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  • Battlefield Earth

    A towering masterpiece of adventure and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time, L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth opens with breathtaking scope on an Earth dominated for a thousand years by an alien invader—and now man is an endangered species.

    From a handful of surviving humans, a courageous leader emerges—Jonnie Goodboy Tyler—who challenges the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in an exciting battle of epic scale, danger and intrigue, with the fate of Earth—and the universe—hanging in the fragile balance.

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  • Critical Acclaim

    Battlefield Earth has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy and intergalactic finance. Hubbard keeps things moving so irresistibly…and the 800 pages go by quickly.” —Publishers Weekly

    Think of the Star Wars sagas, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, mix in the triumph of Rocky I, Rocky II, and Rocky III and you have captured the exuberance, style and glory of Battlefield Earth.” —Baltimore Evening Sun




Mission Earth series

  • Mission Earth

    Hubbard not only broke all the rules but blazed a new literary path when, in August 1981, after less than eight months of writing, he completed the monumental 1.2 million-word bestselling saga Mission Earth. What L. Ron Hubbard produced in those eight months, with inordinate speed, discipline and skill, was a remarkable interweaving of deftly plotted action, adventure, intrigue and espionage, all flavored with scathing social satire. “Jonathan Swift with a laser gun,” as one critic put it, trained on the foibles and follies, the frayed institutions and the cultural sacred cows of contemporary civilization and the human condition.

    Every volume a New York Times Bestseller:
    Volume 1 The Invaders Plan • Volume 2 Black Genesis • Volume 3 The Enemy Within • Volume 4 An Alien Affair • Volume 5 Fortune of Fear • Volume 6 Death Quest • Volume 7 A Voyage of Vengeance • Volume 8 Disaster • Volume 9 Villainy Victorious • Volume 10 The Doomed Planet

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  • Critical Acclaim

    You will lose sleep. You will miss appointments. If you don’t force yourself to set it down and talk to your family from time to time, you may be looking for a new place to live. Reading The Invaders Plan is simply the most fun you can have by yourself…Ironic, exciting, romantic and hilarious. It delighted me from the beginning. Remember how you felt the first time you saw Star Wars? This book will do it to you again.” —Orson Scott Card

    L. Ron Hubbard’s latest book, The Invaders Plan, confirms the notion that he is one of the finest writers of this particular genre. To call Hubbard a master storyteller would be a gross understatement.” —The Collegian, University of Massachusetts



Final Blackout book

  • Final Blackout

    Final Blackout has been variously acclaimed as the archetypal “survivalist” story, the exemplar of “future war” novels, and as a trendsetting “alternate history.” Arguably, it is all of these. But Final Blackout is also best defined by its readers and fans. One reader said simply, “It’s a classic. Nothing of the same type will ever surpass it.” Another applauded it as “the best science fiction story I have ever read…undoubtedly the best story of any type I have ever read.” And still another wrote of being moved “perilously close to tears” by the novel’s ending.

    Final Blackout was an astonishing vision of what could happen and a chilling warning, which has echoed across the decades, of what may still happen. It is also, in the estimation of Robert Heinlein, “as perfect a piece of science fiction as has ever been written.”

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  • Critical Acclaim

    The hero of Final Blackout has glowed in my mind ever since I read the initial magazine version in 1939. This final version shows that the story, like all timeless works of fiction, is also timely.” —Philip Jose Farmer

    A chilling and lucid picture of the effects of incessant warfare.” —Kirkus Reviews

    L. Ron Hubbard’s Final Blackout presents a gripping portrait of the Lieutenant, a soldier left to prosecute the conflict created by the incompetence of politicians. Whether he spills the blood of others or sheds his own, the Lieutenant screams out a message even more relevant today than when L. Ron Hubbard created him. Dynamic and vivid, L. Ron Hubbard’s Final Blackout fills us with the legacy of war—duty, honor and death.” —Edward G. Gibson

    This is a good story in a kind of universal sense. A classic…a survivor of the test of time. The story strikes deep.” —Larry Niven



Ole Doc Methuselah book

  • Ole Doc Methuselah

    First published under the penname Rene Lafayette, the popularity of the seven-story series was immediate and their acknowledgment as a golden age classic has never waned. The protagonist, Ole Doc—his real name was Stephen Thomas Methridge, M.D.—and his bookish, gypsum-eating colleague roamed the intergalactic starways, battling skulduggery, injustice and disease.

    The action is fast and exhilarating, but, beyond that, the stories also embody what author and editor Robert Silverberg has called breathless inventiveness and a rich sense of wonder. It is true: they present that seismic moment of discovery in science fiction when the reader knows with certainty that he or she has experienced something unexpected but momentously possible.

