Saturday night, we had the good fortune of having a tour come to town from Author Services – the organization that acts as the literary agent for L. Ron Hubbard’s works.
In the Chapel of the Founding Church of Scientology, we got not only a briefing about what Author Services has been doing – what with the release of the incredible Stories From a Golden Age books & audiobooks, and the incomparable Writers of the Future Competition, but we also got treated to a live performance of the sci-fi short story entitled “One Was Stubborn” by L. Ron Hubbard.
As a first primer, in case you didn’t know, L. Ron Hubbard was one of the most prolific authors during the golden age of the pulps, an era during the 1930’s and 1940’s where instead of television, people turned to reading gripping short stories of all sorts as their common form of entertainment.
Author Services has recently released the full cache of L. Ron Hubbard’s short stories – both as quite excellent illustrated books, but also as high-quality audiobooks. It’s the audiobooks that I, personally, have been most fond of – as they’re all told by not a single voice, but by multiple actors and replete with outstanding sound effects. You can get a sample of some of them, including the one we saw live.
The story centers around a fellow named Old Shellback (above), who allegedly is the most stubborn old codger in the entire universe. When a charismatic (yet slimy) religious leader dubbed “the Messiah” comes along to try to convince everyone that the world exists only by mutual agreement and calls for its end, objects start to disappear.
The story goes from there – one that I found quite entertaining, but even more so due to the excellent performance we were treated to.