I just found this site in my search to try and find a book I read many years ago (pre 1985?). I still remember it, especially the ending. Basically, it's about aliens having conquered earth and enslaving humans for years. Our hero fights for liberation, which I don't remember much of, but I do remember that he wins in the end by utilizing Alien technology against them. He places an A-bomb on the transport platform and sends it back to the alien's home planet where it detonates and destroys the aliens. Any ideas?

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    Did it really, really suck? If so, then it was probably Battlefield Earth.
    – Beta
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 4:16
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    The book was an okay (not great), pulpy space opera. It was the movie that sucked. Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 5:41
  • The general idea of beaming bombs directly to their targets is used several times in SF, for instance in "Loophole" by Clarke, and "No War, or Battle's Sound" by Harrison.
    – SQB
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 8:47
  • It's also use in Kevin O'Donnell's ORA:CLE. Did the aliens have wings?
    – Joe L.
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 13:13
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    @SQB, not to mention Star Gate, the movie.
    – Dima
    Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 15:26

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This is L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth.
There was also a movie made from it, but you can not put a 1100 page book in a 2 hour movie.

book cover

  • That cover painting betrays spectacular anatomical ignorance! Commented Nov 17, 2014 at 20:38
  • Especially not when the book is crap to begin with. Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 18:06
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    @Shadur - I actually thought the book was quite amusing. Absolutely preposterous, of course, but as long as you can ignore the thinly veiled attacks on various groups (pyschiatrists, bankers) and the bizarre made-up science it's actually quite a fun read. Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 17:05
  • @Shadur crap??? The fact I remember this book almost 30 years after reading it proves the opposite. One of the best. Commented May 1, 2018 at 7:15
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    @shadowwizard Hubbard was a lousy writer and a worse con artist. There are plenty of crappy books I remember thirty years after first reading them, mostly because when I read them when I was younger, stupider and had worse tastes in literature than I do now. Commented May 1, 2018 at 11:20

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