Before he became known as the founder of Scientology in the 80’s, L. Ron Hubbard was known as a very good (and prolific) science fiction writer. His 1982 science fiction novel, Battlefield Earth, simultaneously remains as one of my favorite science fiction novels of all time and the worst movie I have ever seen. At over 1,000 pages in print form, most people will be reading that one for a long time if they are up to the challenge. Seeing as how my paperback copy is creased and dog-eared after reading it several times over the last 25 years, I just bought it as a Kindle version as it is certainly worth the $3.82 in Kindle format. You can click here to see it or type in Battlefield Earth into your computer’s web browser.
However, I got off on a tangent as this blog is supposed to be about free, right? Here’s one by L. Ron Hubbard called The Dangerous Dimension that was offered for free for a very short period of time in September 2010, and is free again today and you can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing in http://amzn.to/fYX12L into your computer’s web browser. I read it last fall when it was offered for free and it is good from today’s science fiction perspective, but was considered really good when it was originally written in the 1930’s.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
Dr. Henry Mudge undergoes a striking personality change when he discovers a mathematical formula “Equation C” that defines a mysterious negative dimension. He is instantly transported to any location in the solar system by merely thinking of it–even when he doesn’t want to.
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