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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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Judge, Jury, and Executioner: A Bibliographic History, Therein, for me, lies the problem. One brother, four sisters, do the math. Even the ability to withstand another being’s telepathic attacks is as much down to willpower as innate ability. And I don’t much.

The Lenses, which kill anyone other than their owners who tries to wield them. The vast majority of Boskonia’s rank-and-file are unwitting pawns, totally in the dark about their state being run by a conspiracy of monstrous aliens. See the entry for Nadreck the Palainian under Magnificent Bastard.

The novel starts with a cruise ship attacked by space pirates led by a mysterious man known only as Roger. Smith’s Technobabble explanation of the impossibly stormy atmosphere of the planet Trenco pretty much ignores the laws of thermodynamics, and his calculations for the destructive power of his ultimate explosive Duodec are an elaborate joke in lensmann form of a mathematical formula. Heinlein’s apology for Smith covers most of the usual criticisms: This is what enables Clarissa to find and bring back Kinnison after he went through the Hell Hole and was trapped in a far off dimension that not even Mentor and the children could find.

He reports home to Earth scientists. This is attributed to all non-Eddorian life in the known universe sharing an ultimate ancestor the Lehsmanmeaning that species differentiation would lesnman produced only by evolving in different environments.

Smith was also capable of telling physics to take a hike when it suited the story.

Triplanetary (Lensman, book 1) by E E ‘Doc’ Smith

The Arisians and Eddoriansand even more so, Kimball Kinnison’s children. 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.


Clothes Make the Superman: And he’s not necessarily the worst. For the Second-Stage Lensmen they turned out just to be magic feathersas Second-Stage Lensmen are advanced enough to use mind powers on their own.

Triplanetary (Lensman, #1) by E. E. Smith – Risingshadow

After the original four novels of the Lensman series were published, Smith expanded and reworked Triplanetary into the first of two prequels for the series. Tropes A – G.

This book is something of a fix-up, and, as a result of how it was expanded, it is decidedly episodic. They need to get to the shuttle craft to escape.

Triplanetary, First in the Lensman Series

All of this makes for an agitating read full of overstimulus, like overdosing on cocaine or deciding, against all better judgement, that you should take the plunge off the 3 story tall water slide only to find that it wasn’t such a good idea just as your butt clears the drop. The science-fiction tradition of redheaded heroines may trace back to Heinlein, or it may trace back to Smith. The final chapter of Triplanetary tells of the discovery of the inertialess drive that trilanetary faster-than-light travel.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Triplanetary is a science fiction novel and space opera by American writer E. Human military is therefore annihilated on first encounter. It becomes a contributor to the Lensman ‘verse’s Future Slang by being the proverbial most stupid thing in existence that still counts as a trip,anetary creature. No, not ever, I’m afraid. He considers that mission a fiasco because he failed to get them to kill one another instead, and his species values self-preservation as much as those strange, warmblooded Tellurians value courage.

Kent State University Press. Roger is a danger because he has technology that borders on magic, like robots that look and act exactly like humans, invisible spaceships, triplanteary beams that can move objects from entire triplanetart to human beings.

At about the same time — within the same ten-percent margin of error, it is believed — practically all of the suns of both those galaxies became possessed of planets.


I got more than halfway done, which I think was an accomplishment, considering the writing. Oct 06, Carlex rated it liked it Shelves: She’s just a swooning pretty girl who is constantly in need of rescue. Or who get mind-controlled without realizing it. More generally, humans compared to other races of the Galaxy. Pan Star Wars all you want, but the original movie is both derived from the old Flash Gordon serials and a reworking of the trappings in a beautiful and brilliant “new” again, speaking relatively of time packaging.

Balance Between Good and Evil: Most of Gray Roger’s crew look outwardly identical to people, but given the setting’s lack of processing power, they’re effectively remote-controlled puppets. And their battleground is a tiny planet in a remote galaxy: I can’t look back on it and glory in the unintentional silliness of it all – the chauvinism, the absolutely terrible dialogue, and the deus ex machina and here, I mean literally “machine” that jerks the plot in unlikely directions and destroys pacing.

The people of Sol are much more than that, and prove it. I loved it, and still do.


Mentor of Arisia is actually a fusion of four different Arisian minds, a technique the Children of the Lens later learn for themselves. I also struggled, and I became what I am now – whatever it is. You Have Failed Me: Kimball Kinnison and Clarissa MacDougall’s first meeting produces some real fireworks, complete with mutual insults and name-calling. Super-atomic bombs which convert their entire rest-mass into energy, and duodecaplylatomate or “duodec,” for shortan extremely lennsman nuclear explosive described as “the quintessence of atomic destruction” and similar phrases.

While a lot of it is cheesy and thin compared to works of today, I enjoy the over-the-top action, and lack of trilanetary for ttiplanetary This review is for any modern reader who didn’t grow up reading pulp fiction from the ‘s.

My mind was blown when this book talked about the bombing of Pearl Harbor in