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Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 Paperback – 1 Mar 1988

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  • Paperback: 1064 pages
  • Publisher: New Era Publications UK Ltd; New edition edition (Mar. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1870451236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1870451239
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,196,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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L. Ron Hubbard's most famous book may be, as he says in the introduction, pure science fiction but it is also pure drivel--so much like a third-rate pulp adventure from the 1930s that it is almost unbelievable that it actually dates from 1982. The prose is appalling, the plot riddled with clichés and the depiction of the year 3000 lacks imagination. Here we find Jonnie Goodboy Tyler and his cardboard cut-out allies defending a very old-fashioned vision of the future against the giant alien Psychlos. It's the sort of Flash Gordon yarn George Lucas so brilliantly used as the starting point for his Star Wars universe but the result is 1050 pages of perhaps the very worst science fiction ever written. If you want great space opera, try Hyperion by Dan Simmons, orNeverness by David Zindell.

As a fast moving, simplistic story of good vs. evil, driven by action and corny dialogue in the manner of those old black and white serials, it does the job and is the perfect vehicle for Hollywood producers more concerned with special effects than story. But today's readers, now used to intelligent plotting and characters and stories that actually have something useful and interesting to say, will find Battlefield Earth sadly lacking in almost all areas. --Gary S. Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Once I started this book I didn't want to put it down.. it had me spellbound from the start with its fast paced excitement and thrilling storyline! You definitely won't be disappointed.. a fantastic award winning book! What a writer!
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Format: Audio CD
This is an incredible production! It's great fun to listen to this. The music and all the sounds make this reading and playing a true movie in the mind. It's a joy to listen to it and... once you started you cannot stop it... what a great, great adventure! Full of surprises!!! Best ever audiobook I ever listened to!!!
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Format: Kindle Edition
What an adventure - fast paced and exciting!! Each chapter is a story in itself finishing with a strong desire to move to the next chapter. Many tips for survival on earth embroidered into the story line. Having read the book on its first release... now the CDs - audio book today has great imagery for conceptual understanding, very moving. Very appropriate for the battlefield of earth today!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed it. It has a lot to it and it captured my imagination.

Imaginative and adventurous, it carries you through the story!

Lots of action!
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2016
Format: Paperback
One thing that people assume about movies adapted from books is that the book is always better, despite the many classic movies adapted from mediocre and/or forgotten novels. When it comes to a legendary disaster like "Battlefield: Earth," you naturally assume that the original bestselling book must have been much, much better.

No. No, it's not.

L. Ron Hubbard's legendary magnum opus is -- no hyperbole -- one of the worst things ever committed to paper that didn't advocate genocide. His characters are flat, his writing grotesquely amateurish despite fifty years of professional authorship, the villains are reflections of his personal biases (EVIL SHRINKS!), and the story drags on about six hundred pages longer than it ever needs to. This is a book that could be used to torture enemy librarians until they agreed to give up whatever information you wanted.

The story takes place in the year 3000, a thousand years after weird bony-faced aliens known as the Psychlos invaded the Earth and wiped out most of humanity. Yes, they're named "Psychlos." That tells you the level of writing we're dealing with. The few remaining humans on Earth are eking out a miserable existence in a radioactive wasteland, including our alleged hero, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler. Yes, that is his name. Including the middle part.

But when he ventures into a vast "village" a few days from his home, he's apprehended by the hilariously villainous Terl, the Psychlo security chief, who is scheming to capture humans to mine gold for him -- and who quickly captures Jonnie as the first.
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Format: Paperback
I so enjoyed reading Battlefield Earth that I felt almost bereft when I finished it! A great SF saga from one of the masters of the Golden Age.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I loved this book as a child and had forgotten about it, so got it for my kindle before a long flight and reread it.
I'd always been a bit disappointed that the film was so awful.
Forget that the author is an unusual character, its simply a good sci-fi yarn. I thoroughly enjoyed it all over again.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Any book in which the blonde, blue-eyed, physically perfect hero never does anything wrong at any point, ever, needs to be regarded with some suspicion. When the book is a bloated 1000-pager from the pen of compulsive liar turned cult-leader-to-the-stars, L. Ron Hubbard, this is doubly so.
The premise itself is not that bad, in a fairly hackneyed way. A thousand or so years in the future, Earth has been colonised, and humanity largely wiped-out, by an invading alien race known called the Psychlos, who are now in residence, strip-mining the planet. One of the surviving humans, the aforementioned vision of Aryan perfection, Jonny Goodboy Tyler, gets captured by a Psychlo by the name of Terl, who has a plan to use humans as slaves in a little get-rich-quick-scheme that he has devised. Caveman Jonny then proceeds to outsmart Terl, and lead the surviving humans in a rebellion.
With 1,000 pages to fill, Hubbard takes his own sweet time in telling his relatively simple story, which he acheives to a large degree by telling the same point over and over again.
The human characters are uniformly one-dimensional and uninteresting. All the good humans are defined by their undying loyalty towards and love of Tyler, and the human villian, "Brown Limper" Stafford, by his hatred of Tyler (Limper, incidentally is handicapped - nice subtext there, L.Ron; physical perfection = spritual perfection, physical imperfection = thoroughgoing evil person).
The Psychlos themselves are slightly more interesting, particularly Terl and the renegade, Ker, but only just, and for a supposed super-genius security expert, Terl is outsmarted with astonishing ease by Tyler.
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