About the Book
Several Science fiction classics fall into the must-read category for fans of the genre.
In fact, many of the best science fiction stories ever written are produced in other media, like the recent all-star movie for Frank Herbert’s Dune, and the TV series for Asimov’s Foundation and Robert Jordon’s Wheel of Time. This is a great time for fans of the genre to see their favorite stories come to life.
One of the best science fiction classics is L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth.
This article focuses on the novel. Though I’m sure you have heard about the John Travolta movie, which is quite entertaining—check out the over 1,000 Amazon reviewers giving it an average 3.9-star rating. And it still runs on TV as one of the sci-fi cult classics.
Here is the description of the epic sci-fi novel and a few of the questions from an author interview done with L. Ron Hubbard for the launch of the book:
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
…Man is an endangered species.
Is it the end of the world or the rebirth of a new one?
Earth is a dystopian wasteland. Spreading the seeds of revolt, Jonnie and a small band of survivors pit their quest for freedom in an all-out rebellion that erupts across the continents of Earth and the cosmic sprawl of the Psychlo empire.
The fate of the Galaxy lies on the Battlefield of Earth.
You’ll love this epic New York and London Times bestseller by L. Ron Hubbard because, as Publishers Weekly said, “This has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy, and intergalactic finance.”
“A terrific story! A masterpiece.” —Robert A. Heinlein
“Pulse-pounding mile-a-minute. A masterpiece of popular adventure science fiction.” —Brandon Sanderson
“Over 1,000 pages of thrills, spills, vicious aliens, and noble humans. Un-put-downable.” —Neil Gaiman
“It is pure entertainment.” — Portsmouth News Centre (United Kingdom)
Book Club Selection: “I recommend this book. If you appreciate classic science fiction, you will relish this book. It is for readers seeking heroes, adventure, aliens, and sci-fi technology. I include young adults in my recommendation.” —OnlineBookClub.org, with a free discussion guide: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/pqwb46hb72
About the Author
With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 350 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most enduring and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and ’40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age, including perennial and New York Times bestsellers such as Battlefield Earth, Mission Earth, Fear, Final Blackout, and To the Stars. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.
“One of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century.” —Publishers Weekly
L. Ron Hubbard was a renaissance man who traveled the world and studied 21 races and cultures. He had a vast canvas of raw material with which to create realistic characters and settings, and considered this a vital part of writing,
“I believe that the only way I can keep improving my work and my markets is by broadening my sphere of acquaintanceship with the world and its people and professions.” —L. Ron Hubbard
Author Interview with L. Ron Hubbard by the Rocky Mountain News for the original book launch (taken from the Battlefield Earth 21st Century Edition):
“Q: What made you return to science fiction writing after all these years?
“A: There are some activities that are simply so much fun that one can’t give them up. Writing is that for me. I love every opportunity to write.
“Many young writers are told to write in order to learn how to write. That is good advice. I used to find any excuse to write because I loved to do it. If I didn’t have a typewriter, I wrote in longhand.
“So when my 50th anniversary as a professional writer came around, I decided to celebrate it by doing it. It was like a present to myself, so to speak.
“I chose science fiction because there is great versatility in this genre. (A writer must pick his medium as carefully as a painter must pick his brush and colors.) Besides, science fiction is no longer the stepchild of literature. Star Wars created an entirely new following.…
“Plus, look at the bestseller lists and you will see the pattern repeating. Science fiction and space travel is dominant.
“Q: What direction do you see science fiction going now? Is the trend toward epics and battle stories such as Star Wars?
“A: You must remember that science fiction is simply a method or a means of telling the story. Regardless of the genre (science fiction, western, spy, romance), you will find that people like a story that is both real and has a purpose. It has to say something or achieve something.
“There is always an element that promotes your valueless or no-hope society, but compare their success with stories like Star Wars or E.T.…
“Science fiction points a direction because it does advocate a future. It is about Man and his Future.
“Q: Whom do you hope to reach with your latest work?
“A: I wrote Battlefield Earth for those who enjoy adventure, the will to survive and the basic spirit of the individual against impossible odds.
“Q: What is the message you hoped to convey in Battlefield Earth?
“A: That Man can survive.
“You see, we have prepared for war with virtually everyone on this planet; but we’ve never prepared for war with aliens.
“So I took this idea and wrote a story of mankind regaining its pride and its integrity after a thousand years of alien domination.” —Battlefield Earth 21st Century Edition
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