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  • Critical Acclaim

    Ole Doc Methuselah resonates with the hum of high energy, captivating characters and great adventure. Ole Doc and his sidekick Hippocrates will grab your imagination, and your heart strings, and take you on adventures that you will never forget. A cornucopia of fabulous adventure, wonderful characters and great fun.” —Roddy McDowall

    Some slam-bang glories of youth don’t age, and the grand space opera of Doc Methuselah is one of them.” —Gregory Benford

    Ole Doc Methuselah is perfect Golden Age Science Fiction.” —Edward Bryant

    L. Ron Hubbard remains one of science fiction’s most romantic writers and Ole Doc Methuselah is one of his larger-than-life characters.” —Brad Linaweaver



The the Stars book

  • To the Stars

    To the Stars is quintessential science fiction, a story of cosmic dimensions built with masterly skill from hard, scientific theory—in this case, the Einstein-Lorentz-Fitzgerald “time-dilation” equation: “As mass approaches the speed of light, time approaches zero.”

    The novel opens with one of the most celebrated—and reverberantly powerful—first lines in the history of the genre: “Space is deep, Man is small and Time is his relentless enemy.”

    The crew of the spaceship Hound of Heaven are rootless exiles aboard a pariah ship, from an Earth and a generation that has grown old and passed on even as they remain essentially untouched by the relative time of what Hubbard evocatively calls “a cold equation, a dispassionate mathematics…[a] sentence to forever.” Indisputably, To the Stars remains the trendsetting story of its kind in the genre and an engrossing and defining classic.

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  • Critical Acclaim

    To The Stars, by L. Ron Hubbard, I thought was the greatest novel that has ever been written in the history of mankind.” —Jerry Pournelle

    He wrote a story called To The Stars which was one of the first, if not the first, stories ever written about time dilation effect.” —Sam Moskowitz

    An unusual yarn in that the true plot is entirely developed in the last three paragraphs.” —John W. Campbell, Jr., editor Astounding Science Fiction

    If mankind ever reaches the stars, it will voyage on vessels we possibly cannot imagine, using technologies we cannot glimpse. But those who go will be human. They will feel the pain and joy we ourselves know. To the Stars shows us what that could be like. The physics gives it backbone, but the drama gives it heart.” —Gregory Benford



Fear book

  • Fear

    Fear broke new ground in horror and suspense fiction, and profoundly influenced the work of the field’s masters. Prior to its release readers were warned not to miss Hubbard’s story: “Fear has been built of nightmare stuff.”

    It was. It is. And its impact was immediate, genre shaping and permanent. Literary historian David Hartwell has applauded it as “one of the foundations of the contemporary horror genre, widely influential, and powerfully effective.…From Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, a literary debt is owed to L. Ron Hubbard for Fear.” Bradbury, indeed, has acknowledged that the novel “deeply influenced me when I was twenty years old” and was a “landmark novel in my life”—a sentiment underscored by author Ray Faraday Nelson, who said that Hubbard’s stories, but Fear in particular, “directly influenced all my work.”

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  • Critical Acclaim

    L. Ron Hubbard’s Fear is one of the few books in the chiller genre which actually merits employment of the overworked adjective ‘classic’, as in ‘This is a classic tale of creeping, surreal menace and horror.’ If you’re not averse to a case of the cold chills—a rather bad one—and you’ve never read Fear, I urge you to do so. Don’t even wait for a dark and stormy night. This is one of the really, really good ones. —Stephen King

    A true scare.” —Ray Bradbury

    Fear is L. Ron Hubbard’s finest work!” —Baltimore Evening Sun

    Fear is one of the most compelling fantasies ever written, with all the scary logic and authority of genuine nightmare. Hubbard didn’t need werewolves and bloody axes…he could scare the daylights out of you with a hat, or a stairway, or a little boy sitting on a rock and scratching his initials in the dirt with a stick. Fear is a terribly powerful story.” —Baltimore Evening Sun



Slaves of Sleep and The Masters of Sleep book

  • Slaves of Sleep & The Masters of Sleep

    Slaves of Sleep and its sequel, The Masters of Sleep, are landmark works of the modern Arabian Nights style. The setting, though, was not ancient Baghdad but present-day Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. The protagonist, Jan Palmer, was no street urchin, but the somewhat unassertive heir to a shipping fortune. With Hubbard’s unmistakable touch, the lines between the real and the illusory, the here and now and the there and some other time, begin to blur and merge. There is an open antique copper jar, a dead professor, an angry jinni, the curse of Eternal Wakefulness and Palmer in jail, accused of murder. And then, with lightning suddenness, Jan is Tiger, a buccaneer and a rogue in an arabesque realm of magic, sorcery and the all-powerful jinn—a world parallel to this one. Or do they actually intersect? It is a world both wonderful and dangerous, just like ours.

    Author and critic Damon Knight said it as definitively as anyone ever has when he wrote that L. Ron Hubbard “cut a swath across the science-fantasy world, the like of which has never been seen again.”

