First Lensman E. E. Smith downloads; Triplanetary E. E. Smith downloads · The Skylark of Space E. E. Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby downloads. You’ll be fine to start with Galactic Patrol, and in fact if you start with Triplanetary ( as I did, many years ago) you’ll get confused when you get to. Book Series: Skylark (4) · Lensman (6). Edward Elmer Smith, also known as E.E. “Doc” Smith, was an early science fiction author who is sometimes referred to.

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He failed then, but the books somehow remained with me, always hovering at the edge of my consciousness. Aug 25, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: However, they also began writing additional material. I plan to read more of the series, not least because I have the whole stack sitting on my shelf at home, but I didn’t feel as if this was a great introduction. Lists with This Book. Cosmic Conflict In Triplanetary, battle is joined for the control of the universe.

The rest of this review can be found elsewhere. Pisceans have some kind of evil ray gun that divests enemy fleets of their ferrous properties, including hemoglobin. For one thing, some of the new short stories were rather weak — although I think a couple of them contain some of Smith’s better writing.

The series has been adapted into the board wargames Lensman and Triplanetary. I’d like to give E. The women are strong and intelligent, too – strong enough to tell the men off for being overly macho with a glint in their eyes that says how much they love it really and smart enough to know that they should let the menfolk go off to do their duty while they stay behind to make sure the home is looked after.

And, for those who think I rated Triplanetary too low, please recognize my protest that if I were rating the last part of the book it would have been, at least, four stars.


A mysterious barrier, hanging unseen in space, turned back all ships. I think I’ll dooc the rest of the lensmaster series for braver souls to read.

They fight on both physical and mental levels, wielding weaponry of inconceivable destructiveness. May 19, Jeff Stockett rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s been pointed out by others that this book hasn’t aged well, and maybe that’s my problem with it.

Grampa, you were so right! Three additional Lensmen novels that feature the alien Second-Stage Lensmen known as the Second-Stage Lensman Trilogy were written by David Kylepublished in paperback between and and reissued in In order to survive the attack they rotate into the 4th dimension and a The two powerful races that start the story in epically dense prosethe Eddoreans and the Arisians, encapsulate the ethos perfectly.

Chronological order Series by cover. That’s pretty much the style of the series, and certainly of this first book retrofitted to the series when novelized – you’ll never be in much doubt as to whom to root for.

Are there any spoilers to the later books in the prequels? It was a surprise.

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I’ll follow you to the end of time, oh! And I know not everyone wrote like that back in that day and age, smitb don’t feed me the “His writing was a product of smifh time” line. Smith took an early short novel, fromwhich provides the cover title, dusted it off, revised it to serve as Book Three, and fitted it with preludes in the form of Book One “Dawn” and Book Two “The World War”each of which contained three short stories.

Did I finish this? Lensman series Novel series Science fiction book series Lists of fictional planets Space opera novels Novels adapted into comics American novels adapted into films. Triplanetary deserves its place in the history of the genre for the innovative approach at the time and because serialized space operas pulps were a very popular form of science fiction in its beginnings.


Government is good and always acting for the best. Why didn’t anyone think of that?

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No idea what all that snith Nutshell: But Smith has no time to think about the niceties of astrophysics; he’s got an SF epic to write, and he needs lots of planets for his cool aliens to live on! What order would you advise after Galactic Patrol?

I think it was the combining Lovecraftian and Cold War elements into the same novel.

Triplanetary was published inwith revisions by Smith to make it a prequel to the Lensman series, but was originally serialized in Amazing Stories magazine in This offends his complex religious sensibilities, and arguably for the wrong reasonhe concludes that the “near-miss” theory is incorrect.

As always, Doc had worked it out in great detail, but never so far as I know wrote it down I tried to read Triplantary when I was younger, and gave up on the book pretty quickly. There’s an attractive simplicity to that. Somewhere among the galaxies was the stronghold o… More. And because it’s laughable, I kind of enjoy the campiness of it all.


I just started reading the series again a week ago and have ripped through to The Children of the Lens” already. The aliens were surprisingly well-thought-out. The Arisians further promise him that no entity unworthy of the Lens will ever be permitted to wear it, but that he and his successors will have to discover for themselves most of its abilities. It’s something we can stand to dream about again now.