Voyager in space

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.

Alfred Hitchcock on the set of Psycho

The Backstory to Robert Bloch’s “Psycho”

The next article in our series entitled “What Was the Author Thinking” spotlights the master of the macabre Robert Bloch, author of Psycho. The novel originally published in 1959 and the basis of Alfred Hitchcock’s movie is considered a classic in the genre.

The Story Behind Jack Williamson’s “With Folded Hands”

In this next article in the series about authors and their stories, we discuss the Dean of Science Fiction Jack Williamson’s story “With Folded Hands” and what influenced him to write it.

Fahrenheit 451 book cover

The Story Behind “Fahrenheit 451”

In this next article in the series about authors and their stories, we talk about Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” and what inspired him to write the novel.

Skip Harris, Phil Proctor and Bobb Lynes in Dead Men Kill

Zombies—Fact or Fiction?

Are zombies real? And what separates the facts from the fiction? Here are the facts from Hollywood to Haiti and in literature on zombies.

Cat in a cemetary

What Inspired Stephen King to Write “Pet Sematary”

Do you ever wonder how Stephen King comes up with the ideas for his novel? In this blog you find the real-life incidents that inspired “Pet Sematary.”

Dreaming of electric sheep

What Inspired Philip K. Dick to Write “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

Do you ever wonder how an author comes up with the idea for a novel? In this blog you discover what inspired Philip K. Dick to write his classic novel.

Original illustration for Fear by Edd Cartier

Fear: The Pioneer of Modern Psychological Thrillers

Originally published in July 1940, L. Ron Hubbard’s immortal Fear is recognized as a pioneer of the modern psychological thrillers. It has riveted and influenced both readers and authors for over 75 years and continues to do so today.

Frank Frazetta

Frank Frazetta: An Introduction

This article with advice to artists by Frank Frazetta was originally published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume VII.

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.