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Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (Stories from the Golden Age)
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 (Stories from the Golden Age)
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If I wanted nonsense, I'd read... well... this., 28 Feb 2012
I have a very small list of books that I hope never to have to read again. This, unfortunatly, makes the list. Here's a basic run-through.

Charecters - 1/10. You are told what they do, but never why. Their motivations are barly discussed, yet alone displayed. Female charecters are not portrayed well, to say the least. The hero is your typical generic white guy whose abilities are only limited by the limits of the 'plot'
Scientific accuracy - 1/10. Too many examples to list. Many are glaringly obvious. One example. The aliens breath a gas that apparently explodes as soon as it comes into contact with radiation. I'm assuming that the author is unaware of basic facts about radiation (taught to children in most schools). These aliens can walk around on Earth despite the constant background radiation from the earth, from the air, from various nuclear weapons deployed in the book...
Conciseness - 1/10. Too long. Way too long. Too much stuff rammed into a book that extends for page after page of drivel.

There is a literary concept known as 'willing suspension of disbelief'. This book drags you out of it, and you thank it for doing so. This is not sci-fi. Sci-fi is charecterised by its prose style, its tendancy to comment on 'big questions' and to entertain deep concepts. So-called 'hard' sci-fi (which this book claims to be) tends to be as accurate to reality as the plot allows.

This book is not hard sci-fi. This book is not really soft sci-fi. This book is close to being an arguement for censorship of bad books.

If you want proper sci-fi, check out the vast range of sci-fi of all kinds and 'hardness' available (I recommend Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clark or Philip K Dick). The allusions to Scientology are not immediatly obvious, but if you look closely, this book is riddled with allusions to Scientology. Avoid at all costs.


Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 Chapter Book
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 Chapter Book
Price: £1.26

7 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good, to say the least, 13 Sep 2011
The initial premise is interesting, but this book swiftly moves into the frankly silly. It reads slightly like a serious version of Douglas Adams - i.e. the nonsensical and the unrealistic, but without any of the humour or self-deprivation that makes the Hitch-hiker's Guide so good.

The plot is based around a human living in a culture that has returned to pre-historic technology and culture (wow, how unique!). This man is them captured by the aliens, who apparently utterly destroyed mankind 1000 years ago. One of them keeps him as a pet, and teaches him to talk - both the alien language and English.

To make a bad story short, he escapes, then rounds up other humans (mostly Scots) to form a rebellion. It gets worse and worse as it progresses, from the ease at which the the heroes find ammo for weapons to their apparent skill with both the alien's equipment (planes, missiles, teleportation devices...) and the 1000-year old human tech (nuclear bunkers which somehow still have electricity) to the lack of scientific premise throughout the book (the aliens are do not cross the Scottish border, we are told, because even tiny amounts of uranium kill them. And apparently large numbers of nuclear mines were detonated as the alien's tanks (why not just use orbital bombardment? Plot armour!) crossed it. Nuclear mines. In Scotland.

Although, given who the author is, you shouldn't really be surprised...
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