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Battlefield Earth: Science Fiction New York Times Best Seller Mass Market Paperback – June 21, 2011
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"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
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Then too, of course, there is all L. Ron Hubbard represents as the Founder of Dianetics and Scientology and thus the only major religion born in the 20th century.
While, as such, he presents the culmination of science and spiritual technology as embodied in the religion of Scientology.
Top Customer Reviews
Having been put off by the sheer insanity of the author and of Scientology in general I avoided this book like the plague and it wasn't till the effort of a trusted friend that I picked this book up and actually went into it with an open mind.
Very quickly I found myself finished and was astonished when I realized it was over 1,000 pages and the time flew by. The book changed my perceptions and yes, even entertained in a way that gave me a warm feeling all over.
"Man is an endangered species." The arrogance of the aliens is apparent from the beginning and there is so many veiled meanings that I found myself grinning wickedly when Terl (the insidious Psychlo) let's the "stupid" human (Johnny Goodboy Tyler) gather all the knowledge he can. Many of the names gave me a laugh similar to how I felt about the main character from Snow Crash being named Hiro Protagonist (wink wink).
There is much enjoyment to be had from this book so I wont spoil the plot anymore. All I can say is that if you are a fan of sci-fi you should give this book a fair appraisal and not be put off by the craziness of the author or the length.
My only small issue that keeps this from being a 5 star book and my all time favorite is the anti-climactic end that seemed to drag for several chapters and it was a bad way to end the book that moved so quickly.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book and highly recommend it to any one who enjoys a good tale.Published 2 hours ago by Betty
I've always been interested in science fiction. I've read lots of books and this is one I will never forget. To use an old cliche, I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by Meesch
Top 4 Sci- Fi on my list.
It took me 20+ years to get around to Battlefield Earth as I thought I had read it. Read more
Love the book - have read it many times - highly recommended!Published 18 hours ago by Esther Sonneveld Laveau
Amazing book! Great read!
30 years before Adam Driver played villain Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the classic conflict of good vs. Read more
I had to FORCE myself to turn off the lights and go to sleep. I just wanted to keep reading this book, sleep be damned. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jason Bedunah
Interesting Book. I don't usually read books this thick, but I flew threw this one. It wasn't some wild Sci-fi book. I felt this book was somehow true as I was reading it. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
A very interesting trip in reality through fantasy. It is real, yet unreal. It is happening, yet not happening. It is here, yet there. A very good read indeed!Published 3 days ago by anna paddock
I grew up reading Bradbury, Asimov and Heinlein. Heinlein was my favorite. I read Final Blackout from Hubbard and Slaves of Sleep 35 years ago.. bought them used. Read morePublished 5 days ago by William H Montague Jr