In House of Rumour, Ian Fleming and Aleister Crowley win World War II

World War II is often the go-to historical moment for alternate history novels. But in Jake Arnott's novel House of Rumour it becomes the focal point for a secret history that's stranger and more elaborate than just "What if the Nazis won?" Arnott weaves figures like L. Ron Hubbard and Virginia Woolf into a… » 4/19/13 1:20pm 4/19/13 1:20pm

The strangely true connection between Scientology, the Jet Propulsion…

One of the weirdest historical confluences you can imagine took place in Pasadena, California, in the 1940s. There, a darkly handsome young man and chemistry autodidact named Jack Parsons had just made a bundle of money by inventing solid rocket fuel and selling it to the military. He was part of a group of… » 1/24/13 1:20pm 1/24/13 1:20pm

Full-length trailer for The Master shows what happens to people who…

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master promises to be one of the year's most intense movies, using the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard as a jumping-off point to look at post-World War II trauma and people's eagerness to believe in some weird-ass cosmology. After two teaser trailers, here's your first longer… » 7/23/12 8:30am 7/23/12 8:30am

How I Helped L. Ron Hubbard to 'Take Over the Planet'

Back when queer activist Kate Bornstein was a boy named Al, she was a leading member of the Church of Scientology. She served aboard L. Ron Hubbard's flagship, and even worked directly with Hubbard on a campaign to control Scientology members more completely. Bornstein's new memoir A Queer and Pleasent Danger explains… » 5/29/12 11:00am 5/29/12 11:00am

Scientology's 1969 Predictions for Life in 2010... on Another Planet

This is one of the greatest things I've seen this week. Back in 1969, Scientology's magazine Advance! put out an article about how great things would be in the year 2010... but just to hedge their bets a little, the article is set on another planet. Find out how the introduction of Scientology made everything "groovy" on … » 3/16/12 4:00pm 3/16/12 4:00pm

EA Denies Scientology Subtext in Dead Space

Does the new scifi horror game Dead Space have a hidden agenda against Scientologists? We've told you all about EA's sci-fi horror game Dead Space » 10/23/08 2:06pm 10/23/08 2:06pm - including the , and even . But now we've started hearing rumors about the game's hidden references to Xenu and the gang.The unlikely charge came from an email we received …

When Xenu Attacks!

Click to viewYesterday we gave you a chance to read L. Ron Hubbard's 1970s novella, "Revolt in the Stars," which tells the most secret story at the heart of Scientology. We meet Xenu, the urbane dictator who murdalized a bunch of "undesirable" aliens billions of years ago by tossing them down to Earth next to volcanoes.… » 6/03/08 3:12pm 6/03/08 3:12pm

Get the Skinny on Scientology's Favorite Alien, from Leaked Short Story …

Anyone who has heard about the Ultimate Secret of Scientology, the tale of Xenu the alien and his cruel volcano-esploding ways, has probably wanted to know more. What motivated Xenu? What kinds of clothes did he wear and what was his favorite music? Was he friends with psychiatrists? What were his true feelings about… » 6/02/08 12:43pm 6/02/08 12:43pm