Skip to comments.Romney Favors Hubbard Novel
Posted on 05/04/2007 8:03:11 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
When asked his favorite novel in an interview shown yesterday on the Fox News Channel, Mitt Romney pointed to Battlefield Earth, a novel by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.
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Believing what L. Ron Hubbard wrote takes no bigger leap than putting any stock in the whack-job theology of Joseph Smith.
In fact, if you believe Joseph Smith, I think the next logical step in your theology is to become a scientologist.
All the good he has done?
ROTFLMAO! Have you been researching candidates, or just watching television?
Talk to Freeper EternalVigilance
Bingo. It's what Asimov would call a type 1 SF story - An adventure story with a thin veneer of science, as opposed to Type 2 - a gadget story, or Type 3 - a how the gadgets affect society and people.
I’m a life-long science fiction fan. The idea that Battlefield Earth is the best science fiction novel, let alone someone’s “favorite novel,” is completely ludicrous.
It’s not even good space opera. Grade B at the best.
Is this really his “favorite novel” of all time? Better than War and Peace or The Brothers Karamazov? Better than The Violent Bear it Away or Moby Dick? Better than Nicolas Nickleby or Pride and Prejudice? Better than A Canticle for Leibowitz or The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, or The Demolished Man? Better than Ender’s Game or Wyrms, written by a fellow Mormon?
Good grief, what nonsense.
If there was ever a definition of “it is what it is”, it’s Battlefield: Earth. It tries to be like the oldtime movie serials of the past, and for the most part, it succeeds on that level. It has its fun moments, before getting bogged down in the middle and then picking up again.
Battlefield Earth is a great example of a SciFi book that captures the zeit geist of the time in which it is written. That has to be kept in mind. The movie was incredibly bad, the book was a real page turner.
OK, I have a question for all youse who said Atlas Shrugged was a good book.
Are you saying the ideas were good?
Her writing was turgid at best but I’ve read pretty much everything she wrote and yes, she was a big time atheist and also cheated on her husband.
The movie Battlefield Earth is great camp, how many different video wipes are possible? I don’t know but they wore the hell out of the middle out and diagonalize wipes.
Here’s a great spoof on the book by Upright Citizen’s Brigade:
I remember reading that book and saying, over and over, “Why didn’t he end it here?”
I don’t think he had an editor.
It just went on and on.
Not the worst book I’ve read, and not the best. If there was Scientology in it, it didnt leave a mark.
The movie was campy. Just too much information to stuff into a couple of hours. Mini Series perhaps (a la The Stand) but not a moview.
Resistance is futile.
I'd say he spends too much time reading church-sponsored and approved literature. He should have spent more time checking out the classics including Dante's Inferno.
*ahem* I got my money back...
That is the best description that I have ever read about that book.
It was JUST okay....The whole "Come to Earth to plunder it's mineral wealth" really does not sit well with me. Lots and lots of minerals floating around in space. Easier to mine, already mobile, and you don't have to conquer the natives to get at it.
I liked the book, but I read it twenty years ago.
He read the Trilogy in the original Italian.
Then it will suck and blow...... ~ Red Badger
IF this is accurate, it’s reason enough not to support Romney. Had to be one of the worst pieces of sci fi ever written.
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