The Heinlein Letters: What L. Ron Hubbard's close friends really thought of him - 2014-11-08
A couple of weeks ago, we looked at a 1949 letter written by L. Ron Hubbard which hasn't received a lot of attention before. Russell Miller paraphrased the letter in his 1987 book Bare-Faced Messiah, but the full text of the letter has never been published in a book or news article, as far as we know.
In it, Hubbard wrote to his friend Forrest Ackerman about the work he was doing on what would become Dianetics, the 1950 book that would change Hubbard's fortunes and eventually lead him to create Scientology.
But Hubbard sounded far from a man about to become "mankind's best friend" and a great humanitarian who was setting out to improve the human race.