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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Wow, grandpa was right! Due to being Loyal Phlebotinumand the nature of mind-to-mind contact, it also functions as an impossible-to-counterfeit badge of rankand a justification for Lensmen being incorruptible and thus able to operate above the law when necessary. Earth scientists manage to reverse-engineer alien technology in a couple of days? In a time when we are blessed with SFF characters who travel in shades of grey, it can be relaxing to return to a series where good is good, and that’s all there is to it.

The women are smart, plucky, and essentially decorative.

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Advanced embedding details, examples, and help! As the story begins, interplanetary commerce is plagued by pirates. Why are you hesitating? First Lensman has the planet Trenco, which has forty seven feet of rainfall each night, the worst electrical storms in known space, and wind velocities of over miles per hour. Some are actually genuinely good people who will fight fanatically against the forces of Civilization to their last breath — Because the very effective Boskonian propaganda machine has convinced them that Civilization is an evil empire out to enslave and exterminate their people.

An Axe to Grind: In “Children of the Lens” Kimball Kinnison wins ten millos in a side bet with his son. Costigan also has a talent for figuring out the details of how to operate, repair, and modify both alien technologies and alien social interactions with a brief observation.

After finishing this book, I still don’t know what a “lens” is in Doc Smith’s world, or how one might wield it. For one thing, they’re incredible telepaths. He comes out of retirement, taking a job in a munitions factory where his training in organic chemistry makes him a useful asset. Despite having done everything up to that point without it, Kim Kinnison makes sure he puts his on before duelling Thralian Prime Minister Fossten, and Kim’s teenage daughters materialise Lenses for themselves out of thin air when directing their share of the space combat at the Battle of Arisia.


Would be a Canon Sueexcept that Kinnison is ultimately defeated: A peace is negotiated and the Nevians are forced to acknowledge humans as equals.

Much later, the Triplanetary government of Earth, Mars, and Venus, deploys its immense fleet against pirates, but is devastated by a number of mysterious and unexpected opponents. Heinlein’s apology for Smith covers most of the usual criticisms: The crowd on planet Radelix in the movie features some rather surprising faces, including discolored cameos from Nezumi OtokoE. I read the most books of the Lensmen series 30 years ago.

Kim Kinnison pulls a neat trick when rehabilitating the drug-blasted mind of a young woman who had been hypnotised into being an enemy agent prior to biting an amnesia capsule when captured. When Boskonian worlds inhabited by human-like cultures are conquered, the Patrol initially imposes a sort of highly restricted pseudo-democracy loyal to Civilization, vaguely reminiscent of Adenauer’s West German government under American supervision after World War II in real life.

Triplanetary, First in the Lensman Series

Edward Elmer Smith also E. It’s triplanteary we can stand to dream about again now. Topics librivoxaudiobookscience fictionsci-fieugenicsdoc smith. Smith was reportedly delighted to be called on this, because lenskan meant his fans were paying attention.

The Patrol focuses its efforts on thionite, which is really nasty stuff and more importantly, whose dealers are part of the Triplanehary food chain. The final chapter of Triplanetary tells of the discovery of the inertialess drive that allows faster than light travel. Before the final battle in Children of the Lensone of the Kinnison girls is trying to chain-smoke, but is so wound up that she only manages one or two puffs before stubbing the cigarette out and lighting a new one.


The Lens amplifies psi power in humans, it does other things for other species some of whom are already naturally powerful psionically. Instead, the Lensmen rewrite the rules so that they are legally above the law.

Hired to Hunt Yourself: The series, assembled from initially-unconnected short stories in Astounding Stories magazine from onwards, details an trkplanetary battle between Good and Evil as personified by Civilization and their sponsors, Arisia and Boskone and their sponsors, Eddore.

This conflict is complicated by the arrival of the technologically superior, extra-Solar, amphibian-like Nevians, resulting in the first interstellar war involving humans.

I assumed that classic was synonymous with quality but this is not the case. Human military is therefore annihilated on first encounter.

They also employ some efficient but ruthless people in their ranks; for example, Nadreck of Palain. The first seven places are stated to refer to, in order: But other technical inaccuracies are unintentionally hilarious.

Judge, Jury, and Executioner: The Bergenholm inertialess drive, which was the origin of the trope. Several entire Boskonian homeworlds all of them effectively planet-sized fortresses are destroyed with no survivors over the course of the series, and no one in Civilization ever thinks twice about it. Lebsman is sometimes called the father of space opera. Just plain terrible characterisation and dialog. The women are strong and intelligent, triplannetary – strong enough to tell the men off for being overly macho with a glint in their eyes that says how much they love it really and smart enough to know that they should let the menfolk go off to do their duty while they stay behind to make sure the home is looked after.

Following the success of his Lensman seriesSmith expanded and reworked the novel into the first of two Lensman prequels. So starting in the forth book, the superweapons of choice are planet-sized antimatter bombs and planets travelling in opposite directions and smashing the target between them.