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Old 01-03-2009, 08:47 PM   #1
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Do you like L. Ron Hubbard?

I"m not a big fan, but the Amazon Kindle blog posted this today...5 of his 'pulp fiction' books listed.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/blog/post/PLNK19JG1TQHR3Q45
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:54 PM   #3
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Excuse me? I did not realize that. I was just trying to post for those interested........

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Old 01-03-2009, 09:41 PM   #4
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None of his more famed pulp works.

Here's my top 5 of his pulp works. All are 60,00 words or less.

1. Final Blackout. - Gripping reading. Grimmer than grim. If you were only going to read one of his pulp works, this is it.

2. Typewriter in the Sky - An absolute hoot of a fantasy. The mirror reverse of Final Blackout in tone and style.

3. To the Stars - A human view of long term Einsteinian Time Dilation.

4. Slaves of Sleep - A rollicking tale of an alternate universe.

5. The Indigestable Triton - Another rollicking fantasy.

Bonus - A children's story of Hollywood - The Automagic Horse.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:44 PM   #5
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You know, I've never read anything of his. I think I found out that he was a sci-fi writer long after all the Scientology stuff came along.

By then, I had decided (rightly or wrongly) that he was out of his mind, so I just turned away from his work as something that wouldn't interest me.

I know ... bad idea to let one's prejudices keep one from enjoying a good read, but there you have it.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:59 PM   #6
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You know, I've never read anything of his. I think I found out that he was a sci-fi writer long after all the Scientology stuff came along.

By then, I had decided (rightly or wrongly) that he was out of his mind, so I just turned away from his work as something that wouldn't interest me.

I know ... bad idea to let one's prejudices keep one from enjoying a good read, but there you have it.
Rickey, just because you think somebody went off his rocker a one point in time, doesn't mean he was so before then. You ought to give Typewriter in the Sky a go. It's great fun (and under 50,00 words).
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:50 AM   #7
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"Battlefield Earth", is a decent "Space Opera" novel, although it was made into what is arguably one of the worst movies of all time. The book, though, I thoroughly enjoyed, and have read several times.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:45 AM   #8
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Can't stand "Dianetics" (or Scientology). I read the original in Astounding (back when I owned a copy), and thought it was nonsense.

Then, when I read about poor A.E. Van Vogt suffering terrible headaches because of the idioc* of Hubbard regarding eyeglasses and migranes (What the fu** !!!), I felt immense sadness for Van Vogt.

Hubbard was an ok hack, a minor pulp writer. He had a great imagination.

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Old 01-04-2009, 08:59 AM   #9
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So many nice things to read, I won't waste my time and psyche with the father of scientology. I don't think a little bit of triage of what you'll be reading is realy unfair or prejudice.
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:09 AM   #10
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"Battlefield Earth", is a decent "Space Opera" novel, although it was made into what is arguably one of the worst movies of all time. The book, though, I thoroughly enjoyed, and have read several times.
Battlefield Earth started off ok enough, but quickly went downhill fast. It was overly long and there were a number of places it could have ended. Overall, I'd call it a waste of time to read.
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:15 AM   #11
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Put me in the camp "Can't read because of the whole Scientology thing."
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Old 01-04-2009, 12:49 PM   #12
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As an SP and a friend of an SP , I can't read the stuff of a man who said I was okay to be exterminated.

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Old 01-04-2009, 12:52 PM   #13
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Nope, he's almost as bad as Ray Bradbury.
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Nope, he's almost as bad as Ray Bradbury.

OH, you so did not say that!!! Take it back!!!!
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