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But it was John W. Campbell Jr.’s
Astounding Science Fiction
that finally proved the most memorable LRH vehicle. While every fan of L. Ron Hubbard’s
galactic epics undoubtedly knows the story, it nonetheless bears repeating: By late
1938, the pulp publishing magnate of Street & Smith was determined to revamp
Astounding Science Fiction
for broader readership. In particular, senior editorial director F. Orlin Tremaine
called for stories with a stronger
human element.
When acting editor John W. Campbell balked, preferring his spaceship-driven tales,
Tremaine enlisted Hubbard. Hubbard, in turn, replied with the genre’s first truly
works, wherein heroes are pitted not against bug-eyed monsters but the mystery and
majesty of deep space itself—and thus was launched the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

The names alone are enough to quicken the pulse of any science fiction aficionado,
including LRH friend and protégé, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, A. E. van Vogt and
Ray Bradbury. Moreover, when coupled with LRH stories of fantasy, we further come
to what’s rightly been described as the foundation of every modern tale of horror:
L. Ron Hubbard’s immortal
It was rightly proclaimed by Stephen King as one of the very few works to genuinely
warrant that overworked term “classic”—as in:
“This is a classic tale of creeping, surreal menace and horror. . . . This is one
of the really, really good ones.”

L. Ron Hubbard, 1948, among fellow science fiction luminaries at the World Science
Fiction Convention in Toronto.

To accommodate the greater body of L. Ron Hubbard fantasies, Street & Smith inaugurated
—a classic pulp if there ever was one, and wherein readers were soon thrilling to
the likes of
Typewriter in the Sky
Slaves of Sleep
of which Frederik Pohl would declare:
“There are bits and pieces from Ron’s work that became part of the language in ways
that very few other writers managed.”

And, indeed, at J. W. Campbell Jr.’s insistence, Ron was regularly drawing on themes
from the Arabian Nights and so introducing readers to a world of genies, jinn, Aladdin
and Sinbad—all of which, of course, continue to float through cultural mythology to
this day.

At least as influential in terms of post-apocalypse stories was L. Ron Hubbard’s 1940
Final Blackout.
Generally acclaimed as the finest anti-war novel of the decade and among the ten best
works of the genre ever authored—here, too, was a tale that would live on in ways
few other writers imagined. Hence, the later Robert Heinlein verdict: “Final Blackout
is as perfect a piece of science fiction as has ever been written.”

Like many another who both lived and wrote American pulp adventure, the war proved
a tragic end to Ron’s sojourn in the pulps. He served with distinction in four theaters
and was highly decorated for commanding corvettes in the North Pacific. He was also
grievously wounded in combat, lost many a close friend and colleague and thus resolved
to say farewell to pulp fiction and devote himself to what it had supported these
many years—namely, his serious research.

Portland, Oregon, 1943; L. Ron Hubbard, captain of the US Navy subchaser PC 815.

But in no way was the LRH literary saga at an end, for as he wrote some thirty years
later, in 1980:

“Recently there came a period when I had little to do. This was novel in a life so
crammed with busy years, and I decided to amuse myself by writing a novel that was
science fiction.”

That work was
Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000.
It was an immediate
New York Times
bestseller and, in fact, the first international science fiction blockbuster in decades.
It was not, however, L. Ron Hubbard’s magnum opus, as that distinction is generally
reserved for his next and final work: The 1.2 million word
Mission Earth.

How he managed those 1.2 million words in just over twelve months is yet another piece
of the L. Ron Hubbard legend. But the fact remains, he did indeed author a ten-volume
that lives in publishing history for the fact that each and every volume of the series
was also a
New York Times

Moreover, as subsequent generations discovered L. Ron Hubbard through republished
works and novelizations of his screenplays, the mere fact of his name on a cover signaled
an international bestseller. . . . Until, to date, sales of his works exceed hundreds
of millions, and he otherwise remains among the most enduring and widely read authors
in literary history. Although as a final word on the tales of L. Ron Hubbard, perhaps
it’s enough to simply reiterate what editors told readers in the glory days of American
Pulp Fiction:

He writes the way he does, brothers, because he’s been there, seen it and done it!

