Who inspires you?
Both write fiction which is taken pretty much literally by their devotees. Obviously Mr Hubbard's ideas have gained more traction over the years but why?
Which author has a place in the real world? Everyone likes a story but why do these two create such passion in their followers?
That actually depends on if what you are talking about is his fiction writing, of which he did a fair amount, or what is considered his non-fiction philosophical work. If you are Battlefield Earth (The book is actually fairly good, the movie....not so much.) or his Dekology, they are all clearly fiction and labeled as such. So is his earlier short stories and pulp fiction for which you can find easy references should you wish to do so. He is most known for Dianetics and Scientology. The books about both are technically not fiction no matter what you think of them.
John Norman mostly wrote science fiction novels. Those are by nature fiction. He also wrote one western and one of the earliest books on sexual role play for couples which while it contains example scenarios for them to use is non-fiction. So are his professional philosophical and professional writing.
You are wrong that Goreans take his books literally. We all know what they are and what is real and what is fiction. We also have a good idea which parts are philosophy and which are narrative fiction.
By the way....trolling Goreans never turns out well for the trolls. Some of us have been reading the books for as long or longer than you have been alive. The first Gor book was published 50 years ago last summer. It is older than Start Trek (by a few months) and older than the term BDSM (not some of the activities) by years. There are few things, if any, you can come up with we haven't countered many times before and so far, on that count, your score is the predictable zero. The chances of you making it to one new thing, given what you have written so far, are not worth the time to place the bet, let alone the money to do so. Yawning would be a more productive use of my time. <grins>
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