Hot book or hoax?

Are the books of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, really hot sellers or are the author’s sales instead the result of loyal Scientologists buying up their icon’s fiction?

“If not the Hubbardites but the apostates and investigative reporters are to be believed, ‘Battlefield Earth’ was a required purchase, and another church scam.” says Salon Magazine.

Never mind, Yahoo is running a less critical rehash of a press release touting Hubbard’s “‘Battlefield Earth’ — the biggest single science fiction novel in electronic publishing.”

Uh huh.

But if Battlefield Earth was so good as a book why did it bomb at the box office as a movie? It ultimately won “Razzies” as the worst movie of the year.

Well, some books just don’t translate into good movies. Right?

But USA Today said, “[The script is] deeply dumb, depressingly derivative.”

Hey wasn’t the script based upon Hubbard’s story or what?


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