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  • Critical Acclaim

    Slaves of Sleep became a sort of buzz word. There are bits and pieces from Ron’s work that became part of the language in ways that very few other writers imagined.” —Frederik Pohl

    This is an excellent, highly imaginative book…it has everything: boats, romance, violence, beautiful women, drama, suspense, love and an excellent set of characters.” —The Tempest

    I stayed up all night finishing it. The yarn scintillated.” —Ray Bradbury

    A lusty and satisfying adventure…Perhaps its superiority lies in the authenticity of the maritime flavour (derived no doubt from the author’s own seafaring experience)… Altogether a delightful fireside adventure for a winter’s night.” —Kemp McDonald, Fantasy Review



Typewriter in the Sky book

  • Typewriter in the Sky

    Typewriter in the Sky is a richly original story-within-a-story—the tale of an author and the main character in a novel he’s writing locked in a frantic, funny do-or-die battle of wits and wills—Typewriter in the Sky is one of Hubbard’s most enduring works. Like Fear and Final Blackout, it introduced the genre to a new level of creative invention. And like them, it has resonated across the succeeding generations of speculative fiction, frequently inspiring imitation in print, on the screen and in the theater. As author-editor Frederik Pohl confirmed: “Fans and other writers were doing variations on that for years.”

    Critics and literary historians regard it as the prototypical “inward voyage” or “journey of the mind” story. Others see its interactive “interior realities” as a pioneering application of “virtual reality” to the storyteller’s art in both the “real” world of Horace Hackett’s New York City and Mike de Wolf’s “virtual” world of the Spanish Main.

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  • Critical Acclaim

    A true masterpiece of the genre.”—Kevin J. Anderson

    I particularly like Typewriter in the Sky because it was such a skillful parody of adventure fiction and was written with a great deal of lightness and touch which you didn’t get much in those days.” —James Gunn



Buckskin Brigades book

  • Buckskin Brigades

    A towering adventure of the nascent American Northwest, the novel skillfully weaves together the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, its encounter with the Blackfeet Indians in 1806 near what is now Helena, Montana, the era’s rapacious fur traders, and a figure of singular destiny, a white man named Michael Kirk but known to the Blackfeet as “Yellow Hair.”

    A landmark work for its wealth of scrupulous historical detail and its unconventionally sympathetic portrayal of Indian life and mores, Buckskin Brigades is a “western”—but only in the same epic sense that Jack London’s White Fang is an animal story or Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is a tale of the sea.

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  • Critical Acclaim

    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.” —New York Times Book Review

    Reading Buckskin Brigades is like watching a Saturday afternoon serial at the downtown Bijou. Each chapter leaves you hanging, but the master storyteller often began the next chapter by keeping that ball in the air while picking up another situation. … Hubbard’s most important contribution is a story told through the mind and body of an American Indian. That alone makes it worthwhile.” —The Forum-Fargo

    We admire greatly the work of words expressed in Buckskin Brigades. Like ‘Yellow Hair’ you have walked the Blackfeet path with honor and have showed our people in a true light. Never has our morals and ethics been presented with such clarity.” —Council Members of the Blackfeet Nation



Ai! Pedrito! book

  • Ai! Pedrito!

    Among L. Ron Hubbard’s final works were two original screenplays, Ai! Pedrito! and A Very Strange Trip, from the early 1980s, designed to be full-length feature films. Hubbard suggested that they be adapted into novels by other writers, thereby providing them the unique opportunity of co-authorship.

    The first novel, Ai! Pedrito! was co-authored by bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson. This rocket-ride of a novel ignites with the sudden cry of “Ai! Pedrito!” as Naval Lieutenant Tom Smith look-alike is the notorious South American revolutionary and spy, Pedrito Miraflores. Inspired by a real incident in the life of L. Ron Hubbard, this action‑packed adventure novel runs the gamut of mistaken identities, daring espionage and what can happen when intelligence really does go wrong!

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  • Critical Acclaim

    As you would expect from both Hubbard and Anderson, the pacing is brisk and the action plentiful.” —Publishers Weekly

    Throw in spies, double-agents, conspirators and seductresses, and the reader could be up all night.” —Cheyenne Tribune-Eagle

    A compelling novel of what can sometimes happen when intelligence goes wrong. An exciting, rollercoaster ride of a thriller from start to finish.”—Review’s Bookwatch



A Very Strange Trip book

  • A Very Strange Trip

    A high-tech, time travel novel, A Very Strange Trip was co-authored with international bestseller Dave Wolverton. While transporting a contraband Russian time machine and developmental weaponry, Private Everett Dumphee finds himself cast into new settings when the device suddenly activates. With fantastic high-tech experiences that might be called the ultimate off-road adventure—narrowly escaping with his life and three beautiful women—it is not a matter of will he make his destination, but when.

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  • Critical Acclaim

    A Very Strange Trip is a highly absorbing and entertaining full-length novel filled with vivid characters and some very surprising plot twists.”—Review’s Bookwatch

    A Very Strange Trip is a wild, high-tech ride through time. This is Murphy’s Law in the extreme.”—Brian Herbert, co-author of Dune: House Atreides