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L. Ron Hubbard Fiction Books

L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard New York City, 1940

While L. Ron Hubbard books span from sci-fi to adventure, and his more serious works, this is your guide to his fiction books.

Where do I start?

If you are new to L. Ron Hubbard’s fiction books or would like a book recommendation here are a few to consider:

L. Ron Hubbard Science Fiction Book List

Battlefield Earth book mass market paperback

If you enjoy epic science fiction, try Battlefield Earth. You can read the first 13 chapters or listen to the first hour free.

New York Times Bestselling Science Fiction

Battlefield Earth
Mission Earth Volume 1: The Invaders Plan

Mission Earth Volume 2: Black Genesis
Mission Earth Volume 3: Enemy Within
Mission Earth Volume 4: An Alien Affair
Mission Earth Volume 5: Fortune of Fear
Mission Earth Volume 6: Death Quest
Mission Earth Volume 7: Voyage of Vengeance
Mission Earth Volume 8: Disaster
Mission Earth Volume 9: Villainy Victorious
Mission Earth Volume 10: The Doomed Planet

Novels and Novellas

A Very Strange Trip
Final Blackout
Ole Doc Methuselah
To the Stars

Short Stories

A Matter of Matter  (includes: “The Conroy Diary,” “The Planet Makers,” and “The Obsolete Weapon”)
Beyond All Weapons  (includes: “Strain” and “The Invaders”)
The Great Secret  (includes: “Space Can,” “The Beast,” and “The Slaver”)
Greed  (includes: “Final Enemy” and “The Automagic Horse”)
One Was Stubborn  (includes: “A Can of Vacuum” and “240,000 Miles Straight Up”)
The Professor Was a Thief  (includes: “Battle of Wizards” and “The Dangerous Dimension”)
When Shadows Fall  (includes: “Tough Old Man” and “Battling Bolto”)

L. Ron Hubbard Fantasy


If you like suspense, try the psychological horror classic Fear.

Novels and Novellas

Slaves of Sleep & The Masters of Sleep
The Tramp
Typewriter in the Sky

Short Stories

The Crossroads  (includes: “Borrowed Glory” and “The Devil’s Rescue”)
Danger in the Dark  (includes: “The Room” and “He Didn’t Like Cats”)
If I Were You  (includes: “The Last Drop”)

L. Ron Hubbard Mystery & Detective

Dead Men Kill trade paperback

Zombies? Did you know L. Ron Hubbard wrote a zombie mystery? Try Dead Men Kill.

Novels and Novellas

Brass Keys to Murder
Cargo of Coffins
The Chee-Chalker
Dead Men Kill
Spy Killer

Short Stories

The Carnival of Death  (includes: “The Death Flyer”)
False Cargo  (includes: “Grounded”)
Killer’s Law  (includes: “They Killed Him Dead,” “The Mad Dog Murder,” and “The Blow Torch Murder”)
Mouthpiece  (includes: “Flame City,” “Calling Squad Cars,” and “The Grease Spot”)
The Slickers  (includes: “Murder Afloat” and “Killer Ape”)

L. Ron Hubbard Historical Fiction

Mister Tidwell, Gunner trade paperback

If you enjoy historical fiction, try Mister Tidwell, Gunner and see Nelson’s legendary British fleet from a whole new angle.

Novels and Novellas

All Frontiers Are Jealous
The Battling Pilot
The Dive Bomber
Hurtling Wings
Inky Odds
Man-Killers of the Air
Sky Birds Dare!
Trouble on His Wings
Under the Black Ensign

Short Stories

Mister Tidwell, Gunner  (includes: “Submarine” and “The Drowned City”)
The Sky-Crasher  (includes: “Boomerang Bomber”)
Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead  (includes: “Price of a Hat” and “Starch and Stripes”)

L. Ron Hubbard Military & War

Orders Is Orders trade paperback

If you are looking for military fiction, try Orders Is Orders.

 Novels and Novellas

The Falcon Killer
Hostage to Death
The Lieutenant Takes the Sky
On Blazing Wings
Orders Is Orders
The Phantom Patrol
Sabotage in the Sky
While Bugles Blow!

Short Stories

Fifty-Fifty O’Brien  (includes: “The Adventure of ‘X’” and “Red Sand”)
The Green God  (includes: “Five Mex for a Million”)
Hell’s Legionnaire  (includes: “The Barbarians” and “The Squad That Never Came Back”)
Red Death Over China  (includes: “The Crate Killer” and “Wings Over Ethiopia”)
Trick Soldier  (includes: “He Walked to War” and “Machine Gun 21,000”)
Wind-Gone-Mad  (includes: “Tah” and “Yellow Loot”)

L. Ron Hubbard Westerns

Buckskin Brigades trade paperback

Like westerns? Buckskin Brigades reverses the time honored formula and shows you the Old West from the Blackfeet’s point of view. You could also try Branded Outlaw and the Devil’s Manhunt.

