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Gift Ideas: Best Sci-Fi Book Recommendations

Finding the right books to read for an avid sci-fi reader can be tough. These gift ideas and book recommendations for the best sci-fi books take into account the variety of science fiction sub-genres and the master authors of the craft.
December 3, 2018/by Terl
astronaut on a red planet

Space Opera: 10 Best Books to Read

The science fiction sub-genre of Space Opera has not always been the most popular category in sci-fi books.
October 31, 2018/by Terl
1st Gneration iPods

Which Sci-Fi Books Inspired the Iconic Apple iPod, iPad and Earbuds?

Battlefield Earth: A return to the Golden Age, written after the genre of science fiction had time to define itself.
October 29, 2018/by Terl
Battlefield Earth cover artwork

Military Science Fiction: Rayguns, Rocketships, and a Dash of Gold

Battlefield Earth: A return to the Golden Age, written after the genre of science fiction had time to define itself.
September 24, 2018/by Terl
I Don't See Any Aliens

I Don’t See Any Aliens

On February 14, 1990, as Voyager 1 was ready to leave the solar system, NASA turned the space probe around to take a photograph of planet Earth from a distance of 3.7 billion miles.
July 17, 2018/by Terl
Director Jim Meskimen with actors Larrs Jackson, Tamra Meskimen and Phil Proctor

How 1 Director and 66 Hollywood Actors Solved Your Summer Reading

Stories from the Golden Age, a line of 80 books and unabridged audiobooks containing 153 stories written by L. Ron Hubbard—considered by many to be America’s quintessential pulp fiction author during fiction’s Golden Age—is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
June 21, 2018/by Terl
Galaxies-feature

Will Aliens Look Like Us?

For all the discussion about UFOs and alien races, there frequently seems to be an understood agreement that alien life forms have to somehow look or be like us.
March 8, 2018/by Terl
Aliens invade Earth

Jim Marrs Discusses: Is Earth Prepared for an Alien Invasion?

The following article by Jim Marrs written for Galaxy Press addresses the issue of UFOs, aliens and alien invasion initially from the perspective of fiction literature and then from documented incidents.
February 28, 2018/by Terl
Girl on the street being asked if aliens are real.

Are Aliens Real: And Will They Be Good or Bad for Us?

We wanted to know what people on the street thought of the existence of alien life. So we interviewed public at a science fiction convention. See what they had to say.
February 21, 2018/by Terl
UFOs in Washington DC, 1952

UFO Sightings: A Peaceful Union or a Battlefield Earth?

Big government maintains that there are no such things as intelligent alien life forms, while evidence to the contrary abounds. There are 2,625 reported UFO sightings in 2000, 3,069 reported sightings in 2010 and 4,881 in 2017—all listed with the National UFO Reporting Center.
January 29, 2018/by Terl
George Orwell

George Orwell: Visionary or Master Storyteller

This article by S.E. Smith is dedicated to George Orwell, one of the 88 writers listed in the dedication to Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard as that “merry crew of science fiction and fantasy writers of the thirties and forties—the Golden Age—who made science fiction and fantasy the respected and popular literary genres they have become today.”
December 23, 2017/by Terl
Voyager spacecraft

Was It a Mistake to Broadcast Earth Coordinates on Voyager?

Was it a mistake to put Earth's coordinates on the space probes Voyager 1 and 2? According to the science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth, by L. Ron Hubbard, the answer is yes. In this article, we cover both the pros and cons of NASA's decision.
November 13, 2017/by Terl
The Handmaid's Tale, World War Z and Battlefield Earth

What do The Handmaids Tale, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War and Battlefield Earth Have in Common?

With the large Emmy win shout-outs to The Handmaid's Tale, we look at what 3 bestselling dystopian novels have in common.
September 28, 2017/by Terl
Girl listening to an audiobook

What Is It Like to Watch a Movie With Your Ears?

This blog is about audiobooks. And not just ordinary audiobooks. The Rolls-Royce brand of audiobooks.
September 26, 2017/by Terl
Dragon Con Blood Drive

Surprising Way L. Ron Hubbard and Robert A. Heinlein Just Saved 10,000 Lives

Bestselling authors L. Ron Hubbard and Robert A. Heinlein are well-known for their epic, trendsetting science fiction. This past week, these two great legends of sci-fi were teamed up to save lives.
September 12, 2017/by Terl
Science Fiction in the classroom

Can Sci Fi Novels Help Motivate STEM Learning?

