L. Ron Hubbard explains to a friend the real reason he wrote 'Dianetics' - 2014-10-23

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F347.png L. Ron Hubbard explains to a friend the real reason he wrote 'Dianetics' October 23, 2014, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Forrest Ackerman In Russell Miller's 1987 book Bare-Faced Messiah - the best book ever written about Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard - there's a letter that Hubbard wrote to his friend Forrest Ackerman that Miller mentions briefly.

It was only recently, however, that we looked at the entire letter and realized how much Miller had left out of his book about it. In some ways, the 1949 letter is one of the most remarkable windows into what kind of a man Hubbard was, and we're surprised it isn't quoted more often.

In early 1949, Hubbard was working on what would become in May of 1950 his book Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. He would eventually get a lot of support on that project from his friends in science fiction, including John W. Campbell, editor of Astounding Science Fiction, who published a version of the material, "Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science" in Astounding's May 1950 edition.


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = L. Ron Hubbard explains to a friend the real reason he wrote 'Dianetics' | url = https://tonyortega.org/2014/10/23/l-ron-hubbard-explains-to-a-friend-the-real-reason-he-wrote-dianetics/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = October 23, 2014 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}