- 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
- Average Customer Review: 2,437 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,055,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Battlefield Earth: Science Fiction New York Times Best Seller Mass Market Paperback – June 21, 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
With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 230 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most acclaimed and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and '40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.
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I won't say what's already been said here. Others have probably already posted a synopsis of the plot and story-line, the characters, the settings, etc. I'll just say it's a good romp in a far-flung future in which Earth has been conquered by an evil race of aliens and the hero of the book is on a quest to overthrow the evil overlords, although that isn't what he initially sets out to do. It's amazing what adventures the hero winds up in just because he left his village to find answers to questions.
It's a long book which, for me, is a plus because I never want a good book to end. And, to me, this is a good book. There's love, there's adventure, there's real science-fiction like from the Golden Age of Sci-Fi. It's just a fun book, and it's one of my favorites. All I can say is, just read it and give it a chance. It takes a little bit to build up speed. But, once it does, I think you'll see that this not-so-little gem has been unfairly overlooked/over-analyzed/over-thought. Just relax and enjoy reading it for the fun of it! Also, the movie that is based on this book is terrible! Please, by Xenu, do not watch the movie before reading the book. Actually, don't watch the movie even after reading the book!
When I was introduced to this book, I was a bit taken aback by how long it is, but it came highly recommended from a friend and I dug in, to find it so well written and engaging that I had a very hard time taking breaks from reading it.
This is a great science fiction story in a romantic vein, with true heroism and utter villainy. It has cool and very believable science all through it, an interesting bit of philosophy, requisite for any good sci-fi story, and plenty of cliff-hanging action and adventure. It also has some interesting and very topical satire, which is another signature of good sci-fi in my book....
The heroes do win, the villains do lose, black is black and white is white, so if you're a fan of dark anti-heroism where the hero is conflicted and half insane, you might not prefer this story. But for those who like a hero who is strong willed, dedicated to a noble purpose and willing to do what's needed to save the day, you'll love this bit of classic sci-fi. This is my second time reading this, and it was just as much fun as the first.
The forward says that Hubbard wrote it for his own amusement. The book is definitely fun, and definitely not gritty. It's like Star Wars with a bit of tongue-in-cheek. To spoil it just a little, when things are going from bad to worse, you know that something absurd is about to happen which will turn it all around. However, it's just believable enough for you to enjoy the turnabout and keep reading.
1) This is probably my 10th audiobook this year...and it was a fun one. Roddy McDowell does a very fine job of the reading and even does believable alternate voices and great "acting out" of a characters emotions for the scene.
2) About 2/3rd of the way through the entire story shifts/transitions and really doesn't have much more to do with the struggle of humanity against the Psychlos. Without spoiling the ending...the shift requires a few BIG leaps in faith to eliminate the disbelief of the following events.
3) Even though the last 1/3 of the book was a big disbelief section it was fun and reminded me of the feel to classics like Asimov's "Foundation" and Card's "Ender's Game"...where the "action" of the story lies with the ability of the protagonist(s) to talk their way through situations vs. using brute force.
4) I wish the cover on this book didn't have any reference to the movie because the movie plain sucked! I saw the movie before getting my hands on this book and was a little leery when I did. But based on such high praise from readers I'm glad I got the "real" story vs. the lame Hollywood movie version.
UPDATE July 2016:
I was provided an advance copy of the new 65 actor cast with sound effects and music version to review.
+ Excellent production!
+ Great music
+ Great ambient sounds
+ Great acting and voice overs. Kid characters sounded like they were performed by kid actors.
> This is a LONG book! If memory serves the full cast production is 48 or 57 hours...somewhere in there. Meaning there are parts of this book that I was wondering if it will ever end or I was asking myself, "Why doesn't the author get to the point? How does this progress the characters or story?"
+ I must have had the abridged version on cassette in 2002, because this 2016 story seemed to be less jarring when it transitioned from one type of story (humanity ruled by aliens) to a new type of story (humanity is part of the greater galactic races) to yet a different type of story.
OVERALL: Get the full cast production and listen while exercising (I took this on many runs along the river) or commuting to/from work. . .it'll help entertain and pass the time.