Wednesday, March 13, 2013

L. Ron Hubbard wrote fantasy, science fiction

It is the birthday of pulp fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard (1911), who wrote for sci-fi and fantasy magazines in the 1930s. Hubbard also wrote romances, westerns, adventures, travel, and mysteries. His first full-length novel was Buckskin Brigades (1937). Hubbard also wrote Slaves of Sleep (1939), The Ultimate Adventure (1939), Final Blackout (1940), Death's Deputy (1948), The Kingslayer (1949), Typewriter in the Sky (1951), and Ole Doc Methuselah (1953). His 10-volume Mission Earth series (1985-1987) tells the story of a CIA agent on the planet Voltar who exposes a plot by aliens to conquer Earth to use it as a base for invasion of the rest of the universe. The Voltar Confederacy sends a mission to Earth to prevent earthlings from destroying their own planet through pollution before it can be conquered. Hubbard also created the controversial Scientology religious movement.

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