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Product Details

  • Series: Battlefield Earth
  • Paperback: 1050 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Pubns (August 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884046818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884046813
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (635 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,561 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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"A terrific story." -- Robert Heinlein

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

"This has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy and intergalactic finance..." --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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119 of 149 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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45 of 60 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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39 of 52 people found the following review helpful By l. on January 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I picked up this book out of sheer curiosity three years ago over Christmas weekend, I simply could not put it down. My family actually got quite irritated because I had my nose so embedded in this book for 3 full days.
Some people will say this book is too tedius and detailed without much characterization.
I give this book five stars. It is action packed, it has an excellent plot, politics, conspiracy, machinery and it even gives time to a romantic thread. It is shockingly vivid at times and an hysterical satire at others.
Terl is the most maniacle, calculating and frusturating villain which I've had the pleasure of reading about. Johnny Goodboy Tyler embodies everything we find honorable in the human spirit and characteristics our society so pines to return to; innocence, trust, that adventure bound spirit, and most importantly the unbreakable will to survive despite all obstacles.
It was some of the best money I've ever spent on entertainment... But if you buy the book, remember that you do need to get some sleep, so try not to stay up too late.
Happy reading!
P.S. I can't wait for the movie. The suspense is killing me! I only hope it does the book justice.
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12 of 15 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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