Battlefield Earth
A Saga of the Year 3000
The Book


Battlefield Earth
The Book

Battlefield Earth Book

The Writing of Battlefield Earth

In 1980, Ron returned to his typewriter both for his own amusement and to celebrate his fiftieth year as a professional writer. The result was Battlefield Earth, a novel of pure science fiction. Freed from the constraints of the magazine format, Ron delivered a story of 428,750 words—the biggest single-volume science fiction novel ever published.

He was living in Newport Beach, California—not far from Encinitas, where he had launched his extraordinarily successful assault on the pulp fiction market nearly fifty years before. Ron wrote this milestone novel in eight months, completing it in October 1980. It was one of the most intensely productive periods of his professional career as a literary author. Writing at an even faster pace than his legendary pulp fiction years, he blazed away—not on an early word processor as some reviewers had assumed due to the unusual length of the book, but on two portable Underwood typewriters. He alternated between them so that he could work on one while the other was undergoing needed maintenance and repair.

The epic tale of Battlefield Earth plays out initially against the sweeping panorama of the Rocky Mountains, following a few surviving but indomitable humans attempting to take back their planet from the rapacious Psychlo invaders. The action spills out across Earth, then across galaxies to the home world of the Psychlos before ultimately extending out across all the universes conquered by the most hated species in all of existence.

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

Publishers Weekly

“A pulse-pounding mile-a-minute sci-fi action-adventure that does not stop. It is a masterpiece of popular science fiction.”

—Brandon Sanderson
author of Mistborn

“Nonstop and fast-paced. Every chapter has a big bang-up adventure.”

—Kevin J. Anderson
co-author in the Dune universe

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