L. Ron Hubbard
"You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion."—L. Ron Hubbard
Lafayette Ronald Hubbard was born March 13, 1911, and became first a sailor, then a writer for pulp magazines. He turned to longer work in 1937 with Buckskin Brigades, and was prolific there as elsewhere. He died January 24, 1986, but if certain sources are to be believed, he reincarnated sometime around 2007... See why this entry has been so neutral and bland so far?
Hubbard founded Scientology, otherwise known on this wiki as the Church of Happyology, and for better or worse it strongly influenced his writing and responses to it in three ways: 1) he tended to work it into his later books, sometimes bluntly; 2) the followers who automatically bought his books made him Critic Proof; and 3) the sheer strength of the Hatedom that has sprung up around him, combined with the vehemence of his followers, has rendered it almost impossible to judge his work objectively, although some have tried (not to mention made the mere mention of his name into Flame Bait).
On a lighter note, Hubbard currently[when?] holds Guinness world records for most books published (1,084) and most languages his books have been translated into (71).
- Money, Dear Boy: According to Robert Heinlein whom Hubbard was friends with, a lot of Hubbard's sci-fi books were churned out for paychecks. In fact, Hubbard was well known as a go to guy for churning out pulp sci-fi stories on demand when a publisher needed one.
- Space Opera: In fiction and in his religion.
- Writer on Board: Particularly on the subject of clinical psychology/psychiatry, which he strongly disapproved of. His ten-volume Mission Earth series also contains veiled and not-so-veiled attacks on homosexuals, governments, corporations, academia, public relations, and various other groups. At times, it veers into Author Tract.