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[[ read online Best ]] Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000Author L. Ron Hubbard –

Nonstop And Fast Paced Every Paragraph Has A Big Bang Up AdventureKevin J AndersonSuspense, Thrills, Action And Adventure Earth Has Been Dominated For , Years By An Alien Invader And Man Is An Endangered Species From The Handful Of Surviving Humans A Courageous Leader Emerges Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, Who Challenges The Invincible Might Of The Alien Psychlo Empire In A Battle Of Epic Scale, Danger And Intrigue With The Fate Of The Earth And Of The Universe In The Tenuous Balance

10 thoughts on “Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000

  1. says:

    As a Mormon I feel a sense of gratitude to L Ron Hubbard for coming up with a religion with followers that most people perceive as being bigger weirdos than Mormons The book is good fun An against all odds, buckskin rags to laser beam riches, story of a poor caveman named Johnny Goodboy who ends up the most powerful entity person in the galaxy and annihilates an entire race of nasty overlord bugbears in the process Yea it is pure crap but its pure crap with a Tom Selleck mustache

  2. says:

    Back in the 80s when I was just a little nerd I mowed many a lawn to afford the then outrageous sum of 39 for the hardcover of this book I had no idea who L Ron Hubbard was back then, of course I just saw a post apocalyptic sci fi book that seemed to be cool and I wanted it I was a fairly well read little kid back then even if it was only classic or now obscure science fiction authors.So this was the first book I ever HATED I think it went off to a used book store years later but if I could I would go back and repurchase it so I could take it and BURN the stupid thing If you though the movie was bad, this was agony incarnate Hundreds of pages of generic sci fi Scientological DRIVEL Anyone who thinks this book is good All I have to say is you re a moron.There I am done Thank you.

  3. says:

    Don t be fooled by the fact that the movie adaptation was the worst movie ever made, or that L Ron Hubbard is responsible for the spiritual pyramid scheme that is scientology This book is the coolest.

  4. says:

    My kingdom for an editor At over 1000 pages, this novel really needed one, but I guess it s not so easy to edit a paranoid madman for that s what L Ron Hubbard was at this point He states in the introduction that he didn t make any effort to contain himself while writing Battlefield Earth and it shows What also shows is the era when Hubbard did the majority of his science fiction writing Battlefield Earth may have been published in the 1980s, but it reads much like a novel of the 1950s.The main character is Jonnie Goodboy Tyler That middle name says it all really Tyler is very much a Gary Stu character he can and does learn anything He masters the language of the invading aliens, the Psychlos Despite coming from a material culture that has been reduced to the horse, he easily adapts to machines He also becomes an expert diplomat after a half hour of coaching from one of his assistants Also telling is that computers are not introduced until very much towards the end of the novel just like the Lensman series of E.E Smith, complicated craft are run without their benefit This makes sense, as in the late 1970s computers were uncommon and expensive so it also makes sense that the first characters in the book to use them are the inter galactic bankers Plus, Hubbard had been isolated from mainstream society for years, hiding from the authorities on his ship, and may have been unaware of the importance of computers in aviation.Another 1950s aspect to the novel is Jonnie s relationship with Chrissie, his love interest In the beginning, he barely acknowledges her and during her ordeal of being held captive by Terl, a Pscyhlo who needs leverage over Jonnie, the most contact they have is an almost hand holding incident Somewhere after page 990, they finally get to embrace By book s end, they have two children, leaving the reader to assume that they eventually get beyond the embrace It is ironic that in his introduction to the novel, Hubbard admonishes other writers that sci fi is about people than about science and then he goes on to create absolutely wooden, almost emotionless characters The best realized emotion is anger something that may accurately reflect Hubbard himself.What I found truly fascinating was the duality of Jonnie and Terl his Psychlo captor Jonnie is upright, able to do anything, a leader of men, smart in short everything good thing that Hubbard liked to believe he himself possessed Terl, one of the Psychlo overlords, is almost a parody of a sadistic, crazy like a fox bad guy He is cunning, given to fits of temper, a substance abuser, cares about no one but himself, and is acknowledged as being mentally unstable This being the description of Hubbard the Scientology leader, especially in his later years when this novel was published , one wonders how much of himself he realized that he was channeling into this character Incidentally, it seems that bad guys always smell bad The Psychlos are furry, mangy and stinky The Brigantes, a nasty human tribe, are not only cannibals but don t wash and can often be smelled before they are seen.By about page 530, I was wondering why in the world I was reading this monstrosity By about page 770, I was actually committed to finishing and wanted to know how in the world Hubbard would wrap things up Turns out, Battlefield Earth is 1066 pages written in order for Hubbard to stick out his tongue at the psychiatric profession Hubbard spent his entire life trying to be the one in control, controlled by no one Jonnie actually manages that and goes one better, as he not only runs Earth, but out manoeuvres other planetary races plus the inter galactic bank Hubbard has fun with his depiction of the bankers they seem to be descended from sharks and have insatiable appetites , but he saves his venom for the psychiatric field It turns out that it was it was evil catrists i.e psychiatrists who took the smartest among the Psychlo population Hubbard calls them the brain brains , recruited them to the Security Service, and taught only them the valuable secrets of controlling inter galactic trade No one knew the previous name of the race they were known as Psychlos, after the evil people who conquered them from within All non security members of the race have brain implants that kill them if they try to even think about maths and sciences This is richly ironic, as Hubbard probably wished for such a mind control device often, when dealing with his Scientology followers, who had an unfortunate tendency to think for themselves He worked hard to set up a very punitive system to keep them in line and thinking only what he wanted them to think In real life, Hubbard hated psychiatry probably because they could have recognized his mental illness and would have confined him for treatment There is a point in the book where Jonnie realizes that he has cured himself of an injury through the power of his mind, a not so subtle plug for Hubbard s Dianetics program No wonder this novel is so popular among Scientologists including John Travolta who insisted in starring in the dog of a movie.This is book 191 in my science fiction and fantasy reading project.

