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With 19

New York Times

bestsellers and

more than 320 million copies of his works

in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the

most acclaimed and widely read authors of

our time. He was also one of the most prolific

and popular writers during the Golden Age

of Pulp Fiction. Indeed, between 1934 and

1950, more than 150 L. Ron Hubbard tales

appeared in the pages of legendary Pulps,

often as many as three titles an issue and

by-lined under some fifteen pen names.

To meet such demand, he regularly produced

between seventy-five and a hundred thousand

words a month, with a 90% acceptance rate

from publishers on first draft, first submission.

Consequently, rarely a month passed when

the name L. Ron Hubbard did not grace the

cover of a major Pulp magazine.

That his stories were uniquely drawn from

true-to-life experience, including voyages

to Asia and the South Pacific, is likewise

part of the L. Ron Hubbard legend. While

as another word on the substance behind

that legend: between fictional tales of high-

seas adventure and far-flung exploration,

L. Ron Hubbard led two expeditions to

the Caribbean and yet another across the

Alaskan Panhandle. Accordingly, and before

the age of thirty, he was admitted to the

famed Explorers Club and earned a rare

Master Mariner’s license.

With the publication of

Dianetics: The Modern

Science of Mental Health

in 1950, his more

serious research kept him from literary pursuits

for the next three decades. In 1980, however,

to celebrate his fiftieth anniversary as a novelist

and storyteller, L. Ron Hubbard returned to the

field with his universally acclaimed science

fiction epic,

Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year

3000.

The work was an immediate bestseller

and subsequently earned a host of international

awards.

What is generally regarded as L. Ron Hubbard’s

magnum opus, however, is the 10-volume

Mission Earth

series. Also an immediate

international bestseller (with each volume

successively rising to the

New York Times

list), the series is still a landmark in publishing

history. Moreover, with a third generation of

readers now discovering the tales of L. Ron

Hubbard, he has forever secured his place in

the annals of popular fiction.

“to

You,

the millions of science fiction fans and

general public who welcomed me back to the world of

fiction so warmlY, and to the critics and media who so

pleasantlY applauded . . .” — l. ron hubbard

FICTION

l. rON hubbard