L. Ron Hubbard Announces “Battlefield Earth”
The announcement by NASA that Voyager 1 has left our solar system, made 36 years after Voyager's flight began, now sets the stage that was the premise for the internationally acclaimed bestselling novel, Battlefield Earth.
While it was conceived that it would be tens of thousands of years before the Voyager would reach any other planetary system, it was noted by Carl Sagan of Cornell University, "The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced spacefaring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life on this planet." It also assumes that intelligent life, if it does exist, is also benevolent, not greedy and not xenophobic as man is proving to be as he evolves as a race.
In the opening chapter of Battlefield Earth which takes place in the year 3,000 where man has been driven almost to extinction, Hubbard describes what brought about the invasion and near total destruction of the planet. He wrote, "Man apparently sent out some kind of probe that gave full directions to the place, had pictures of man on it and everything. It got picked up by a Psychlo recon. And you know what?" He went on, "The probe and the pictures were on a metal that was rare everywhere and worth a clanking fortune. And Intergalactic paid the Psychlo governors sixty trillion Galactic credits for the directions and the concession. One gas barrage and we were in business."
In actual fact, NASA did place a 12" gold-plated copper disk aboard Voyager 1 containing information about Earth, its inhabitants and where it is located in the galaxy as a message to extraterrestrials.
While no one hopes that our message to alien races results in an attack upon Earth, the message of Battlefield Earth is very clear-man's ultimate desire to survive is greater than even the most brutal of alien races.
Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard is a towering masterwork of adventure and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time as it opens on an Earth-dominated for the last thousand years by brutal alien invaders-where man is now an endangered species.
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