Science Fiction smackdown: L. Ron Hubbard, the pith helmet-wearing 'pipsqueak Prometheus' - 2016-02-16

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F347.png Science Fiction smackdown: L. Ron Hubbard, the pith helmet-wearing 'pipsqueak Prometheus' February 16, 2016, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

(Hubbard in pith helmet, Puerto Rico, 1932)

Yesterday, we had fun exhuming L. Ron Hubbard's bad science fiction by looking at a telling 1940 short story, "One Was Stubborn." In it, Hubbard's main character, Old Shellback, reveals that the downfall of the United States would come as a result of nefarious religious cults protected by tax exemption. Spooky, right?

Well, continuing with the subject of Hubbard's fiction, we have been sent a gift by one of our readers. It's the full original edition of author William Blackbeard's damning analysis of Hubbard's work, published just as Dianetics was coming out in May 1950.


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