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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His voices of the aliens sounded like cartoon voices; you know the kind – f The first part of this book made no sense to me, a series of vignettes or episodes: Shelve Children of the Lens. Masters of the Vortex Some say f happens after Children of the Lens but most say that it happens between Second Stage Lensman and Children of the Lens which is my opinion.

I understand that this is important in the sci-fi canon, and that lennsman was a precursor to many other sci-fi developments. If you want pulp-era space opera, this is what you read. The final and most substantial story is a messy space saga with a contrived mix of space pirates, iron craving fish aliens and a ridiculous reliance on deus ex machina. La saga dei Lensmen by Edward Elmer Smith.

I loved how it shaped hu I really liked this book. They even drain the iron from buildings, spaceships, and human blood.

Triplanetary (Lensman, #1) by E.E. “Doc” Smith

Subspace Explorers Subspace Encounter. The Arisians make it known that if Samms, the head of the Triplanetary Service, visits the Arisian planetary system he will be given the tool he needs to build the Galactic Patrol. I could have sworn that shears and pressors and the inertialess drive took much longer to emerge, but they all come in right in this first book, seemingly developed over a matter of weeks by geniuses who need only one look at an enemy’s polycyclic shield to immediately understand both its foundational principles, and the technology needed to go it one better.


The Arisians add their own tremendous mental force to this. As the breeding program nears its conclusion, humans are selected as the best choice; at the same time, the breeding programs of the other three planets are terminated, and their penultimates never meet their planned mates. This isn’t done very successfully, especially in the first few where it all seems very tacked on.

The action escalates so highly and so quickly that the reader becomes desensitized. People curious about early science fiction.


In a funny sort of way, the characterisation of this book reminded me of that in E. So, ” 0 prequel ” sorts by 0 under the label “prequel. 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 inconsistencies between the original Lensman chronology and Triplanetary. That order should be 1 Galactic Skith centuries after First Lensman. Jan dox, Corytregoart rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I won’t be reading any more of E.

I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone who didn’t like or want to understand ‘Campbellian’ SF. I’m content to leave these relics in the museum of sci-fi history. The swamping of Atlantis, the fall of Rome, the wars that rack the world and blaze through space – all may seem historical accidents to the men involved, but each in reality is a move in a savage universe-wide power struggle The good guys practically wear white hats, perfect physical and mental specimens that could adorn a recruitment poster for the US Army or the Wehrmacht.

For you will find yourself experiencing the Golden Age of science fiction in which Doc Smith was the most popular author. This review is for any modern reader who didn’t grow up reading pulp fiction from the ‘s. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.


The first part of this book made no sense to me, a series of vignettes or episodes: Particularly amusing was the fact that Smith visualized a modern video game move long before it appeared in Quake. Shelve Second Stage Lensmen. The negotiations were for an month renewable option.

Series: Lensman: Chronological order

To ask other readers questions about Triplanetaryplease sign up. This didn’t make sense to me, since Tolkien’s work isn’t sci-fi, it’s fantasy, but whatever. Gharlane ee Eddore occupies several nasty elnsman, including Nero Wikipedia claims he is Hitler during the section of the sjith that takes place during World War Swries, but Hitler is never mentioned in Triplanetary.

Archived from the original on February 24, The space battles are actually numerous and exciting. I’d like to give E. It didn’t entice me to read further into the series. The rest of this review can be found elsewhere. However, they also began writing additional material. Honestly, I can see why this book would have been great in the thirties and even fifties, but right now it’s borderline unreadable. Kimball Kinnison meets and marries the product of the complementary human breeding program, Clarissa MacDougall.

I assumed that classic was synonymous with quality but this is not the case. Most science fiction I read is from the last couple of decades, and none of it is even remotely as action-packed as Triplanetary.