Much has been made of a connection between Robert Heinlein and Parsons, and it has been said that Heinlein was the first person to whom Parsons introduced his second wife, Cameron. Parsons is also thought to have corresponded with Heinlein after his leaving Hollywood; unfortunately, Mrs. Heinlein destroyed all of her husband’s correspondence from the period before they were married. However, Mrs. Heinlein and L. Sprague de Camp have maintained that Heinlein did not know Parsons, although Cameron asserted their meeting occurred and was later covered up. Claims that Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land
was influenced by Parsons and thelema
are left to the reader’s judgement.
An essay in Rapid Eye#3
entitled “Whence Came the Stranger” seems to document a definite relationship between Heinlein and Parsons. In (his essay, Adam Rostoker Wrote, “Parsons and Heinlein were quite close friends. They may have met at the Los Angeles Science Fiction Fan Club [Science Fantasy Society], which maintained a reading room . . . [They] were certainly seen there together.” In a footnote he related that Marjorie Cameron, Parsons’ second wife, was the source of this information: "Heinlein was the first person Parsons ever introduced her to. She didn’t care for Heinlein too much; he was 'too slick, too Hollywood. But Jack and he were good friends.'" Adam Rostoker is the same "Adam Walks-Between-Worlds" of the Church of All Worlds which was inspired by Heinlein’ s Stranger in a Strange Land
. He may have published a similar article in that organization’s Green Egg
Williamson documents science writer and member of the German Rocket Society Willy Ley’s occasional presence at meetings of the Mańana Literary Society, an informal science fiction discussion group which met at Heinlein’s house, so Parsons may have met his old correspondent there—assuming he was in fact a part of Heinlein’s circle.
Carter, John. (1999). Sex and Rockets The Occult World of Jack Parsons. Venice, California: Feral House.