by Anthony Lane
Here's a thought, 'Taking the very very sane person in present time, one would mark a decline of his sanity by a shift from an interest in present time to an overwhelming interest in the future which would decline into considerable planning for the future in order to avoid bad things happening in it.' Those are the words of the late L. Ron Hubbard, the author of more than dozen books of science fiction. The most famous is 'Battlefield Earth' which is se in the year 3000, and which has now been made into a motion picture.
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Some of the better parts
'The Psychlos have a huge hairy dome at the rer of their heads and a mass of dreadlocks at the front. They look like the love children of Bob Marley & Dusty Springfield.'
He refers to L. Ron 'departing the body', then says, 'Speakng as one who departed his mind about 20 minutes into "BE", I must confess myself baffled. For a start, the picture is surprisingly violent. I am aware, of course, of L. Ron's warning that 'when you start to introduce order into anything, disorder shows up and blows off',....love it when he quotes Hubby.
He apparently knows agood bit about Scn, talks about Clear and engrams, quotes Hubbard extensively.
Also says, 'by this time the movie theatre was resounding to the howls of low-toned mockery and the ominous clap of seats flipping back up...'
'the one thing that could dent the armor-plated cause of Scientology is the sound of global derision.'
He ends with another L. Ron quote, 'People are the victims of their own flinch', as L. Ron so eautifully put it, and Battlefied Earth may be a flinch too far.
YEAH! Not one of Lane's funnier reviews, but a good one.