  5. says:

    This was a horrible book and even worse movie I read it in 2000, so it has been a while, but I remember just how stupid of a book it was I struggled through every page I can t believe I even finished it, but i wanted to read it before I saw the movie Big mistakes To get an idea of what it is like, go play with a 5 8 year old boy Pretend to shoot him with a laser He will then pretend to put up a forcefield to block the laser Then you have to pretend to have some weapon that will break through the forcefield or go around it But the kid will then pretend to have some other forcefield or superspeed or something else that will protect him At every stage of the book it is as if the main character knew exactly what to do, and the materials he needed were at hand There was no real struggle, no suspense because the book trained you to expect that the main character would get what he needed at just the right time There were some subplots that had potential, but definitely not worth reading the book.

  6. says:

    Post, post apocalypse novel that goes a step further than most Don t let the L Ron Hubbard part scare you, no Scientology mentioned The John Travolta movie sucked, so ignore that, too The book is multi layered in meaning and probably has truth in it than most apocalypse novels Johnny Goodboy Tyler has been living in his village in a primitive mountain lifestyle for all of his eighteen or so years The village is dying, with people sick, passed out on herbs, or just apathetic in their hard scrabble lives He hunts with skill and has explored all the lands that aren t forbidden, but he wants to go further He has been warned about the giants who kill for enjoyment, but doesn t really believe in the threat He ends up going beyond the boundary of his people to explore what was once Denver, discovers books in a library, as well as ruins of a civilization he had never imagined But then he gets caught by a Psychlo, the very giants spoken of in feared legends of his people, becoming the Psychlo s pet and prisoner Johnny is smart enough to work it to his advantage, which is where this adventure begins The brilliance of this tale is in the hierarchy of alien nationalities scoping out Earth, the bankers, especially I won t spoil it, read it yourself for It s got all the elements of a good post apocalyptic read plus science fiction alien adventures, but you have to look beyond that story to what this book is REALLY saying Who is really in charge here The legal title, the money, the greys, pay attention to that than the hero saves the day story and you can actually learn something valuable from this book.

  7. says:

    I know right 5 stars How is that even possible And yet here we are This book is SOOO amazingly good It is detailed, specific, imaginative, technical, possible and impossible all in one breath The world Hubbard has created here is so detailed it s hard to believe it doesn t actually exist Also, for once, this book is long enough Few Sci Fi books in my opinion tell the entire story, they gloss over or cut out before getting to the completion of the event This book does none of that, you are spared nothing, and yet it never becomes boring or monotone Truly an amazing book, I m ashamed it took me so long to read it.

  8. says:

    I Had to Bathe my Eyes in Fire I read this in high school as I was curious about many different ideas, philosophies, religions, and had a vague notion that it was attached to the founder of the Dianetics thing and importantly, I loved reading just about anything I finished the book and spent a few relaxing minutes with coals in my eye sockets to get the awful plot loopholes, the Deus Ex Machina every five pages, and the painfully awkward rhythm and flow of the story to leech out of my brain After college, I came back to this fond old chestnut as it somehow kept reappearing on bestseller lists and incredible reviews Maybe I had judged it too harshly maybe I had been going through my Ayn Rand phase and just didn t read it the right way About halfway through it book I enjoyed a brief soak in a tub of acid to wash away where it had touched me This book is just inexcusably, unmitigatedly, painfully awful Every chapter should be titled Then Yet Another Unexplained Miracle Happens, While the Antagonists Trip Over Themselves Ha ha This wasn t about the triumph of the Hero or Man, or The Human Spirit, it was about aliens are so ridiculously incompetent they can t even take a bath Ahhhh yes, sweet skin just beginning to grow back It itches a little.

  9. says:

    Battlefield Earth has long been one of my favorite science fiction reads This is a reread for me It has a great plot with lots of action The aliens are some of the most interesting I would compare them to Niven quality I never felt that the story dragged, which is saying something for a 1,000 page book It is a fun and inspiring read.There is a pulpish element that sometimes raises the quality of the story and sometimes brings it down Jonnie Goodboy is our protagonist and he is straight out of the pulp action stories of the 40s There is nothing he can t do if he puts his mind to it He is the embodiment of the bootstrap philosophy But he pulls it off without being cheesy and he comes across as a down to earth personality Ok the quality that brings the story down, is the role of the female characters There just really is not a strong personality among the few females that play a part in the story Patty comes the closest but that only really surfaces toward the end of the book Chrissie is a true sweetheart and is very endearing, but she never grows or broadens her understanding of the world as the story progresses Given the overall mood of the book, this does not takeaway from my enjoyment but it could have been so much better.Thanks to Net Gallery for the ebook I also listened to the new audio version with an amazing both in quality and quantity of readers I loved the music ever between chapters.I know the PR on this book suffered from the terrible movie I can t even watch the trailer without cringing Don t let that dissuade you This is a great story and if you like sci fi action I believe you will really enjoy the escapism this book provides.

  10. says:

    Without a doubt the worst book I ever read It was loaned to me by a co worker and I read the whole thing There is nothing to recommend this book No redeeming qualities at all Big Fat Waste of Time.