Science fiction is often unfairly compared with fantasy books for educational uses. This is a weak analogy because the two genres are so very different. The two are only related in that they both fall under a larger genre known as speculative fiction and are found in the same section in bookstores.
August 24, 2017/by Terl
Terl reading

Terl’s Back-to-School Reading List

We decided to approach Terl for his suggested back to school list of books to read, and we were surprised when he agreed to provide his list.
August 23, 2017/by Terl
Dragon Con 2017

Dragon Con 2017 Here We Come

We are very excited to be heading back to Atlanta for Dragon Con 2017. In preparation for this and for the very BIG surprise we are bringing with us—quite in addition to the new mass market paperback release—we thought we would recap on last year's event.
August 23, 2017/by Terl
Ray Bradbury, A.E. van Vogt and Jack Williamson

Conspiracy for a Better World Snapshot: A.E. van Vogt

Battlefield Earth was dedicated by L. Ron Hubbard to Robert A. Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, John W. Campbell, Jr. and “all the merry crew,” a list of over 80 names! Hubbard states, “They are all worth rereading, every one.” This blog is to help shed some light on A.E. van Vogt’s contribution to that “golden age of science fiction.”
August 17, 2017/by Terl
Papp Johnson as Terl. Photo by Dennys Ilic

The Psychlos of Battlefield Earth – Terl

“We think nothing of going into an area and taking out minerals at the expense of the plant and animal life. So what would it be like if an advanced race of aliens viewed the entire planet of Earth in the same way?
August 16, 2017/by Terl
Gregory Kenyon as Dunneldeen MacSwanson. Photo by Dennys Ilic.

The Children of Battlefield Earth – Dunneldeen MacSwanson

“It is also a story of superstition and fear and how it is overcome—by children.” — Rocky Mountain News interview with L. Ron Hubbard
August 15, 2017/by Terl
Pia Lamberg as Chrissie, photo by Dennys Ilic

The Children of Battlefield Earth – Chrissie

“It is also a story of superstition and fear and how it is overcome—by children.” — Rocky Mountain News interview with L. Ron Hubbard
August 10, 2017/by Terl
Teddy Burwell as Pattie. Photograph by Dennys Ilic

The Children of Battlefield Earth – Pattie

As the author stated in his Rocky Mountain News interview after the book’s publication, “In Battlefield Earth, there is an advanced technology but it is the technology of the aliens and virtually wiped out humanity. Pitted against this is the human spirit. I don’t think I would be giving anything away to say that the human spirit prevails.”
August 9, 2017/by Terl
Aaron Groben as Jonnie. Photograph by Dennys Ilic.

The Children of Battlefield Earth – Jonnie Goodboy Tyler

“In Battlefield Earth, I present a situation where mankind has almost been wiped from the face of the Earth by advanced technology and is now imprisoned not so much by the aliens who dominate the planet but by superstition…."
August 8, 2017/by Terl
Pia Lamberg as Chrissie

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. 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.
August 2, 2017/by Terl
Science Fiction's Golden Age

Dedication to L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth

In 1983, L. Ron Hubbard gave his last public interview to the Rocky Mountain News upon publication of Battlefield Earth. He was asked, “What, really, was that period now described as “the golden age of science fiction?”
August 1, 2017/by Terl

Conspiracy for a Better World Snapshot: John W. Campbell, Jr.

This is next in my series on L. Ron Hubbard’s dedication in Battlefield Earth to “all the merry crew” of what became known as America’s Golden Age of Science Fiction. And as Hubbard stated, “They are all worth rereading, every one.” And one prominent name is John W. Campbell, Jr.
July 27, 2017/by Terl
Thor and Terl go at it at SD Comic Con 2017

Superheroes and Star Wars Characters Stand with Terl at Comic Con

Terl returned to San Diego Comic Con 2017 and found good company with superheroes as well as Star Wars characters Chewbacca and a baby Ewok and more.
July 27, 2017/by Terl
Arthur C. Clarke

