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Posted October 22, 2011
A blast from the past - enjoyably simple read
I probably read this one 40 years ago when I was heavily into SCIFI. It seems childishly simple now but interesting in its own way. Examples - the speculative science is at times all right and at times all wrong but it's cool that doc was more on track than not. The cultural factors - the ozzie and harriet relationships, edging around racial issues -- typical of the days. It was a fun read priced about right. Not sure if I will pickup any other 'lensmen' stories but who knows.
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Posted October 14, 2011
None of the editions of this marvelous read is the one that was published in 1958. This is the edition that was specially revised by the author. An entire section was missing between the first one or two pages of chapter one, and when "Steel Becomes Interested", chapter two. This is why the earlier editions as published in the Science Fiction magazine "Analog" never made it into print by Pyramid Books. No doubt, the Chief Editor sent these 'rough' manuscripts back as needing more work. I'm surprised that heirs of E.E. Smith didn't know that.
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Posted June 12, 2011
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