A Matter of Matter (2008) #97

L. Ron Hubbard was one of the more prolific writers of the pulp era. His work spanned through many genres, everything from Romance to Westerns to Science Fiction. In this collection, we find some of his Golden Age SF stories, all of which give a great window into the storytelling of the 1930s and 1940s. Gear up for adventure with daring spacemen, time-traveling soldiers, and more. 


Book description:

A Matter of Matter is a collection of short stories written by L. Ron Hubbard, originally published in various pulp magazines, and compiled into part of the Golden Age collection from Galaxy Books in 2008.


A man buys a planet from a huckster and sets off to colonize the world on his own. A galactic hero is venerated after being told he is a liar and then exposed as the real deal. Terraformers drink their way through the job. And a soldier is transported to ancient Rome into the games of the colosseum. Adventure stories from the Golden Age of Science Fiction.

Praise and critiques:

If you are looking for hard science fiction this book will not be for you. But if you are looking for fun stories with larger than life characters, insane situations, and pure entertainment, then this book is for you. The stories in this collection take you all over the world, and other worlds, and at times are absurdly funny. I wasn’t expecting so much humor in this book, so it was a wonderful surprise. The storytelling is fast-paced, self-aware, and enjoyable despite scientific inaccuracy and improbable plots. If you are looking for a fun easy read this book is for you, and you will most likely tear through it in an afternoon. The collection is a great look into what storytelling was like back in the 30s and 40s when magazines were the primary form of entertainment and the public had an insatiable hunger for adventure stories. I enjoyed this collection and will most likely read Hubbard’s Greed next.


Fans of pulp-era science fiction and those interested in the early days of SF will enjoy this book.


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

3.5 of 5, ridiculous, and fun stories.

Reviewed by:

Jean-Paul Garnier
Jean-Paul Garnier

Jean-Paul L. Garnier lives and writes in Joshua Tree, CA where he is the owner of Space Cowboy Books.

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