Conspiracy for a Better World Snapshot: Arthur C. Clarke

This is my second blog in a series on L. Ron Hubbard’s dedication in Battlefield Earth to “all the merry crew” of what became known as America’s Golden Age of Science Fiction. And as Hubbard stated, “They are all worth rereading, every one.” And one prominent name is Arthur C. Clarke.
July 20, 2017/by Terl
Robots in sci fi

A Short History of the Birth of Sci Fi

Science fiction, also known as SF or sci-fi, is part of a larger genre within fiction known as speculative fiction. Speculative fiction not only includes science fiction, but also fantasy and horror as well.
July 19, 2017/by Terl
Let's Celebrate

This Is How We Celebrate Excellence in Marketing

Nearly 40 guests gathered at the L. Ron Hubbard Theatre to celebrate Battlefield Earth winning an Audie in the category of Excellence in Marketing, one of the top categories for this award bestowed by the Audio Publishers Association.
July 18, 2017/by Terl
Robert A. Heinlein

Robert A. Heinlein – the Conspiracy for a Better World

Ron Hubbard dedicated Battlefield Earth to Robert A. Heinlein, A. E. van Vogt, John W. Campbell, Jr. and “all the merry crew” of what became known as America’s Golden Age of Science Fiction. The full list is over 80 names long! And as Hubbard stated, “They are all worth rereading, every one.”
July 12, 2017/by Terl
Voyager spacecraft NASA

What If Sci Fi Writers Really Did Have It Right On Aliens?

The announcement by NASA that Voyager 1 is in interstellar space while Voyager 2 is in the Heliosheath and soon to leave our solar system, 40 years after Voyager’s flights began, poses an interesting proposition.
July 12, 2017/by Terl

Battlefield Earth – Epic

Epic in its current use seems to mean a sort of meld of awesome (i.e., neat-o) and outstanding. Epic: "telling a story about a hero or about exciting events or adventures very great" or "large and usually difficult or impressive" This is the meaning that was in my mind after reading Battlefield Earth.
July 3, 2017/by Terl
Rocket launch from NASA

Alien Invasion: Is Earth Prepared? (Part 3 of 3)

This is a three-part article written by Jim Marrs, the author of the New York Times bestseller "Alien Agenda." The final in the series discusses "Is Earth Prepared?"
June 29, 2017/by Terl
Flying saucers over a farm

Alien Invasion: Is Earth Prepared? (Part 2 of 3)

This is a three-part article written by Jim Marrs, the author of the New York Times bestseller "Alien Agenda." Part 2: What If They Really Exist? Today, the topic of alien invasion is taken more seriously. A controversial book purporting to be a genuine report from the early 1960s by a “Special Study Group” connected to the federal government entitled "Report from Iron Mountain on the Possibility and Desirability of Peace" looked into ...
June 28, 2017/by Terl
Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds"

Alien Invasion: Is Earth Prepared? (Part 1 of 3)

This is a three-part article written by Jim Marrs, the author of the New York Times bestseller "Alien Agenda." Part 1: A History of Alien Invasion Stories. Some believe the battle for Earth has already begun.
June 27, 2017/by Terl
Katniss, Luke and Jonnie Goodboy Tyler

Who’s the Greatest of Them All?

So we have talked about who’s the baddest of them all. But just as there is no disagreement that it takes a really good bad guy to bring out the best in the hero, it nevertheless remains that a great hero is…well…great!
June 26, 2017/by Terl
Typewriter

Ten Amazing Story Openings

A great opening sentence can sometimes be as memorable as the book it begins.
June 20, 2017/by Terl
Truck driver

Audiobooks Make the Miles Fly

Audiobooks have long proven themselves a great way to read a book without having to actually “read” it. Perhaps when audiobooks first appeared on the marketplace, this was not the case, as they were abridged, meaning a shortened version of the book which could very often leave out important parts of the story.
June 14, 2017/by Terl
Dave Chassen and Battlefield Earth

What Happened When I Wrote the Book Description for a Famous Book

A couple of months ago, I got an email from Galaxy Press, L.Ron Hubbard’s publishing company, asking if I could help them write a book description for one of his most famous books, Battlefield Earth. Now, if you don’t know me well, I’m a HUGE sci-fi nerd and list Battlefield Earth as one of my all-time favorite books...little bit.
June 13, 2017/by Terl
Darth Vader, Terl and Lord Voldermort

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Baddest of Them All?

