Battlefield Earth // 8 Aug 2017

Get a sneak peek of the Battlefield Earth paperback release

Following the very successful 2016 re-release of Battlefield Earth as a trade paperback and the Audie Award winning full-cast audiobook, both of which went to the #1 spot in the US, we are now preparing for our fall release (September 5th) of the mass market paperback edition.

Following the very successful 2016 re-release of Battlefield Earth as a trade paperback and the Audie Award winning full-cast audiobook, both of which went to the #1 spot in the US, we are now preparing for our fall release (September 5th) of the mass market paperback edition.

In talking with many of our Battlefield Earth fans both online and in person at conventions, we know they love how the characters come to life in the novel through L. Ron Hubbard’s storytelling ability. So, with that in mind, we assembled some of the principal characters from the book for a photo shoot and we thought you would like a sneak peek.

For the photo shoot, it seemed a natural to ask Dennys Ilic, both as an internationally renowned editorial portrait photographer and author of the just released photographic book The Men of Science Fiction, to do it. Dennys, who grew up reading science fiction including Battlefield Earth when he was young, told us it was one of his favorite books and so he readily agreed to the shoot. So here’s how it went:

The first step was to go over with Dennys exactly what we wanted to achieve. Here the art director and Dennys discuss the mood, lighting and poses.

Art director and staff with Dennys Ilic
Art Director with Dennys Ilic
 
Art director and staff with Dennys Ilic
Art Director and staff with Dennys
 

That accomplished, we had Taylor Latham, an up-and-coming Hollywood makeup artist, prep each of the models. She did a fabulous job as you can see.

We started with Aaron Groben as Jonnie Goodboy Tyler. Aaron, you may remember, performed as Jonnie when we crashed a spaceship on Hollywood Blvd last summer to announce the release of the trade paperback edition of Battlefield Earth. Needless to say, that got a lot of media attention.

Aaron Groben as Jonnie getting makeup
Taylor doing Aaron’s makeup
 
Photo shoot of Jonnie by Dennys

Next was the beautiful Pia Lamberg, a Finnish actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder (Miss Finland 2011), who was photographed as Chrissie.

Pia as Chrissie getting her makeup
Pia as Chrissie getting her makeup
 
Photo shoot of Chrissie

Then we asked the young model and actress Teddy Burwell, to be Chrissie’s little sister, Pattie, for our shoot.

Teddy getting makeup
Teddy getting makeup
 
Pattie photo shoot

In Battlefield Earth the Scotts play a key role in the liberation of Earth when they join forces with Jonnie and our shoot wouldn’t be complete without one. For the role of the Scottish warrior Dunneldeen, we asked Gregory Kenyon, who also performed on the Battlefield Earth audiobook, to do the honors.

Dunneldeen getting makeup
Gregory getting ready for the shoot
 
Photo shoot of Dunneldeen

And last but not least was Papp Johnson as Terl. Papp has become a regular for the Terl character, last seen at the San Diego Comic Con greeting fans and signing autographs.

Photo shoot of Terl

Needless to say, Dennys’ final images are nothing short of stunning. Stay tuned as we reveal more.