Author: Pendle, George
Book title: Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons
Publication date: 2005
Location: Orlando, Florida
Publisher: Harcourt Books
Description: Letter from L. Sprague de Camp to Isaac Asimov re: L. Ron Hubbard and Sara Northrup Hubbard
Parsons’ pursuit of Hubbard had been closely followed by Hubbard’s fellow science fiction writers. For L. Sprague de Camp, a Caltech graduate in aeronautical engineering and now one of the most popular science fiction and fantasy writers of the day, the events confirmed his already low opinion of Hubbard. In a letter to Isaac Asimov, he wrote:
The more complete story of Hubbard is that he is now in Fla. living on his yacht with a man-eating tigress named Betty-alias-Sarah, another of the same kind … He will probably soon thereafter arrive in these parts with Betty-Sarah, broke, working the poor-wounded-veteran racket for all its worth, and looking for another easy mark. Don’t say you haven’t been warned. Bob [Robert Heinlein] thinks Ron went to pieces morally as a result of the war. I think that’s fertilizer, that he always was that way, but when he wanted to conciliate or get something from somebody he could put on a good charm act. What the war did was to wear him down to where he no longer bothers with the act.