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Minty Mehta (aka MM) likes to play dangerously. When shooting a documentary in Kashmir about the Indian army and their conflict with the Pakistanis, he likes to indulge in a spot of parachute jumping with Major Rodriguez, doubling the thrill with a snort of amphetamine or Lady-H on the way down. Even when a Sikh officer dies on a jump it doesn't deter them from their headlong pursuit of hedonism; but it soon becomes clear MM doesn't really trust Rodriguez, for reasons that will become apparent after a raid on a village which offers shelter to the rebels. At Bunker 13 a massacre of civilians occurs along with the quarry but what lands in the Indian officers' possession is some very re-saleable military hardware and 100kg of the finest grade heroin you can find. Using his cover as the editor of a major Indian news magazine - to say nothing of his plentiful charm - MM orchestrates a deadly game of quadruple cross with some very violent Azerbaijanis, Sikhs, the Indian Secret Service and the Army. What he hasn't accounted for is the effect his affair with his boss's daughter will have on his complicated twilight life and even his identity. Slick, fast, cynical and gripping, Bunker 13 races towards a climax unmatched in recent fiction in prose that is as intoxicating as it is supple. Its depiction of a world riddled with political corruption and violence - all coloured with irresistible pursuit of his hedonistic impulses - is daring, invigorating, and without comparison.