(Oppdatering: Jeg rota litt. Det var boka, og ikke filmen, som er gjenutgitt.)
Jepp, du leste riktig. Scientologikirken har gjenutgitt romanen Battlefield Earth (1982).
Tony Ortega har lagt ut litt knask fra slippefesten:
[Phil Jones, right, is told what a failure he is by Scientologists at yesterday’s event]
Hit by another tsunami of bad press, this time over the May publication of Ron Miscavige’s bestselling book Ruthless, Ron’s son, Scientology leader David Miscavige, is hitting back with his own grab for media attention — by bringing out a 34-year-old science fiction novel, L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth.
Yesterday, Hubbard’s literary agency Author Services Inc — staffed only by Scientologists — held a book launch event outside its building on Hollywood Boulevard that featured a crashed spaceship, characters from the novel, and even a band of soldiers in Scottish gear (it’s in the book).
Also on hand were a few Underground Bunker regulars, Fred G. Haseney and Brett Chance, who were filming as former Scientologist Phil Jones, of “Call Me” Billboard fame, approached the gathering to tell people about the fact that his daughter works at ASI, but he hasn’t seen her in five years because of Scientology’s “disconnection” policy that rips up families.
There to intercept them was Scientology Office of Special Affairs luminary Ed Parkin, wearing an ascot reminiscent of Hubbard himself, as well as a bizarre woman who did her best to “enturbulate” Phil about his failings as a Scientologist.
It was all caught on video, and Brett threw together an edited segment of it for us. We think you’re really going to find this interesting.