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. First Lensman E. E. Smith downloads; Triplanetary E. E. Smith downloads · The Skylark of Space E. E. Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby downloads. by. “DOC” SMITH. The Lensman series. TRIPLANETARY FIRST LENSMAN GALACTIC PATROL GRAY LENSMAN SECOND STAGE LENSMAN CHILDREN OF.

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If you want pulp-era space opera, this is what you read. I just started reading the series again a week ago and have ripped through to The Children of the Lens” already.

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Reading order for the Lensman books Ask Question. Space pirate Roger has invented completely new tech and built a space navy full of robots, without anyone noticing? It is stated that this was the only thing the Arisians lnsman not have done by themselves, but without its accomplishment the Eddorians would have eventually turned the tide and beaten the Arisians.

The first few stories are alright taken as they are, an ancient Roman gladiator story, a war story, but not much SF to be found there. I read this because the third book in the series was nominated for the Retro Hugo s,ith.

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Although Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in October ofbreaking the sound barrier must still have been a big deal in when Smith published Triplanetary for the first time. It’s one I grew up with, several decades after its first appearance.

This Book is published by Historical Books Limited www. Open Preview See a Problem? Aug 25, Jim rated it liked it Shelves: But I read those as I’ve heard people rave about how Doc Smith’s work was one of the early space operas and that it influenced many later science fiction masterpieces.


Not so with Smith’s novel, Triplanetary. Smith told the stories with a vibrancy that left the reader breathless at the adventure and heroism, with enough scientific gobbledygook to instill a sense of wonder – silvery teardrop shaped spacecraft powered by and ‘intertia-less’ drive that could fling them out of the solar system in a matter of seconds, ray guns that dealt death to the bad guys but only after refusing the chance to change their ways, of course and the mighty Lenses – weapon, communication device and symbol of the Galactic Patrol’s righteous power, handed to humanity by the ancient peace-loving alien civilisation the Arisians to fight the evil Eddorians.

The hero uses a machine that makes the shuttle go faster so they escape.

Somewhere among the galaxies was the stronghold of Boskone, a network of brilliant interplanetary criminals, whose mania for conquest threatened the fut She’s just a swooning pretty girl who is constantly in need of rescue. The situation is even worse than that; Dr Smith originally set Galactic Patrol in a universe explicitly different from Dox. Print hardcover and paperback Audiobook.

Crazy, good, fun stuff. The Children of the Lens, together with the mental power of unknown millions of Lensmen of the Galactic Patrol, constitute the Arisians’ intended means to destroy the Eddorians and make the universe safe for Civilization.

As always, Doc had worked it out in great detail, but never so far as I know wrote it down Many many years ago my grandfather tried to interest me in E. Yet even were it all see Supposedly the granddaddy of all space opera, I was steered onto EE Doc’s series hoping to do find the great opus that inspired everything from Babylon 5 to the Green Lantern. After undergoing advanced training, they are described as “third-stage” Lensmen, transcending humanity with mental scope and perceptions impossible for any normal person.


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There has always been, and will always be, the problem of surviv This is the stuff that George Lucas grew up on. They see the many races in the universe, with which the Arisians were intending to build a peaceful civilization, as fodder for their elnsman. Shelve Children of the Lens.

I can’t wait to pick up First Lensman and keep reading! I am kind of surprised that so many people took this t Reading Bishop Barnes’s rather interesting Scientific Theory and Religion earlier this evening, I was reminded of E.

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Doc Lemsman 12 38 Jun 24, It’s not as easy to settle into that aspect of the book, but give Smith the benefit of his time, and focus more on the plot action, and you’ll get past it. He is sometimes called the father of space opera. Chronological order Series by cover 1—8 of 14 next show all.

Sounds like skipping the intro or finding an edition without it is definitely called for, then. As the breeding program nears its conclusion, humans are selected as the best choice; at the same time, the serkes programs of the other three planets are terminated, and their penultimates never meet their planned mates.

I’ve recently found out that the first two books in the series, Triplanetary and First Lensmanwere written as prequels.

Honestly, I can see why this book would have been great in the thirties and even fifties, but right now it’s borderline unreadable. He was so utterly heroic and devoted to Clio.

Huge fleets of spaceships fight bloody wars of attrition.

The prose is purple, the heroes are manly, the heroines are beautiful and emotional and smart and brave and strong.