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Cosmic Suicide: The Tragedy and Transcendence of Heaven's Gate

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  13 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Cosmic Suicide is the definitive study of the Heaven's Gate cult. Consisting of neither tabloid trash nor New Age pabulum, it details the group from its origin in the early 1970's to the sensational mass suicide in 1997. By providing perspective and insight into the cult's attitudes and beliefs, Cosmic Suicide places Heaven's Gate within a historical context of millenarian ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Pentaradial Press
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Anita Dalton
When I began reading this book I thought there would not be much that was new to me. I had already read quite a bit about the Heaven’s Gate cult, those strange, asexual computer geeks in California who killed themselves en masse to be able to board the spacecraft they were sure was traveling behind the Hale-Bopp comet. And in a way, I was correct. The book tells very succinctly the story of how two lost souls – Marshall Applewhite and Betty Lu Nettles – met and fed off each other, creating the N ...more
I've always wanted to read a book about this, and found one (autographed, even) in the used bookstore the other day. I remember listening to the Art Bell show while Hale-Bopp was visible, and hearing all the talk of a possible extraterrestrial "companion" in its wake, then hearing about the associated Heaven's Gate mass suicide at St. Mark's coffeehouse one morning. This book about that community, most of whose members killed themselves in hopes of catching a ride with this companion (which they ...more
Tyler Anderson
Not without flaws or problems, but a good book nonetheless. This was the first book to come out discussing the Heaven's Gate cult, its history and mass suicide. It was written by two scholars and students of the weird, enthusiasts of the unusual, and it shows. The narrative remains upbeat and sanguine without being obnoxious, and delves into details we all would like to know but might be shy to ask after. Highly readable, highly interesting, highly unsettling.

I really would give this 3.5 stars i
Forrest Jackson
I shouldn't write a review because it would be biased. Rodney Perkins and I wrote Cosmic Suicide for presentation at the Center for Study on New Religious Movements conference in Amsterdam (1997). Please visit www pentaradial com for more information.
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