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Mission Earth Volume 1: The Invaders Plan (Mission Earth Series) Paperback – October 9, 2014
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Earth does not exist. . . . Or so they want you to believe. Who are they? What do they want? And who do they think they are? They are the Voltarians of Voltar—an empire 110 planets strong.
They are already among us. And the invasion is about to begin . . . in a hundred years or so. Or is it? The truth is far more sinister. Undercover, underground and out of sight, the invaders plan what may in fact be a massive diversion. In the darkest recesses of Voltar’s Coordinated Information Apparatus (otherwise known as the CIA), a tyrant of terror sets out to exploit the invasion in order to seize power. All that stands in his way is a planet that doesn’t exist.
Discover a world where corporations rule and political corruption is rife. Where governments are driven by oil and controlled by drugs. Where global warming is getting hotter by the minute . . . and a scorching love affair could determine the fate of millions. Where a cosmic conspiracy is about to hit home and the intergalactic intrigue knows no bounds.
They call it Blito-P3. We call it Earth.
You can’t afford to look the other way. It’s the end of the world as you know it . . . and the beginning of one of the most spectacular, thought-provoking, and wildly inventive works of science fiction and espionage of our time
“You will lose sleep. You will miss appointments. If you don’t force yourself to set it down and talk to your family from time to time, you may be looking for a new place to live. Reading The Invaders Plan is simply the most fun you can have by yourself.” —Orson Scott Card
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“Marvelous satire by a master of adventure.”—Anne McCaffrey
“A high energy series.” —Neil Gaiman
“I loved Mission Earth. The CIA will hate it. Hubbard has produced a real knee-slapper. . .Few writers have had the knack of making a serious philosophical point without ever stopping to preach, without ever slowing the action for an instant.” —Ray Faraday Nelson
“Hubbard not only broke all the rules but he blazed a new literary path when he completed the monumental 1.2-million-word Mission Earth in slightly less than eight months.” —William J. Widder
“This is transcendent science fiction, written with style and verve. A wonderful story.” —A.E. van Vogt
“L. Ron Hubbard’s Mission Earth series leaves no sacred cow untipped.” —Jim Marrs
“Mr. Hubbard has managed in this book to bring out things that were not always talked about in those days when he put pen to paper. But now are the most important issues on this earth. . . . He could look ahead into the future and what he's come up with is a fascinating story.” —Jim Dale
“A superbly imaginative, intricately plotted invasion of Earth.”—Chicago Tribune
“There is plenty of murder, conspiracy and sex to keep us occupied.”—Baltimore Sun
“A must buy.”—American Library Association
“A delicious read . . . as one would expect of an experienced pro.”—Washington Post
“An outrageous and wildly funny read.”—San Francisco Examiner
“This is tremendous stuff, written in smash-and-grab style that winds you with its energy.”—The Times London
“Wildly Satirical saga.”—Booklist
“A thriller packed with lust, laughs, adventure and murderous intrigue.”—Literary Guild
“The granddaddy of all series.”—Los Angeles Times
“Dynamic action.”—The Times London (United Kingdom)
“A 10-volume SF epic.”—Aphelion Science Fiction Magazine (Australia)
“The biggest science fiction story ever published.”—Profils Medico-Sociaux (France)
- Publisher : Galaxy Press, LLC; Reissue edition (October 9, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1619861747
- ISBN-13 : 978-1619861749
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 1.84 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.44 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #619,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jules Verne invented the atomic submarine/
Arthur C. Clark invented the communications satellite.
My old friend Frank Herbert invented Earth Day.
Piers Anthony gave me the idea for THE ULTIMATE COMPUTER VIRUS, on which I have blogged since 2010.
BUT IN JUST VOLUME ONE of INVASION EARTH, L. Ron Hubbard envisioned in 1985:
1. He invented the SMART WATCH
2. He envisioned the damnable spell checker screw ups possible from a robotic/universal translator.
3. He forecast CIA (Coordinated Information Apparatus) spying on the masses.
4. He explained how a bureaucracy can turn a $3 million appropriation into $300 million without batting an eye.
5. He projected the value of stem cells for personal regeneration.
6. He invented foot apparel that pulses light (those damnable blinking tennis shoes kids now wear)
7. He invented the ultimate city defense: Use a black hole to project the city 13 minutes into the future.
8. He invented detailed games (yet to be monetized).
9. He invented hi-tech party masks that print onto your face (yet to be monetized).
10. He invented musical instruments like the "chorder beat" (yet to be monetized).
Okay, I'm hooked. Smart guy, Hubbard. No wonder he started his own religion (and by the way, I'm a practicing Mormon and not a Scientology apologist).
I can't wait to absorb the follow-up books in the 10-volume set.
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As for the story! Well, what can I say… Satirical science-fiction at its best. The first volume is dedicated to the preparations by an alien race (the Voltarians) to invade Earth all seen through the eyes of a Coordinated Intelligence Apparatus (CIA) agent hell-bent on doing his bit to prevent any success.
The entire book is written as a laugh-out loud or quietly grinning or cringing satire taking VERY REAL current issues – including the works of the CIA - political situations, defence and security situations, work place and cultural issues and so on, and weaving them throughout the story. A fantastic portrait of what is actually happening in our current world. And perhaps highlighting the key question: Are we all too blind to notice it? Or do we notice it but choose to ignore it as being too unpalatable to tackle?
PS: For anyone who has felt that every time they were doing well in life or at work, someone tried to do them in, this series is for you! I think you will recognise the very type of individuals who have been making your life a misery…
So glad I have access to these on Kindle, I first set about reading them around 20 years ago, and, inexplicably, the local library only had the first 7. (In fairness, inter-library loans could've sorted that, but I was young and foolish then...)
So I've gone back to the beginning. I vividly remember being utterly bewildered by this book upon first reading it, it was quite unlike any sci-fi I'd read before. As many reviewers have pointed out, it does have an uneven, at times painfully slow, pace, but it's worth persevering with, I promise.
The story focuses on the main protagonist and his efforts to set up "Mission Earth", which he needs to both succeed AND fail.
Most of the comedy comes from very shrewd observation of the human condition, as interpreted through the eyes of the alien invaders. It should also be mentioned, perhaps, that the 'Earth', and humanity, in question here is a damning caricature of the one we know and love.
I can't recommend enough that you give this a go, especially at the Kindle price. As another reviewer has suggested, you ought not to be put off by the author's legendary notoriety, and approach this with an open mind. I think you'll at least chuckle at the misadventures of the, quite deluded, Soltan Gris.
Not very well edited and epic in length - Part one of 10 volumes but worth a read on the kindle as you won't find these in many book stores anymore.