Everybody loves a good villain. But who is the baddest of them all? And what makes the bad guy a really good bad guy? In other words, what are the qualities that make a character we can all enjoy hating?
June 12, 2017/by Terl
Rocky Mountain News interview with L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard, On Writing and Science Fiction

The following interview by L. Ron Hubbard conducted with the Rocky Mountain News not only provides insight for the science fiction enthusiast into that period now known as the Golden Age of Science Fiction but meaningful writing tips from one of the crew responsible for the creation of the Golden Age of Science Fiction.
June 8, 2017/by Terl
10 Great Science Fiction Books No SF Fan Should Miss Out On

10 Great Science Fiction Books No SF Fan Should Miss Out On

Our original thought was to title this blog post “the 10 Greatest Science Fiction Books.” But that sounded too definitive, as there are dozens if not hundreds of SF books that one could argue should make that list. So instead, here are 10 SF books we say are great and that every science fiction reader should not miss...
June 6, 2017/by Terl
Space ship above Earth

L. Ron Hubbard, Jack Williamson, H.G. Wells and SF Greats Take Humanity to the Stars

The idea of space travel—which is central to the plot of L. Ron Hubbard’s epic SF novel Battlefield Earth (1982)—has been written about in science fiction for hundreds of years. Sci-Fi writer Jack Williamson called space travel “the central myth of science fiction,” just as the fall of Troy was the central myth of the ancient Greeks.
June 1, 2017/by Terl
Terl grabbing the Audie Award for Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth Audiobook – or rather Terl – Wins Audie Award

L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth audiobook just won an Audie Award for Excellence in Marketing, culminating a year-long progression of recognitions from its successful release last June where it topped bestseller lists.
May 31, 2017/by Terl

Jim Marrs Talks Aliens and Battlefield Earth

Jim Marrs, New York Times bestselling author of Alien Agenda, the top selling non-fiction book on UFOs in the world, took some time to answer questions on aliens, Battlefield Earth and his views on space travel.
May 27, 2017/by Terl
Battlefield Earth Audiobook IPA Award

Independent Press Award makes Terl proud as winner of the Gold Award!

We are very excited to announce that the Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 audiobook was recognized as a winner of the Independent Press Award in the category of “Audiobook Cover Design: Fiction.”
May 15, 2017/by Terl
Diego Martinez at the L. Ron Hubbard Library in Hollywood

Diego Martinez – Not Your Typical Science Teacher

Diego Martinez is not your typical science teacher. While he has all the basics to teach, such as a BA in Chemistry and Secondary Education, it’s his passion for ...
April 19, 2017/by Terl
Battlefield Earth audiobook 2017 Audie Finalist

L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth Nominated for Audie Awards

It was announced by the Audio Publishers Association (APA) that the unabridged multicast audiobook for L. Ron Hubbard’s bestselling novel, Battlefield Earth has been nominated for two Audie Awards, the premiere competition for the audiobook industry....
March 24, 2017/by Terl

Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard Selected as Medalist in Benjamin Franklin Awards

Independent Book Publishers Association – has just announced their finalists for this year’s Benjamin Franklin Awards which included Battlefield Earth.
March 16, 2017/by Terl
photograph of Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill’s Essay on Alien Life Has Been Located

The fascination with aliens does not seem to reduce no matter how many times "authorities" give explanations when some random person captures mysterious clips of unidentified flying objects on their cell phones. When someone like Sir Winston Churchill pens a rather large essay on the subject of alien life ...
February 17, 2017/by Terl
Couple against the stars

Valentine’s Day – Sweetie or Geeky?

Just about everyone in the US is familiar with Valentine’s Day, celebrated worldwide on February 14, but few know the scientific achievements that share the same date....
January 25, 2017/by Terl
2016-bestseller

2016 and the Rebirth of Battlefield Earth as a Bestseller

In 1982, to celebrate his 50th anniversary as a writer, L. Ron Hubbard published his epic SF novel Battlefield Earth, which spent 8 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than 4 million copies.
December 28, 2016/by Terl
Battlefield Earth spaceship float

A New Entrant to the Hollywood Christmas Parade – Battlefield Earth

Eager fans packed both sides of the three-mile route along Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards for the 85th anniversary of the Hollywood Christmas Parade benefitting the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots. The magic of the parade once again proved itself in bringing Hollywood together as it ...
December 1, 2016/by Terl
Jim Marrs

Is Earth Prepared for an Alien Invasion?

