In 1980, in celebration of his 50th anniversary as a professional writer, L. Ron Hubbard returned to fiction and completed one of the biggest and most popular science fiction novels ever published: Battlefield Earth.
An adventure of epic dimensions, Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 describes an apocalyptic future in which mankind has been conquered and all but annihilated, its survivors brutalized for a thousand years by an alien colossus.
After completing Battlefield Earth he wrote the music and lyrics for an accompanying album—the first soundtrack ever composed for a book.
Reflective of the author’s lifelong commitment to world peace, lyrics from the album’s “Declaration of Peace” were reprinted on thousands of parchments and bestowed on Ron’s behalf to those organizations dedicated to the same ends.
With its inherent message of peace, we felt it appropriate during this holiday season to reprint the lyrics in full here.
Declaration of Peace
Out of a hell of shot and shell, Out of this chaos of contention, Let us bring peace to pointless fight. Why do we court the whore called war? Why make of Earth a shattered night? There is no ecstasy in killing. Love alone can make man willing.
So hear me warriors, hear me mothers. There is no pay in slaughtered brothers. Attention, if your sense is fair, heed that which we now declare.
PEACE! You races far and wide. PEACE! Abandon your blood-soaked suicide and now abide in peace!
Echo me! As in your hearts you yearn for love, not death! PEACE, we have declared it.
Snarls and strife must be at end! In peace alone can this Earth mend. And now find ecstasy in love, love for Earth, for all.
The gods of peace have now spoken. OBEY!
—L. Ron Hubbard (“Declaration of Peace” from the soundtrack album to the book Battlefield Earth)
From all of us at Galaxy Press and Author Services, Inc. we wish you and your loved ones a peaceful holiday and a prosperous New Year.