This is the time of year when I think of my past, my family members who have gone before me, and the holidays we spent together. In 1982, my mother, sister, mother’s friend, and I lived in Weaverville, NC. Each weekend went to the Dreamland Flea Market in Asheville. It was there that my mother bought me one of my favorite Christmas gifts, L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth: a Saga of the Year 3000. Everything else under the tree passed by in a blur. At the time I was, for lack of better term, a science fiction junkie! (I have branched to other genres, but sci-fi has an eternal place in my heart.) I wish I could say I have heard Hubbard’s name before, according to articles I have read, Battlefield Earth was a celebration of his 50 years in writing at the time and came in at 500,000 words. This is what the book looked like when I got it (the above is the current cover):
“Earth is a wasteland. Savage aliens, Psychlos, have taken over and are stripping Earth of precious resources, especially gold. The great cities stand crumbling as a brutal reminder of what we once were. When the Psychlos invaded, all the world’s armies mustered little resistance against the advanced alien weapons. Now, the man animals serve one purpose. Do the Psychlos’ bidding or face extinction. One man, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, has a plan. They must learn about the Psychlos and their weapons. He needs the other humans to follow him. And that may not be enough. Can he outwit his Psychlo captor, Terl? The fate of the Galaxy lies on the Battlefield of Earth.“
This book is a perfect gift for the science fiction lover in your life. If they have read it, maybe get them another copy to remind them of the joy that this book is. I for one will be diving into it again. Forty years is far too long to be away from a good friend like this!
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 can be found in paperback and e-book format. It is $9.99 for the paperback and $9.49 e-book.