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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.
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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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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: 4.2 x 1.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (804 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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135 of 168 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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Brian on April 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Being what some of my friends call a hardcore sci-fi geek I have devoured my way through just about anything I could from the masters themselves. Dick, Asimov, Bradbury, etc..

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.
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21 of 24 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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