Operation Clambake

1) According to Scientology 'Publishers Weekly'(PW) is the 'bible'! Well, bible for what?
PW is a trade magazine and not a book review magazine!
2) If you check out the issue from PW at your local newsstand, you will recognize that the "review" section is called "FORECAST".
3) There is no name of the author of this "review" available! There is only an editor for Science-Fiction mentioned.
4) This "review" is most likely a PR message from Scientology (maybe sent via PR Newswire).
5) I keep it to journalists to check out if this book review was written by a staff member from PW or not!

Publishers Weekly
August 13, 1982
Editor of Science Fiction: Barbara A. Bannon

BATTLEFIELD EARTH: A Saga of the Year 3000

Although he’s best known today as the creator of Dianetics and Scientology, back in the 1930s and ‘40s, Hubbard was a leader among the crew of fast, versatile wordsmiths who produced the reams of copy needed to fill the pages of the pulps. In SF, he gained a reputation as a superlative storyteller with total mastery of plot and pacing. Now, after many years of inactivity, to celebrate his fiftieth anniversary as a writer, Hubbard has written what he calls a "pure science fiction" novel, epic in size and scope and as much fun as anything he ever wrote. Most of today’s readers are unfamiliar with his name and work, so perhaps it would be best to simply say that if you like Heinlein, you’ll like Hubbard. This novel reads like a cross between a Heinlein children’s book (and those are among his best works) and any number of works by Eric Frank Russell (who specialized in humans outsmarting seemingly invincible aliens).The situation is one so familiar, it could be called traditional: a brilliant, brave and athletic young man comes of age in the process of ridding Earth of a 1000-year-old alien occupation. This has everything: suspense, pathos, politics, war, humor, diplomacy and intergalactic finance. The prose is utilitarian and the characters are standard issue, but Hubbard keeps things moving so irresistibly that it doesn’t matter, and the 800 pages go by quickly. As Star Wars demonstrated, pulp still has its appeal. SF’s new, larger audience is about to discover an old master.
[October 5]