Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 Paperback – 1 Mar 1988
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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.
"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.See all Product Description
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Imaginative and adventurous, it carries you through the story!
Lots of action!
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Really enjoyed this book. Read it twice and I hardly ever read books twice. It builds to a massive conclusion I wasn't expecting.Published 1 month ago by Alex Douglas
The book, is as bad as the movie, and the movie
is as bad as the book... Utter Rubbish...
There is NEVER any time in your life, that you need
to read this... Read more
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I loved this story!!! Thank you for reprinting. The extras in the book are a real bonus!!!Published 2 months ago by biz
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