L. Ron Hubbard stands as among the world’s most enduring and widely read authors with over 325 million works in circulation, including international sales of some 50 million works of fiction.
In testament to the magnitude of his literary oeuvre and legacy, there are his four Guinness World Records: most published author, most translated author, the author with the most audiobook titles and the single most translated non-religious work.
While within even one genre—science fiction—L. Ron Hubbard’s stamp is both indelible and unmistakable. Consider, for example, his Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000. Described by science fiction legend A. E. van Vogt as an unqualified masterpiece, the 428,750-word epic was not only a sensational international bestseller, but the recipient of numerous international literary awards.
In addition to both the Academy of Science Fiction’s Saturn Award and a special Gutenberg Award as an exceptional contribution to the genre, the work has earned Italy’s Tetradramma D’Oro Award in recognition of the story’s inherent message of peace. It has since been published in scores of nations, translated into dozens of languages and serves as a model work in several colleges and universities.
And while Battlefield Earth marked Mr. Hubbard’s monumental return to fiction after an absence of thirty years, his 1.2 million word, ten-volume Mission Earth series is rightly considered as his magnum opus. A biting satire, it has not only drawn comparison to the likes of Jonathan Swift, but stands as a publishing phenomenon, with no less than seven volumes riding the bestselling hardcover lists at one time. Given its massive impact, Mission Earth was also the recipient of numerous literary awards, including France’s coveted Cosmos 2000 Award and Italy’s Nova Science Fiction Award. (Mr. Hubbard, incidentally, was the first non-Italian to receive the Nova.)
There is likewise all that Mr. Hubbard gave back as a ceaseless lobbyist on behalf of new writers—from his instructional articles for the aspiring author to his Writers of the Future Contest, now recognized as the most respected and significant forum for new talent in the field of speculative fiction.
And considering L. Ron Hubbard’s fifty-year career—from the heyday of the Golden Age of Fiction to his monumental return to fiction in the 1980s—it comes as no surprise that the National Federation of French Culture presented him with La Cravate d’Or avec Rosette, for outstanding achievements in the fields of the arts, sciences and literature. No less significant is his Laurier d’Or from the Comité Prestige d’Europe, in acknowledgment of his literary contributions and betterment of the French culture.
Moreover, and as one of the most acclaimed writers of this or any age, L. Ron Hubbard rightfully received the Writer of the Century Award from Mondadori Press, for the assistance his books have given to Mankind.
FURTHER SELECTION OF AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Presented below is a brief selection from the many awards and accolades L. Ron Hubbard received for his life’s work in the arts and letters: