In Final Blackout, first published in 1940, L. Ron Hubbard gave us a larger-than-life, combat-wise, principled protagonist. Known only as “the Lieutenant,” his deep moral concern for his brigade of irregulars—“The Unkillables” (Mr. Hubbard’s work-in-progress title for Final Blackout)—became the measure of the quintessential leader. In the end, it is up to this band of survivors, led by a man whose very anonymity symbolizes a transcending clarity of purpose and the conviction that the individual can make a difference, to salvage what they can of their lives and their civilization.
Later, in 1948, after Ron Hubbard return from four years of active duty in World War II as a US naval officer in the Pacific theater, he wrote a preface and a new dedication to the book—“To the men and officers with whom I served in World War II, first phase, 1941-1945.”
Consistently ranked as one of the ten greatest novels of “The Golden Age of Science Fiction” and arguably L. Ron Hubbard’s most famous and most controversially apocalyptic science fiction novel before Battlefield Earth, it is also widely seen by contemporary critics as his defining classic of “survivalist” fiction.