A Golden Age Master writes a best-selling
science fiction epic of compelling suspense, action and drama.
Ron Hubbard's remarkable writing career spanned more than half
a century of intense literary achievement and creative influence.
Though he was first and foremost a writer, his life
experiences and travels in all corners of the globe were wide
and diverse. His insatiable curiosity and personal belief that
one should live life as a professional led to a lifetime of extraordinary
accomplishment. He was also an explorer and ethnologist, mariner,
pilot, filmmaker, photographer, philosopher, educator, composer
up in the rugged frontier country of Montana, Ron broke his first
bronc and became the blood brother of a Blackfoot Indian medicine
man by the age of ten. In 1927, when he was sixteen, he traveled
to a still-remote Asia. The following year, to further satisfy his
thirst for adventure and augment his growing knowledge of other
cultures, he left school and returned to the Orient. On his trip,
he worked as a supercargo and helmsman aboard a coastal trader that
plied the seas between Japan and Java. He came to know old Shanghai,
Beijing and the western hills at a time when few Westerners could
enter China. He traveled more than a quarter of a million miles
by sea and land while still a teenager and before the advent of
commercial aviation as we know it.
He returned to the United States in the autumn of 1929 to complete
his formal education. He entered The George Washington University
in Washington, D.C., where he studied engineering and took one of
the earliest courses in atomic and molecular physics. In addition
to his studies, he was the secretary of the Engineering Society
and president of the Flying Club, and wrote articles, stories and
plays for the university newspaper. During the same period he also
barnstormed across the American Midwest and was a national correspondent
and photographer for the Sportsman Pilot magazine, one of
the most distinguished aviation publications of its day.
Returning to his classroom of the world in 1932, he
led two separate expeditions, the first being the Caribbean Motion
Picture Expedition, sailing on one of the last of America's four-masted
commercial ships, and the second, a mineralogical survey of Puerto
Rico. His exploits earned him membership in the renowned Explorers
Club and he subsequently carried their coveted flag on two more
voyages of exploration and discovery. As a master mariner licensed
to operate ships on any ocean, his life-long love of the sea was
reflected in the many ships he captained and the skill of the crews
he trained. He also served with distinction as a U.S. naval officer
during the Second World War.
All of thisand much morefound its
way into his writing and gave his stories a compelling sense of
authenticity that has appealed to readers throughout the world.