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  • Is Mr. Hubbard still alive?

    No, Mr. Hubbard passed away on January 24, 1986. But his global impact continues to grow.

    In reply to demands for his literary works of fiction, his earlier titles have been being republished. The first, Final Blackout and Fear, promptly went onto bestseller lists, repeating popularity from fifty years earlier. In full, forty L. Ron Hubbard works appear on international bestseller lists. The fiction publisher for Mr. Hubbard’s works in the U.S. (Galaxy Press) just completed the republication of 153 short stories and novellas in an 80-volume series. Moreover, with combined sales of fiction and nonfiction titles, he has become the most published and translated author in history, as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

    Is this the same person who developed Dianetics and Scientology?

    Yes. Before the publication of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health in 1950 and the founding of Scientology in 1954, Mr. Hubbard enjoyed a successful two-decade career as a fiction writer. A luminary to the millions of pulp fiction devotees in the 1930s and 1940s, Mr. Hubbard was also one of the genre’s most prolific writers. He authored more than 200 short stories, novellas and novels under his own name and 15 pen names. His published works from that era encompassed adventure, detective, science fiction, western and fantasy. He also wrote Hollywood screenplays in that same time period─most notably the 15-part serialized Secret of Treasure Island for Columbia Pictures.

    Questions About Galaxy Press

    What is Galaxy Press?

    Established in 2002 to meet the growing demand for the fiction works of bestselling author, L. Ron Hubbard, Galaxy Press is the United States, Canada and Latin America publisher and distributor for Mr. Hubbard’s complete fiction library, including perennial and New York Times bestsellers such as Battlefield Earth, Mission Earth, Fear, Final Blackout and To The Stars.

    In 2008, Galaxy Press embarked upon a six-year project to re- publish over 150 short stories and novellas written by Mr. Hubbard in the ’30s and ’40s, in the form of an 80-volume book and full cast audio drama series. These stories span every genre from western and mystery to fantasy and Science Fiction. The 80th volume was just recently released, completing one of the largest publishing feats in history, 80 books by one author published in 80 months.

    The annual L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writer of the Future anthology, featuring new authors selected by a panel of blue ribbon judges, is likewise published by Galaxy Press.

    What book delivery services do you offer?

    Standard Delivery

    We normally ship within 24 hours Monday thru Friday! We ship domestic orders via Federal Express Ground, UPS or USPS. Standard shipping rates apply.

    Allow 7-10 business days from receipt of order for delivery.

    Expedited Delivery

    Overnight and second-day delivery options are available for phone or online orders only; charges will vary with the weight of the order.

    International Delivery

    For international orders, add $25 for shipping.

    Questions About Mr. Hubbard’s fiction works

    What was pulp fiction’s golden age?

    The 1930s and 1940s were a vibrant time for a gigantic audience of over 30 million readers each month—probably the largest per capita audience of readers in American history. It was before television or paperback novels and the magazine racks were chock-full of publications made with cheap pulp-wood paper, low cover prices—and the most excitement you could hold in your hands. “Pulp” magazines were filled with stories driven by plot and character and their authors were real storytellers who were interested in taking their readers beyond the mundane, to live adventures far removed from their ordinary lives. Some of the more lasting names of this Golden Age include H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, Max Brand, Louis L’Amour, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein—and of course, L. Ron Hubbard.

    Will Mr. Hubbard's works be released in other countries and languages?

    To date, Mr. Hubbard’s fiction works have been translated into 27 languages and published and/or distributed in 92 countries.

    Galaxy Press has embarked upon a very expansive project to translate the full L. Ron Hubbard fiction library into major languages beginning with Spanish, Italian and Russian. These will be followed by German, French, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese and Japanese.

    As we expand these markets and beyond, we will of course be working to establish publishing and distribution partners and lines into the various countries.

    How many fiction works did Mr. Hubbard write?

    Mr. Hubbard authored and published more than 200 short stories, novellas and novels under his own name and 15 pen names. His published works from pulp fiction’s golden age encompassed adventure, detective, science fiction, western and fantasy works. Upon his return to fiction in 1983, he authored New York Times bestselling novels, Battlefield Earth and Mission Earth. He also wrote several screenplays, two of which, Ai! Pedrito! and A Very Strange Trip, were later novelized.

    What is the appropriate age for his works of fiction?

    His works are appropriate for young adult readers on up. As a world traveler at a very young age, Mr. Hubbard gained an understanding of people that enabled him to appeal to readers of all ages and types. From librarians, teachers and students, to astronauts, the military and truckers, to grandparents, parents and young adults, Mr. Hubbard has been routinely lauded for his ability to deliver high-interest, action packed stories.

    What was Mr. Hubbard’s first published story?

    L. Ron Hubbard’s first commercially published short story was “The Green God,” appearing in the February 1934 edition of Thrilling Adventures. 2014 marked his 80th anniversary as a professional writer.

    What was Mr. Hubbard’s first published novel?

    L. Ron Hubbard’s first novel was Buckskin Brigades published in August 1937 by The Macaulay Company and reviewed at the time by the New York Times Book Review stating, “Mr. Hubbard has reversed a time-honored formula and has given a thriller to which, at the end of every chapter or so, another paleface bites the dust…an enthusiasm, even a freshness and sparkle, decidedly rare in this type of romance.”

    When did Mr. Hubbard enter the field of science fiction?

    Mr. Hubbard began writing science fiction in 1938. At the time he was called to the offices of Street & Smith, the publisher of Astounding Science Fiction, where he was asked to bring his style of storytelling to the genre of science fiction, writing about people, not just ray guns, machines and robots. And there he was introduced to editor John W. Campbell, Jr. and shortly thereafter saw publication of his first science fiction story, “The Dangerous Dimension,” published in the July 1938 edition of Astounding Science Fiction.

    Didn’t Mr. Hubbard only write science fiction?

    No. While L. Ron Hubbard is attributed by many for his work in reshaping the science fiction genre, including Robert Heinlein calling Final Blackout one of the most perfect pieces of science fiction ever written, and Jerry Pournelle claiming To the Stars as one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written, he was as equally adept in any of the other popular genres he wrote in.

    Questions About the Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contests

    What is the Writers of the Future Contest?

    Established in 1983 and now in its third decade, the Writers of the Future Contest is the most respected and significant forum for new talent in all aspects of speculative fiction. He founded the contest to provide a means for aspiring young authors to gain a foothold in the field of writing, providing for the contest to continue into perpetuity after his passing. The elite character of the contest is evident from the roster of judges, including Kevin J. Anderson, Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven, Robert Silverberg, Sean Williams, Dave Wolverton and a host of other luminaries in the field.

    First, second and third place winners are announced quarterly, while the top stories are then judged against each other for highest yearly honors. Winners are announced at our annual awards ceremony, where they receive trophies, certificates and a cash award. Of even greater import, all winning stories are then published by Galaxy Press in the annual Writers of the Future Anthology.

    What is the Illustrators of the Future Contest?

    In 1988, based on the success of the Writers of the Future program, a companion contest for new and aspiring illustrators seeking to become speculative artists was created. Winning illustrators—three each quarter—are assigned the winning stories from the writers’ contest and illustrate them for the annual anthology. The list of judges for the illustrator’s contest is no less impressive than that of the writers’ contest and includes in its roster of judges such notables as: Diane Dillon, Bob Eggleton, Larry Elmore, Stephan Martiniere, Cliff Nielsen, Rob Prior and Shaun Tan.

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