Hollywood, CA (PRWEB) October 08, 2012
Well over 100 avid fans were on hand Saturday night to celebrate Battlefield Earth’s 30th anniversary in a toast held at Author Services, Inc. the Hollywood literary agency dedicated to the literary works of international bestselling author L. Ron Hubbard.
It was 30 years ago on October 5, 1982 and in celebration of 50 years as a professional writer, that Battlefield Earth—the longest science fiction novel ever written—was penned by Hubbard and published by St Martin’s Press.
On hand for the toast was actor Jeff Pomerantz who portrayed the story’s central character when originally released. Pomerantz stated at the ceremony, "Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, the hero of L Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth, is man at his best, really optimum man, a problem solver, who, when confronted with difficulty or crisis uses man's ultimate weapon: reason. It's a wonderful read and was a great character to portray."
Upon release, Robert Heinlein, in a letter to Hubbard called it “a terrific story!” while Publishers Weekly stated, it “has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy and intergalactic finance.”
Since its release, Battlefield Earth has enjoyed considerable success with 34 weeks on bestseller lists—8 of them being New York Times. It has been published in 26 languages and has earned several international awards including the Tetradramma d’Oro from Italy for its message of peace as well as the Saturn Award, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
It was also announced during the toast by John Goodwin President Galaxy Press, the book’s publisher, that a new edition featuring the art work of famed illustrator Frank Frazetta was next up for release.
It was Mr. Hubbard's trendsetting work in the speculative fiction field from 1938 to 1950, particularly, that not only helped to expand the scope and imaginative boundaries of science fiction and fantasy but indelibly established him as one of the founders of what continues to be regarded as the genre's Golden Age.
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