L. Ron Hubbard

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A weird discussion I had with a friend.

“Who is the greatest writer of all time?”

The question took me completely by surprised. I was over my friend’s house having a couple beers and talking about “The Wheel of Time” series by Robert Jordan when he suddenly throws that at me. I took a sip of my beer to give myself time to think. King would probably be the name that pops into a lot of people’s minds at this point. Maybe Shakespeare, you do study his plays in school.

“I’m not sure, there are so many great writers, it really is too hard to pick one.”

“L. Ron Hubbard.”

I nearly choked on the sip of beer I had just taken.

“Hubbard, seriously? Yeah Battlefield Earth is good, but that is the only one I think is any good.”

“Hubbard created a religion dude. Think about it he is a sci-fi fantasy writer and he creates a religion.”

“You mean that Scientology cult?”

“Call it a cult if you want but in many ways they are more powerful then the Catholic Church.”

“So you think simply because he got a bunch of morons to believe some made up crap that he is the greatest writer ever?”

“A shit ton of morons and just take a minute to think about this. Here is this guy that writes science fiction and fantasy and he suddenly says this is the holy truth. He publishes a bunch of books on it and suddenly people start believing. They don’t go “dude this is just another of your sci-fi fantasy stories”, no they buy into it. They kneel down and worship, well whatever they worship but the point is his religion has thousands if not millions of followers. If only half the rumors about the kidnappings, brainwashing and other stuff is true it is still crazy.”

I took another sip of my beer as a tried to process what he was saying.

“So since he made a religion he should be considered the greatest writer of all time?”

“Yeah exactly. Yeah King has his fans and Shakespeare is super famous, but neither of them ever wrote something so good that they had thousands buy into it. It is like the Orwells guy’s radio broadcast.”

“You mean the radio broadcast of The War of The Worlds.”

“Yeah that one. Has people panicking, even heard some people killed themselves over a radio broadcast. Hubbarad has topped that by having people who don’t even believe in Scientology doing what him and his church wants.”

“Don’t tell me you are thinking of joining them?”

“Hell no, they are a bunch of nutters.”

I finished my beer and grabbed another one.

“Michael Moorecock now that guy had a name that just screamed porn star don’t you think?”


Submitted: October 24, 2020

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Steven P. Pody

Interesting and compelling point. This is really a good case of "The proof is in the pudding." Agatha Christie is the 3rd most published author, after the Bible and Shakespeare, but Hubbard - per your observational story - actually launched many thousands of people into life-changing activity. Shoot, if he could write well enough to move such mountains - he was certainly a prose force not to be taken lightly! It is true, the actual validity of his work is beside the point. Good, thought-provoking narrative.

Sat, October 24th, 2020 7:30am

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The big problem is that in a hundred years Hubbard won't truly be remembered for his stories but as the man who created Scientology. He wasn't a bad writer but now when ever his name is brought up the first thing people think of is Scientology even many who have read his books.

Sat, October 24th, 2020 8:09am

Serge Wlodarski

Funny story. No one could turn a 300 page story into a thousand pages like Hubbard.

Sat, October 24th, 2020 12:59pm

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He was a great writer, but now he will be remembered as the founder of Scientology and in a hundred years most people won't even remember that he ever wrote stories.

Sat, October 24th, 2020 8:10am

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