Novels and Novellas

Branded Outlaw
Buckskin Brigades
Six-Gun Caballero

Short Stories

The Baron of Coyote River  (includes: “Reign of the Gila Monster”)
Cattle King for a Day  (includes: “Come and Get It”)
Death Waits at Sundown  (includes: “Ride ’Em, Cowboy” and “Boss of the Lazy B”)
Devil’s Manhunt  (includes: “Johnny, the Town Tamer” and “Stranger in Town”)
Gun Boss of Tumbleweed  (includes: “Blood on His Spurs”)
Gunman’s Tally  (includes: “Ruin at Rio Piedras”)
King of the Gunmen  (includes: “The No-Gun Gunhawk”)
The Magic Quirt  (includes: “Vengeance Is Mine!” and “Stacked Bullets”)
The No-Gun Man  (includes: “Man for Breakfast”)
Shadows from Boot Hill  (includes: “The Gunner from Gehenna” and “Gunman!”)
Tinhorn’s Daughter  (includes: “When Gilhooly Was in Flower”)
The Toughest Ranger  (includes: “Silent Pards” and “The Ranch That No One Would Buy”)
Under the Diehard Brand  (includes: “Hoss Tamer” and “The Ghost Town Gun-Ghost”)

L. Ron Hubbard Action & Adventure

The Red Dragon trade paperback

If you enjoy swift action with twists and turns, try The Red Dragon.

Novels and Novellas

Ai! Pedrito!
Arctic Wings
Black Towers to Danger
The Bold Dare All
Destiny’s Drum
The Devil—With Wings
Forbidden Gold
The Headhunters
The Iron Duke
Loot of the Shanung
The Red Dragon
Sea Fangs
Twenty Fathoms Down

Short Stories

The Black Sultan  (includes: “Escape for Three”)
Golden Hell  (includes: “Pearl Pirate”)
The Sky Devil  (includes: “Buckley Plays a Hunch” and “Medals for Mahoney”)
The Trail of the Red Diamonds  (includes: “Hurricane’s Roar”)
Yukon Madness  (includes: “The Cossack” and “The Small Boss of Nunaloha”)

Who is L. Ron Hubbard?

L. Ron Hubbard

Celebrating 50 years as a writer

With 19 New York Times bestsellers and more than 350 million copies of his works in circulation, L. Ron Hubbard is among the most enduring and widely read authors of our time. As a leading light of American Pulp Fiction through the 1930s and ’40s, he is further among the most influential authors of the modern age, including perennial and New York Times bestsellers such as Battlefield Earth, Mission Earth, Fear, Final Blackout, and To the Stars. Indeed, from Ray Bradbury to Stephen King, there is scarcely a master of imaginative tales who has not paid tribute to L. Ron Hubbard.

“One of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century.” —Publishers Weekly

L. Ron Hubbard was a renaissance man who traveled the world and studied 21 races and cultures. He had a vast canvas of raw material with which to create realistic characters and settings, and considered this a vital part of writing,

“I believe that the only way I can keep improving my work and my markets is by broadening my sphere of acquaintanceship with the world and its people and professions.” —L. Ron Hubbard

Mr. Hubbard’s true-to-life adventures and thorough research were the backbone of his fiction books—he was always “trying harder to make every word live and breath.”

Further, throughout his career, Mr. Hubbard freely passed along his knowledge of the craft. In 1983,  he created and endowed the Writers of the Future Contest as a means to discover and nurture new talent in science fiction.

“I initiated a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.” —L. Ron Hubbard

In the 36 years of the Contest, there have been 440  winners and 80 published finalists, who have published more than 1,150 novels and nearly 4,500 short stories, including 32 New York Times bestsellers and over 60 million copies sold.

Its success in discovering and helping launch new authors has earned a special place in publishing.

“Writers of the Future ranks in importance with the Hugos and Nebulas for the science fiction genre.” —Kevin J. Anderson

For  more information about his life, read the L. Ron Hubbard biography.

How many books has L. Ron Hubbard written?

As the publisher of the fiction books by L. Ron Hubbard, this is a summary of his fiction storytelling, not all of L. Ron Hubbard’s books.

He authored more than 200 short stories, novellas, and novels under his name and 15 pen names: Winchester Remington Colt, Lt. Jonathan Daly, Capt. Charles Gordon, Capt. L. Ron Hubbard, Bernard Hubbel, Michael Keith, René Lafayette, Legionnaire 148, Legionnaire 14830, Ken Martin, Scott Morgan, Lt. Scott Morgan, Kurt von Rachen, Barry Randolph, and Capt. Humbert Reynolds.

The Stories from the Golden Age (published in the pulp fiction magazines) encompassed adventure, mystery and detective, science fiction and fantasy, historical fiction, and western works. Included above are the titles currently available. As more of his works are newly published this list will be updated. Visit the bibliography for the chronological fiction book list.

Upon his return to fiction in 1983, he authored New York Times bestselling novels Battlefield Earth and Mission Earth. He also wrote several screenplays, two of which, Ai! Pedrito! and A Very Strange Trip, were later novelized.

Recommended Reading Order

Each of the novels, except for the Mission Earth series, do not need to be read in sequence. Each title above is linked to a page with the story description and Goodreads reviews to help you decide.

You can stick with the genres you love.

While we did make a few book recommendations above, you can find more information at  the order of books blog post.