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 ยท 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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Series: Lensman: Chronological order

It’s just not possible for me, the adult, to betray me, the child, by giving this and the rest of the Lensman series anything less than 5 stars. 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. I assumed that classic was synonymous with quality but this is not the case.

The Lensman [series] was left unfinished. If you’re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

seriew 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. Michael Straczynskithe creator of Babylon 5confirmed that Howard had acquired the rights and also hinted that he was involved in the project.

Space pirate Roger has invented completely new tech and built a space navy full of robots, without anyone noticing?

First Lensman was written in to act as a link between Triplanetary and Galactic Patrol and finally, in the years up toSmith revised the rest of the series to remove lenskan between the original Lensman chronology and Triplanetary. The things SF writers feel they need to explain! Crazy, good, fun stuff.


Books by Smith, E. E. (Edward Elmer) (sorted by popularity) – Project Gutenberg

Realistic sounding nonsense; 3. Later on, we get faster-than-light travel by means of the “inertialess drive”, and Smith hardly even bothers to whitewash it.

There has always been, and will always be, the problem of surviv Now it was all set out from the beginning. Most science fiction I read is from the last couple of decades, and none of it is even remotely as action-packed as Triplanetary. For instance, spaceships in Doc Smith’s world run on allotropic iron. Centuries pass, and eventually the final generations of the breeding program are born.

Although newly adult, they are now expected to be more competent than the Arisians and to develop their own techniques and abilities “about which we [the Arisians] know nothing”.


And then a third of the way through the book, we’re in space opera territory; our heroes are kidnapped by space pirates, re-kidnapped by an amphibian race, themselves under attack by other forces: Fish with brains, waging war! Second Stage Lensmen Kim Kinnison, Number One man of his time, had faced challenges before – but rarely one as daunting as this.

Admire them for their influence on later, better works, but please don’t feel deries to actually read them. 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.

The space battles are actually numerous and exciting. Because of its place as a classic on many sci-fi lists and its significance as an early sci-fi read and the first space opera, it gets an extra star and winds up with 2 instead of 1. Master-minded by smihh super-scientist, their conque 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 seriea 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.


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. Or a compromise order: I got more than halfway done, which I think was an accomplishment, considering the writing. He barely has emotions, save for lecherous appetites towards Clio.

Sep 23, Jaime rated it it was ok.

Lensman Series by E.E. “Doc” Smith

By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. Paperbackpages.

A character is locked in a room. The stories were apparently standalones to begin with, but rewritten and retconned into his big lensmaster series to cash in. And the Kindle e-book is free! Chronicles of the Lensmen, Volume 2 by E.