Reviews & Critical Acclaim

Cheered and enjoyed by fans and critics alike, the monumental and award-winning opus Battlefield Earth has been a resounding success since its initial publication, and it continues to be a worldwide publishing phenomenon, with nearly 5 million copies sold in twenty-six different languages to date. It was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. Battlefield Earth was voted among the top three science fiction books of all time in a national poll of science fiction readers, along with Frank Herbert’s Dune and Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land.

Science fiction greats review Battlefield Earth

“A terrific story.” —Robert A. Heinlein

“I read Battlefield Earth straight through in one sitting.” —Frederik Pohl

“Wonderful adventure…great characters…a masterpiece.” —A.E. Van Vogt

Battlefield Earth is like a 12-hour Indiana Jones marathon. Non-stop and fast-paced. Every chapter has a big bang-up adventure.” —Kevin J. Anderson

What the critics say

“Hubbard comes across as a powerful science fiction writer.” —Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“As a swift-moving adventure story it is first class.” —The Observer

Battlefield Earth has been described by book critics around the globe as the best thing to hit the streets since Star Wars.—Express

“This has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy and intergalactic finance.” —Publishers Weekly

“A sweeping look at civilization’s follies midst furious action and irresistible entertainment.” —Richmond Times

“Think of the Star Wars sagas, and Raiders of the Lost Ark, mix in the triumph of Rocky I, Rocky II and Rocky III and you have captured the exuberance, style and glory of Battlefield Earth.”—Baltimore Evening Sun

“Here’s to you, L. Ron Hubbard, wherever you are.”—Berkshire Eagle

“Good old-fashioned space opera (Buck Rogers stuff) makes a solid comeback.”—Newsday

“Have-at-’em entertainment.” —Kirkus Review

“A great adventure, full of excitement and suspense.” —Sun News

“It is Rocky, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Flash Gordon and Battlestar Galactica all rolled into one.” —Buffalo Evening News

“A rousing tale . . . an uplifting one as well, a saga of man’s struggle and triumph.”—Morning Advocate

“Blockbuster of a space yarn.” —Dartford Guardian

“An absolutely cracking story.” —Grimsby Telegraph

“One man takes on a galactic empire to save his planet and his girl.” —Edmonton Journal

“If you like the kind of fast, unrelenting Raiders of the Lost Ark action, then this is the book for you. It’s a real page turner.” —Rocky Mountain News

“Fascinating reading.” —Deseret News

“Hard-hitting adventure novel.” —The Border Watch

“A sprawling adventure story spread across a vast canvas of interplanetary wars, intergalactic financial intrigue, monster races and space travel.” —Iowa Bookshelf

“Sci-fi adventure has star quality.” —Hartlepool Mail

“A fixture on the New York Times bestseller list.” —New Castle News

“An epic in science fiction adventure, the absorbing story captures the mind and imagination.” —Santa Ana Register

“There’s only one way to describe Battlefield Earth: simply magic.” —Muncie Star

“Exciting and clever tale.” —Gravesend Reporter