First stage of Earth recovery

In Part 12 of Battlefield Earth, the men take their first step in their plan to defeat the invaders from “Psychlo.”

Key to the operation was the “transhipment” of a cargo of nuclear bombs – hidden in caskets of dead employees – hoping to blow the home planet to kingdom come.

In order to prevent the nuclear bombs from blowing up on Earth by mistake, the bombs had to be armed at the very last minute, when the “transhipment” was irreversible. This was our hero’s job, and as with every step in the story, he pulled it off, with difficulty, at the very last minute.

After many harrowing problems, the author gives us a break, and describes the work of the Scottish-led “World Federation for the Unification of the Human Race.”

By Part 15 we are well-introduced to Hubbard’s ideas about how to bring peace to a world – and universe – all too “human.” A Russian introduces one important aspect of this towards the end of this part: Put rival groups in charge of each other’s “defense” bases. Then if someone tries to use an installation for offensive purposes, chances were that the personnel would be being asked to fire on their own people, and refuse!

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