With L. Ron Hubbard’s resumption of a literary life in 1980, came what critics would legitimately describe as a master’s return in genuinely grand style. The statement cannot be overstressed, for nary an author in the whole of modern literature has managed a feat equivalent to a Battlefield Earth and a Mission Earth. After a three decade hiatus from the field came L. Ron Hubbards with the first works of science fiction to attract a truly mainstream readership in almost as many years – works with more than twelve million cumulative sales across a dozen languages, and of such continuing relevance the word classic is the only appropriate term. That longtime friend and fellow giant Robert Heinlein had stood so firmly by is also fully appropriate; for to name a work of similar stature one must return to his 1961 Stranger in a Strange Land.

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