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by Edward Elmer "Doc" Smith

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Triplanetary 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Zoc More than 1 year ago
This book is not the first book in the Lensman series. It's the original, 1934 "Triplanetary" story, which is now public domain, combined with the public domain "Masters of Space" story. If that's what you're looking for, everything is fine - please enjoy the book. However, if you're looking for the 1948 Triplanetary book which begins the Lensman series, this isn't it. That book was created when Smith reworked this earlier story and added additional material essential for enjoying the Lensman series. So, don't be misled.
Danuke More than 1 year ago
The first half (major history i.e. setting) of the book i.e. SERIES is missing. This is where a negative reader rating is needed. How did this happen?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Begun in the 30s and completed in the 50s, the Lensman series was the source of the Foundation trilogy, Star Trek, and Star Wars. The plot is simple, the prose is purple, the characters are cardboard, and the sex roles are dated; but the books are full of action on a grandiose scale, and are just a lot of fun. I loved them as a kid in the 60s and so does my 9 year old son today. (The series is G rated and the purple prose is full of advanced vocabulary that is ideal for reading aloud with a middle-schooler. The sex roles and some odd eugenics concepts can be dismissed as farce. A little more worrisome, by present-day standards, is the simplistic and somewhat militaristic moral attitude of pure good versus pure evil - but it is, after all, a war story modelled on World War II.) The first book in the series (and the best place to start) is actually Galactic Patrol, followed by Grey Lensman, Second Stage Lensman, and Children of the Lens; Triplanetary and First Lensman are prequels that were written later. The Old Earth editions, however, are supposed to be good (see the review for Grey Lensman), and it may be worth picking them up while they are still in print.
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