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Battlefield Earth Mass Market Paperback – May 19, 2011

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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

 

Battlefield Earth is a pulse-pounding mile-a-minute sci-fi action adventure that does not stop. It is a masterpiece of popular adventure science-fiction.” – Brandon Sanderson

About the Author

L. Ron Hubbard's legendary writing career spanned more than half a century of enduring literary achievement and creative influence, encompassing more than 250 published novels, novelettes, short stories and screenplays in every major genre. Among his best-selling and classic speculative fiction trendsetters are "Mission Earth", "Fear" and "Final Blackout."
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 1050 pages
  • Publisher: Galaxy Pr Llc; Reissue edition (May 19, 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,953 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was a fan of Battlefield Earth when I first read it in 1982. Reexperiencing it with the 21sr Century edition was like rediscovering an old friend. It has adventure, emotion, action, heroes, and villains. I love this epic tale. There's no wonder why it is considered one of the classic pieces of Science Fiction ever written.
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After reading some of the reviews, I almost didn't buy Battlefield Earth. I'm glad I did. I didn't read the introduction, so many had problems with it. Yah, it was long, but no longer than most 2 or 3 book series. It was full of humor, some pretty dry, some broad laugh out loud funny, none of it very subtle. The stereotypes were obvious and I'm sorry so many didn't find the humor in them. I laughed at the bankers who came from a planet where intelligent life had developed from sharks. I loved Jonny Good boy, the country boy that conquered all obstacles with a lot of help from almost everybody else and freed not the earth but the universe, from evil, not just slavery and war but the greedy honest bankers. If you don't go in with your mind made up because of who the author is you will probably enjoy it.
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A large novel that feels as if your in a movie. The pace is smooth and rapid but keeps you at it day after day. I guess I could compare it to my addiction to a great show on Netflix -- I love that there are more episodes each night and I have to pace myself to keep it to one a night. When I read Battlefield Earth I read every night and it still took me a couple months. But I never tired of it and it never grew dull. This is one of those great novels that by the end you feel like you experienced something to think about for awhile.
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As a very long time SCI-Fi fan, I was delighted to find that Battlefield Earth fit the bill admirably! However it also covers the ground of satire, humor and adventure. Much of my curiosity about the book was fueled by the well known writers who reviewed it glowingly, and being a fan of their work and interested in their opinion I read it myself. It reads quickly and satisfyingly and is the perfect Beach Read. Well done Mr. Hubbard!
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I saw the movie when it was new, having never heard of this book before. And I am so glad I watched it. Not because it was a good movie (it isn't) or brilliantly directed (absolutely not) or had some top notch acting (seriously it's so bad) but because after I laughed my way through the movie with my dad, I found the old paperback in a thrift store and noting how large it was, I was baffled that the movie could have come from such a large book. I bought it, took it home, and started reading it, expecting something similar to the movie I had just seen. I couldn't have been more wrong.

This book has become one of my very favorites, and one I can read again and again and never get bored with it. Often, when I have nothing new to read, I will take this from the shelf (I still have the old paperback) and flip randomly to a section and start reading. It never fails to elicit an emotional reaction for me. Anticipation. Excitement. Satisfaction. Disgust. Fear. Admiration. This book has it all: fantastic action, detailed characters, romance, adventure, a complicated villain, and something that most scifi books have trouble with: a truly alien species. The Psychlos wind up a very complicated race, despite the initial impressions of being rather two-dimensional and universally evil. I love this book.

I also had the great fortune to pick up the audio book, and I was thoroughly impressed. This is not one man reading you a story, this is engaging and fascinating. It's more like an old radio play, or what I imagine it would be like to watch a movie blind. Several actors fill the many roles, and the sound effects really flesh out the world you've built in your head.
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The best sci- fi, in addition to real characters and an irresistible plot, builds a universe so solid you can stand on it, and in that regard, Battlefield Earth delivers big time. I loved the detail of alien technology, culture, economics, even arithmetic and banking, all mentioned as backdrop for a story of mankind on the knife-edge of extinction at the hand of a powerful alien race bent on its destruction.
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I read Battlefield Earth some 30 years ago and, as an SF aficionado, enjoyed/admired it very much. When I learned of this unabridged audiobook, and that it involved a large number of voice actors and included sound effects throughout, I wanted to hear what they were able to come up with. I downloaded from Audible and started into the 47 hours with somewhat of the sense of setting off on a cross-country trip (as I had done back in the late '60s from NYC to Yosemite for my next level of rock climbing). I fit the 47 hours into about a week and a half ... single-focused or as background to fixing meals, etc. This is an astounding production where the voice acting and sound effects (oh, and the intriguing music breaks) are as high quality as one could imagine! Even more, I had long forgotten the breadth of address that Ron Hubbard makes in this novel to the varying conditions of living entities and societal groups. In listening to this audiobook of Battlefield Earth some 30 years after first reading it, I was struck even more by the clarity of Hubbard's observation. Thirty years of my own observation/experience have honed my current appreciation of this novel. That the aesthetic qualities of this audiobook are something I've never encountered before, is something akin to icing on the cake!
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