L. Ron Hubbard

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Other  |  House: Abandoned

An example of what crazy stuff me and my friends talk about.

“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, they still 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: January 31, 2021

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JE Falcon aka JEF

And then there is Mary Baker Eddie.

Sun, January 31st, 2021 11:56pm


I bet if you mention that name to most people they would have to do what I just did Google it. Maybe in a few years Hubbard will be the same way, but right now you mention his name to most people and they think Scientology.
I do want to thank you for reading and commenting.

Sun, January 31st, 2021 4:49pm


I must admit I liked the end of this story.

Tue, February 2nd, 2021 5:24am


I could take this two ways: 1 you liked the story finally ended and you didn't have to read anymore of the insane things me and my friends talk about when drinking. 2. You thought the end was good and maybe, possible want to see what we said about Michael Moorecock. I'm going to believe you meant option 2. I may someday post what we said about Moorecock.

Thank you for reading and commenting.

Sat, February 6th, 2021 3:24am

Danni Lee

Alex, I love the truth and I think you captured it here. Thank you.

Thu, February 4th, 2021 12:56am


I don't want to start my own religion, but you have to give Hubbard respect because the man did it.

Sat, February 6th, 2021 3:33am

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