Editorial Reviews. Review. This is the first of E. E. “Doc” Smith’s six Lensman books, and although it isn’t as fast-paced as later Lensman novels. Triplanetary (The Lensman Series Book 1) – Kindle edition by E. E. Smith. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. This is the first of E. E. “Doc” Smith’s six Lensman books, and although it isn’t as fast-paced as later Lensman novels, it sets the stage for what is perhaps the.

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In-universe, the Lensmen seem triplwnetary regard this as an even more insidious danger than the Space Pirates attempting to assault them from without. I can honestly say that. All this activity was in the interest of turning it into an explanatory prelude to the original form of Smith’s “Lensman” series, which ran in the science fiction magazine “Astounding” during the late s and s and was enormously popular.

I understand that this is important in the sci-fi canon, and that it was a precursor to many other sci-fi developments. Jul 19, Karl Kindt rated it really liked it Shelves: But the whole mess between Triplanetary the human alliance and these amphibian aliens could have been avoided, triplanetzry someone just stopped for a moment and talked about the abundance of iron resources available in the asteroid belt.

One weapon that eventually becomes standardized for both sides is the “free planet” – a small, rocky, generally otherwise-useless planetoid given a network of inertialess drives so that it can be dragged off wherever needed, then turned loose to seriously wreck someone’s day.

But I can’t really pretend that it was very good. He added 6 new chapters, doubling it in size and it’s really a different book from the serialized novel, being published 14 years after the first. Kinnison, while disguised as Major Gannel, arranged for this to happen to tiplanetary. Among Boskone and their controllers, e. Reading this book is like experiencing Star Wars in novel form in the s. For reasons I no longer lenmsan, I got rid of these books at some point, probably lensmaj a house move when I was trying to de-clutter.


Therein, for me, lies the problem. Realistic sounding nonsense; 3.

Open Preview See a Problem? Roger has lenxman technology, including a moon-sized starship base, and an army of human-like robots. And it doesn’t stop there: It’s a really, really fun read from first page to last. Views Read Edit View history. This is military-type, space-opera SF at its pulpy best.

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While a lot of it is cheesy and thin compared to works of today, I enjoy the over-the-top action, and lack of concern lensma scientific accuracy. I must say leneman this, the first of Doc Smith’s Lensmen series, was something of a disappointment. Please see your browser settings for this feature. Their relationship amounts to Costigan saying things like, “Well, twenty-three skiddoo, you’re the bees knees! If you want pulp-era space opera, this is what you read.

Virginia Samms is disqualified from being a Lensman for this reason, and she says that there will one day be a woman Lensman, but she’ll be an absolute freak of nature.

Lists with This Book. A peace is negotiated and the Lsnsman are forced to acknowledge humans as equals. All the problems are resolved through the use of some obscure gadget tiplanetary of actual logic or effort. Schuyler Millerreviewing the edition, praised the novel as the opening of “an epic which has no parallel in science fiction”. Human military is therefore annihilated on first encounter. Westminster, MD and Baltimore: Wow, grandpa was right!

At one point, the hero manages to create a toxic gas the aforementioned fictional “Vee-Two” capable of wiping out entire cities from the random stuff in his prison cell. However, this book isn’t trying to be a nuanced and thought-provoking tale; it is simply striving to teiplanetary entertaining escapism.

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Atomic powerplants around the galaxy have for many years been exploding, turning triplanetzry all-consuming, all-polluting, inexorably-growing fireballs that defy analysis, explanation or control.

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.

Smith was reportedly delighted to be called on this, because it meant his fans were paying attention. This review is for any modern reader who didn’t grow up reading pulp fiction from the ‘s. ttriplanetary


One genetic line is surnamed “Kinnison” or some close variation. He has the one-cento coin mounted in a thousand-credit frame and presented to the librarians who won the bet for him.

Witness this description of defensive rockets: They can even see things like the innermost components of shielded power reactors. Another big problem is the magical technology.

He did telepathically absorb practically all of the memories and skills of the Thralian officer he was replacing, and unknowingly had the Arisians filling in the blanks where he couldn’t. These late revisions of “Triplanetary” and the rest of the series involved a major change in the presentation of the stories.

Triplanetary, First in the Lensman Series

This is not coincidental. Like space is filled with “aether. That you may learn and appreciate that fact is one reason why you are living at this present moment. They eventually settle on humans. Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Of the five Children of lendman Lens, Christopher. The rest of this review can be found elsewhere.