Books That Make You Think

Books That Make You Think

“L. Ron Hubbard is a thinker who writes, rather than a writer who thinks, as most masters are.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Many of L. Ron Hubbardʼs books make you think, leaving a lasting impression long after youʼve closed the cover. The novels featured here have influenced other authors and are groundbreaking works in their field. Hear it from them—their reviews and kudos (accolades):

Battlefield Earth

Few humans remain…

…and the aliens hunt them for sport.

Is it the end of the world? Or the dawn of a new one?

Jonnie and a small band of survivors pit their quest for freedom in an all-out rebellion that erupts across Earth and the cosmic sprawl of the Psychlo empire.

“A terrific story! The carefully underplayed comedy I found delicious. A masterpiece.” —Robert A. Heinlein (Starship Troopers)

“A masterpiece of popular science fiction.” —Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive)

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Buckskin Brigades

A white man raised by Blackfeet Indians is pushed to the limits of endurance by the ruthless fur traders. L. Ron Hubbard’s first published novel in 1937 is recognized as a landmark work for its wealth of scrupulous detail and its unconventionally sympathetic portrayal of Indian life and mores.

“Mr. Hubbard has reversed a time-honored formula and has given a thriller to which, at the end of every chapter or so, another paleface bites the dust. An enthusiasm, even a freshness and sparkle, decidedly rare in this type of romance.” —New York Times

“We admire greatly the work of words expressed in Buckskin Brigades. Like Yellow Hair, you have walked the Blackfeet path with honor and have showed our people in a true light. Never has our morals and ethics been presented with such clarity.” —Council Members of the Blackfeet Nation

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Buckskin Brigades by L. Ron Hubbard

Dead Men Kill

Detective Terry Lane has solved the most challenging cases. But can he stop a killer that is already dead? And, to make it worse, each new victim is added to the ranks of the killers as zombies. Terry must find out what’s bringing the dead back to life before he becomes one of them.

“For all those who think zombie literature began with the great Max Brooks (World War Z), think again. Before the dawn of George A. Romero, L. Ron Hubbard wrote a pulp novella called Dead Men Kill, which first appeared way back in 1934 in an issue of Thrilling Detective.” —Fangoria

“Currently trendy subject matter: zombies. Loads of fun.” Ellery Queen

Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard


Professor James Lowry didn’t believe in spirits, or witches, or demons. Not until a gentle spring evening when his hat disappeared, and he couldn’t remember the last four hours of his life. Now, he is pursued by a dark, secret evil that is turning his whole world against him.

Fear is one of the few books in the chiller genre which actually merits employment of the overworked adjective ‘classic,’ as in ‘This is a classic tale of creeping, surreal menace and horror.’ One of the really, really good ones.” —Stephen King  (The Stand)

“What I’m writing is really psychological fantasies, on the order of L. Ron Hubbard’s Fear, which impressed me very much, and still does. Without Fear I would never have come up with what I do.” —Philip K. Dick (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

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Final Blackout

In a land ravaged by war without end—a devastated, post-apocalyptic landscape—marches one extraordinary soldier and his band of brothers. He is the Lieutenant, a hardened military strategist and charismatic leader of men. Now, in a time of deception, desperation, and betrayal, they must face the ultimate enemy—their own treacherous leaders.

“As perfect a piece of science fiction as has ever been written.” —Robert A. Heinlein (Starship Troopers)

“A landmark classic! It has been remembered through the decades as one of the all-time memorable classics of the science fiction field.” —Robert Bloch (Psycho)

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Mission Earth, The Invaders Plan

Sinister. Satirical. Wickedly funny. The Voltarians—with an empire 110 planets strong—are headed straight for us. A world where corporate power rules and political corruption is rife. Where global warming is getting hotter by the minute—and Jettero Heller is out to save the planet from itself.

“The most fun you can have by yourself. Ironic, exciting, romantic, and hilarious.” —Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game)

“Marvelous satire by a master of adventure.” —Anne McCaffrey (Dragons of Pern)

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On Blazing Wings

Fighter pilot David Duane believes in but one cause—his own. But he’s about to take off on an unforgettable journey to a place beyond the imagination, leading to a revelation that will open his eyes and his heart. He discovers that sometimes you have to make a choice, and making the wrong one could cost him the woman he loves.

“Mr. Hubbard’s thoroughly researched adventure, inspired by the 1939 Winter War between Finland and Russia. As a testament to its historical worth, it was translated and reprinted 14 years later for distribution in the Nordic world. Hubbard’s love of storytelling comes through clearly here.” —Library Journal

“Written in an urgent style. It drives the reader through to the exciting—and surprisingly moving—conclusion.” —Booklist

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Slaves of Sleep

A tale of parallel universes—one of the first in modern fantasy writing. Cursed with “eternal wakefulness” by an evil Jinn, never-ending nightmares, and imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, Jan Palmer is living hell in two worlds—or is he just dreaming? On Earth and in the land of the Jinn, he faces death at every turn.