Some believe the battle for Earth has already begun. Long before the days of the Apollo moon landings and private corporations sending satellites into space, some far-sighted writers envisioned an invasion of our planet by beings from other worlds.
October 17, 2016/by Terl
Phil Proctor Spotlight

Spotlight on Battlefield Earth voice actor Phil Proctor

Today we are interviewing Phil Proctor, an internationally known actor, singer, writer, composer, director and producer.
October 10, 2016/by Terl
frankie image

Artificial Life: Science Fiction or Science Fact?

Creating life – “artificial life” – from nonlife is a popular SF theme.
October 4, 2016/by Terl
Space ship above Earth

L. Ron Hubbard Predicted the Kindle–Nearly 25 Years Before Its Invention

In Battlefield Earth, which was first published in 1982, the evil Psychlo Terl gives the book’s hero, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, a “learning machine.” The user places disks on various subjects onto a rod on top of the machine–similar to putting a CD in a boom box ...
September 26, 2016/by Terl
UFO image

UFO Invited to Earth—With Dire Consequences—in Classic L. Ron Hubbard Novel

UFOs have been prominently featured in science fiction for well over a century. And naturally, L. Ron Hubbard got in on the action in his epic SF space opera Battlefield Earth.
September 19, 2016/by Terl
robots with brain implants

Brain Implants: From Science Fiction to Science Fact

In Battlefield Earth, which was first published in 1982, the evil Psychlo Terl gives the book’s hero, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, a “learning machine.” The user places disks on various subjects onto a rod on top of the machine–similar to putting a CD in a boom box ...
September 9, 2016/by Terl
Dragon Con 2016 Parade

Battlefield Earth Comes to Life at Dragon Con 2016

“Battlefield Earth“ by L. Ron Hubbard came to life at Dragon Con 2016 with Terl and the story's heroes making special guest appearances
September 7, 2016/by Terl
fingers typing

Mega-Best-Selling Author Reveals Secret of Getting Started as a Writer

A newspaper reporter once asked New York Times bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard if he had any advice for budding writers.
August 23, 2016/by Terl
crowd looking at aliens

Do Aliens Exist? Friend or Foe?

Galaxy Press attended the San Diego Comic-Con and polled attendees to get answers to questions about aliens. The answers are as varied and entertaining as the people giving them.
August 10, 2016/by Terl
Hello from the children of planet earth

WILL IT REALLY BE A BATTLEFIELD EARTH?

We asked bestselling science fiction author who recently penned the Ancient Aliens video game for the History Channel, Steven-Elliot Altman about extra terrestrials.
July 26, 2016/by Terl
Author L. Ron Hubbard

Galaxy Press Celebrates L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday

We are very excited to announce that the Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 audiobook was recognized as a winner of the Independent Press Award in the category of “Audiobook Cover Design: Fiction.”
March 18, 2016/by Terl
Battlefield Earth at Long Beach Comic Expo

Frank Frazetta’s “Battlefield Earth” Artwork is Big Draw at Long Beach Comic Expo

L. Ron Hubbard called Frank Frazetta the “King of Illustrators” when he commissioned the legendary artist to paint the cover illustration that now graces the upcoming edition of Battlefield Earth.
March 1, 2016/by Terl
Battlefield Earth audiobook talent

When Stars Align, Artistic Perfection Happens

What does one get when 65 talented actors, spanning TV, film, animation and video games, join forces to create an audiobook? In short—magic! Then blend into the mix cinematic sound effects and original musical scores by award-winning producers and composers. The end result is one of the largest and highest quality audiobook productions soon to be released.
February 18, 2016/by Terl
Declaration of Peace

Declaration of Peace

In 1980, in celebration of his 50th anniversary as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard returned to fiction and completed one of the biggest and most popular science fiction novels ever published: Battlefield Earth. After completing Battlefield Earth he wrote the music and lyrics for an accompanying album—the first soundtrack ever composed for a book.
December 22, 2015/by Terl