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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxy Press; Reissue edition (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592120075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592120079
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (641 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This title is now better remembered for being transformed into one of the worst B-movies in history. Don't blame the book, however, which is well regarded in sf circles. This 20th-anniversary edition offers the full text of the original. Galaxy Press, which launched this July, will reprint a number of Hubbard's books. If your existing copy looks as if it has been on the battlefield, this quality hardcover will make a nice replacement.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"This has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy and intergalactic finance." —Publishers Weekly


"In the year 3000, Earth has been conquered by nine-foot-tall, gas-breathing alien invaders called Psychlos. The few surviving humans are treated as nothing more than pack animals worked to death mining the Earth of all its resources. But a small band of rebel humans, led by Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, vow to fight back against impossible odds and reclaim their planet.

"In the book's introduction, Hubbard states: "When I started out to write this novel, I wanted to write pure science fiction. Science is for people. And so is science fiction." If Battlefield Earth's phenomenal worldwide popularity is any indication — almost 7 million copies sold in 26 different languages -- it's safe to say that he succeeded. Considering the quality of the story (Battlefield Earth was voted as one of the top three English-language novels of the 20th century in a nationwide Modern Library reader's poll) and the tender loving care that went into the production, this 20th anniversary edition is more than pure science fiction. It's pure literary gold." —Paul Goat Allen - Barnes & Noble



"Over 1,000 pages of thrills, spills, vicious aliens and noble humans. I found Battlefield Earth un-put-downable." —Neil Gaiman


"A terrific story." —Robert A. Heinlein


"If you like the kind of fast, unrelenting 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' action, then this is the book for you.  It's a real page turner." —Rocky Mountain News


"An unrelenting, whooping good yarn" —Los Angeles Magazine


"An epic science fiction adventure, the absorbing story captures the mind and imagination." —Orange County Register

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The characters have no depth.
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I saw the movie before I read the book.
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122 of 154 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
The book is always fun to read. I've gone through it 3 times over 12 years. Each time I read it cover to cover, straight through. The style is deliberately over-the-top, and very humorous. Hubbard creates many outrageous scenes of high tension, bigger than life and melodramatic. It can't help but bring a smile to your face, as this book presents innumerable good vs. evil conflicts in the classic tradition.
The "Psychlos" are bumbling alien psychotics, so intent on guile and treachery they can't even grab a goo-food stick without provoking a knock down, drag out fight. Through sheer luck, they've stumbled upon technologies which empower them to rule most of the know universes (all 16 of them). The ponderous, overwhelming Psychlo bureaucracy, replete with the cruelest and pettiest, middle level paper pushers imaginable, sets up the perfect "evil empire" that Johnny Good Boy Tyler defeats at every turn, overcoming incredible odds and triumphing over treachery with intelligence, bravery, and unbelievable luck. The almost stereo-typical conflicts in the book are a basis for it's humor and entertainment value, given the author's talent for creating conflicts of epic, even galactic, proportions.
Although I normally read more intellectualy structured fiction, Hubbard somehow has the knack of creating an entertaining story that is fun to read despite it's intentionally low-brow approach. If you like funny, adventure/sci-fi, you will probably like this book a lot.
I liked this book more than the Hubbard "Dekaology". Battlefield Earth is pretty long, but generally holds my interest throughout. It's almost like (2) books, with an initial phase related just to earth, and a final phase, involving the 16 known universes.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brent Kopetski on January 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'll have to admit the only reason I first picked up this book was to get a background on the movie coming out this summer. After only a few pages, my imagination was captured, and I felt compelled to read all eight billion pages of it. Although it did lack in character value, and there always seemed to be a new twist around the corner, very few sci fi works come close to this immense undertaking. I recommend it to anyone that enjoys sci fi.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First off, I should say I am NOT a scientologist. I barely know anything about it and could, frankly, care less.

That being said, here's my review...

I read this book multiple times. This book was written in much the way old dime store science fiction books were written in the early 20th century. Here's Johnny Goodboy Tyler who's a six foot something, blonde hair, blue eyed hero. He faces insurmountable odds and, despite the overwhelming challenge, succeeds. Even after his success, he cares little for fame and fortune. Humble to the very end, he treats everyone fairly and with respect.

The 'bad guys' are straight out of bad science fiction too. Big 10 foot tall beastly monsters who are evil and cold-hearted. They manipulate and care only for wealth and prestige. Notice this is the exact opposite of Johnny Goodboy Tyler.

As a whole, I enjoyed the book. It is elementary in its writing; simple and quick-to-read. The story flowed fairly well for me and bogs down only at a few points which gave the hero time to rest in between the various challenges facing him. The supporting characters are all simple, yet interesting. Some of them can get confusing and blend together, but a few are genuinely interesting support for the hero.

If you can get past the fact that scientology may or may not be a 'hooky' religion and just enjoy a book, I would read this. To be honest, it reads like a superman of science fiction. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, myself. I haven't read any of Hubbard's other works because most have been rated poorly or seem too comical for my tastes. I looked at this one as a dime store novel of science fiction and, perhaps, enjoyed it as a result. Nonetheless, I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys light science fiction.
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48 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Roule Duke on October 23, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well after seeing that turkey of a movie Battlefield Earth and then reading cult member written reviews saying, "Oh the book is so much better" I decided to have a gander. I managed to 'grab' a copy of the eBook, and am happy at that because to pay money for this utter tripe is immoral as it will only add to the coffers of Hubbard's Scientology cult. The amount of 5 star reviews here had me at first expectant that the book would be good, but after the first page of this... monstrosity... I have no doubt that every positive review on this site is written by one of Hubbard's brainwashed followers. I have in my time read a great many books ranging from fantasy, to military history to science fiction, and I can quite confidently say that this is the worst book I have ever read.
First off we have Hubbard's introduction which has to be one of the most self-serving and self-centered pieces of text I have ever read. He seems to think he's some big time professional novelist and the man with the final word on what's real science fiction and what isn't, calling his book 'hard science fiction'. Well Mr. Hubbard keep on dreaming, because you sure aren't a professional level writer and this sure as hell is not 'hard science fiction. I simply cannot believe that this book is held as a 'science fiction classic', I was under the impression that for a story to be SF it had to at least have a grounding in reality, plausibility and science, this book totally lacks any of these attributes. Furthermore it reads as if a grade school student wrote it.
Trust me, if you have seen the movie and heard the pleas of Hubbard's devotees saying how much better the book is don't believe them, they are exactly the same with the movie just having less long winded content.
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