“I stayed up all night finishing it. The yarn scintillated!” —Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451)

Slaves of Sleep became a sort of buzzword. There are bits and pieces from Ron’s work that became part of the language in ways that very few other writers imagined.” —Fredrick Pohl (Gateway)

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To the Stars

Alan Corday is shanghaied aboard a futuristic starship bound on an interstellar journey. Nothing in the dark, forbidding reaches of space can prepare him for the astounding discovery he will make upon returning from the stars.

To the Stars, by L. Ron Hubbard, I thought was the greatest novel that has ever been written in the history of mankind.” —Dr. Jerry Pournelle (Lucifer’s Hammer)

“This book is one of his best.” —Alan Cheuse, NPR

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Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead

What starts as an academic search for the lost treasure of Alexander the Great buried in an ancient tomb with more than 10,000 of his soldiers, turns to greed, murder, and the obliteration of an entire expedition—except one survivor.

“A very strong Indiana Jones feel to it, even though it predates Indy by nearly five decades.” —Booklist

“Vintage action, adventure, and romance. Hard-boiled pulp writing.” —Library Journal

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Typewriter in the Sky

Suddenly finding himself the villain in an adventure novel being written by his friend, Mike’s not sure how he got there or what to do. The villains always die a terrible death, and yet it seems he’s fallen for a beautiful woman. The answer’s written in the sky—in a wildly original, wickedly amusing novel.

“Fans and other writers were doing variations on that for years.” —Frederik Pohl (Gateway)

“An adventure story written in the great style adventure should be written in.” —Clive Cussler (Spartan Gold)

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Why Does L. Ron Hubbard’s Fiction Make You Think?

L. Ron Hubbard is among the most enduring and widely read authors of our time, with 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 350 million copies of his works in circulation.

“Hubbard’s stunning writing ability and creative imagination set him apart as one of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century.” —Publishers Weekly

“One of my all-time favorite writers! On par with Jack London, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Dashiell Hammett.” —George Clayton Johnson (Logan’s Run)

“L. Ron Hubbard wrote some of the most gripping and imaginative fantasy stories of the Golden Age of Pulps—Hubbard’s work has influenced generations of writers, and his stories are as lively and startling as anything being written today.” —Tim Powers (Anubis Gates)

L. Ron Hubbard lived the adventures he wrote about. He created authentic characters and settings—people and places you can relate to. It is this realism that makes you think and often lingers long after the story is over.

As Kevin J. Anderson put it:

“Following in the tradition of such famed authors as Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Jack London, and Ernest Hemingway, Ron Hubbard actually lived adventures that his own characters would have admired—as an ethnologist among primitive tribes, as prospector and engineer in hostile climes, and as a captain of vessels on four oceans.”

Have any of these stories made a lasting impression on you?

11 replies
  1. Greg Capazorio
    Greg Capazorio says:

    I can never put a L.Ron Hubbard book down once I start. He keeps one fully engaged with the characters, the plots, the humor, allowing me to imagine the scenes and scenarios he paints with his words. Then there is this integrity emanating from his main characters that is so so deeply real and sought after in real life . Keep them coming !!

  2. Gail Gallegos
    Gail Gallegos says:

    I love reading Hubbard’s fiction because it DOES make you think. There are always scenarios that make me think, how would I handle that situation, or how I have seen others handle things and how did that go for them. Years later these life lessons still stick with you. That’s how you know a good author.

  3. Jim Mets
    Jim Mets says:

    Battlefield Earth was the first book that made me a sci fi fan. So brilliantly written and the story pulls you along. The mission Earth series is a joyride through the galaxies and an outsider’s view of crazy planet earth!

  4. Joanie Sigal
    Joanie Sigal says:

    These stories are some of my favorite fiction stories. I’ve been working with them and reading them for 10 years now and they all have a great meaning, they are appropriate for kids – the good guy wins and the messages are of integrity, courage, honesty, all the good stuff.

  5. Robyn Held
    Robyn Held says:

    Slaves of Sleep is actually my favorite L. Ron Hubbard story. The magic of the story is completely captivating and really does make you wonder just what we do when we sleep.

    Truly, L. Ron Hubbard writes in a way that is so alive that my imagination comes to life and transports me to another place and time.

  6. Jennifer Kelley
    Jennifer Kelley says:

    I love the Battlefield Earth saga so much. Those characters really came to life for me. It’s the way I like to think people could pull together in the face of a truly harsh reality.

  7. Cebron Walker
    Cebron Walker says:

    I was going to start with my favorite L. Ron Hubbard book but then I realized that I could not list just one. There is Final Blackout for sure. But then also Battlefield Earth and then Mission Earth. But what about Buckskin Brigades? Each one takes you on an incredible journey that is not only entertaining but makes you think. They give you perspective. They add value to your life with nuggets you can use to be a better YOU to everyone around you as you attempt to emulate the the heroes you read about.

  8. Griselda
    Griselda says:

    I am really impressed with the breadth of Mr. Hubbard’s writings. This year, I’ve read one each of his western, sci-fi, horror, romance and mystery stories. All are entertaining, but they also carry a message of human strength and value. This is what I particularly love about his stories.

  9. Jim Sass
    Jim Sass says:

    I love listening to the pulps. Currently I am on A Very Strange Trip. Finished Mission Earth, which was awesome. To,the Stars was fascinating to,think about. Great story.


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