For more information about the life and works of L. Ron Hubbard,
go to

The Stories from the
Golden Age

Your ticket to adventure starts here with the Stories from the Golden Age collection
by master storyteller L. Ron Hubbard. These gripping tales are set in a kaleidoscope
of exotic locales and brim with fascinating characters, including some of the most
vile villains, dangerous dames and brazen heroes you’ll ever get to meet.

The entire collection of over one hundred and fifty stories is being released in a
series of eighty books and audiobooks. For an up-to-date listing of available titles,
go to


Arctic Wings

The Battling Pilot

Boomerang Bomber

The Crate Killer

The Dive Bomber

Forbidden Gold

Hurtling Wings

The Lieutenant Takes the Sky

Man-Killers of the Air

On Blazing Wings

Red Death Over China

Sabotage in the Sky

Sky Birds Dare!

The Sky-Crasher

Trouble on His Wings

Wings Over Ethiopia


The Adventure of “X”

All Frontiers Are Jealous

The Barbarians

The Black Sultan

Black Towers to Danger

The Bold Dare All

Buckley Plays a Hunch

The Cossack

Destiny’s Drum

Escape for Three

Fifty-Fifty O’Brien

The Headhunters

Hell’s Legionnaire

He Walked to War

Hostage to Death


The Iron Duke

Machine Gun 21,000

Medals for Mahoney

Price of a Hat

Red Sand

The Sky Devil

The Small Boss of Nunaloha

The Squad That Never Came Back

Starch and Stripes

Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead

Trick Soldier

While Bugles Blow!

Yukon Madness


Cargo of Coffins

The Drowned City

False Cargo


Loot of the Shanung

Mister Tidwell, Gunner

The Phantom Patrol

Sea Fangs


Twenty Fathoms Down

Under the Black Ensign


The Devil

With Wings

The Falcon Killer

Five Mex for a Million

Golden Hell

The Green God

Hurricane’s Roar

Inky Odds

Orders Is Orders

Pearl Pirate

The Red Dragon

Spy Killer


The Trail of the Red Diamonds


Yellow Loot


The Blow Torch Murder

Brass Keys to Murder

Calling Squad Cars!

The Carnival of Death

The Chee-Chalker

Dead Men Kill

The Death Flyer

Flame City

The Grease Spot

Killer Ape

Killer’s Law

The Mad Dog Murder


Murder Afloat

The Slickers

They Killed Him Dead


Borrowed Glory

The Crossroads

Danger in the Dark

The Devil’s Rescue

He Didn’t Like Cats

If I Were You

The Last Drop

The Room

The Tramp


The Automagic Horse

Battle of Wizards

Battling Bolto

The Beast

Beyond All Weapons

A Can of Vacuum

The Conroy Diary

The Dangerous Dimension

Final Enemy

The Great Secret


The Invaders

A Matter of Matter

The Obsolete Weapon

One Was Stubborn

The Planet Makers

The Professor Was a Thief

The Slaver

Space Can


Tough Old Man

240,000 Miles Straight Up

When Shadows Fall


The Baron of Coyote River

Blood on His Spurs

Boss of the Lazy B

Branded Outlaw

Cattle King for a Day

Come and Get It

Death Waits at Sundown

Devil’s Manhunt

The Ghost Town Gun-Ghost

Gun Boss of Tumbleweed


Gunman’s Tally

The Gunner from Gehenna

Hoss Tamer

Johnny, the Town Tamer

King of the Gunmen

The Magic Quirt

Man for Breakfast

The No-Gun Gunhawk

The No-Gun Man

The Ranch That No One Would Buy

Reign of the Gila Monster

Ride ’Em, Cowboy

Ruin at Rio Piedras

Shadows from Boot Hill

Silent Pards

Six-Gun Caballero

Stacked Bullets

Stranger in Town

Tinhorn’s Daughter

The Toughest Ranger

Under the Diehard Brand

Vengeance Is Mine!

When Gilhooly Was in Flower

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