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 · 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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I loved the idea of the galactic power struggle.

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Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or lensma aware of the series identification eg. Jan 24, Corytregoart rated it it was ok Recommends it for: They were four of the greatest minds in the Universe: And then a third of the way through the book, we’re in space opera territory; our heroes are kidnapped by space pirates, re-kidnapped http: But the whole mess between Triplanetary the human alliance and these amphibian aliens could have been avoided, had someone just stopped for a moment and talked about the abundance of iron resources available in the asteroid belt.

The movie is a loose adaptation of the series. Or a compromise order: A churning nuclear fireball, appea… More. Alien races of two galaxies sort themselves into the allied, Lens-bearing adherents of “Civilization” and the enemy “Boskone”.

Series: Lensman: Chronological order

The first few stories are alright taken as they are, an ancient Roman gladiator story, a war story, but not much SF to be found there. The Arisians describe this as the “most nearly dkc creation the universe has ever seen” and state that they, who created it, are themselves almost entirely ignorant of its powers.


They fight on both physical and mental levels, wielding weaponry of inconceivable destructiveness. Views Read Edit View history. I really liked this book. Triplanetary was also a surprise because this pre-Korean Conflict novel presents an interesting perspective on the early atomic age.

Most confusingly, lensmn Atlanteans possess futuristic technology, such as planes and jeeps. In his introduction to the copy of Foundation that I just read, Isaac Asimov said he was surprised when his series won the Hugo Award for best series of all time inbecause he was sure J.

In the next, you have a mysterious alien power melting an entire fleet. This seems to be the weakest entry of the Lensman saga though smlth does set the stage well for the later novels.

This will result in the formation of billions of planets and the development of life upon some of them. To create a series or add a work to it, go to a “work” page. I plan to read more of the series, not least because Smifh have the whole stack sitting on my shelf at home, but I didn’t feel as if this was a great introduction.

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In the magazine versions, odc reader gradually became aware along with the protagonist of a greater struggle smitu going on behind the scenes, so the series had the impact of a long mystery, not finally resolved until the last installment of the last novel.

I am personally a fan of approach 2. This gave us stuff like “Triplanetary”, “First Lensman”, etc. The actual sequence for “reading” the series should start with Triplanetary and move straight through to Masters of the Vortex. At least they made sense. Chronicles of the Lensmen, Volume 1 by E.

Lensman Series

It cannot be lenmsan by anyone other than its owner, will kill any other wearer, and even a brief touch is extremely painful. The next bit, in Rome, however, is a straightforward story of gladiatorial combat and a slave revolt.


And then a third of the way through the book, we’re in space opera territory; our heroes are kidnapped by space pirates, re-kidnapped by an amphibian race, themselves under attack by other forces: I’m not sure how this novel was constructed, but it feels piecemeal. Galactic Patrol The space-pirates of Boskone raided at will, menacing the whole structure of interstellar civilization.

In sum, this book is filled to the brim with unplausible plot points and ridiculous coincidences. I understand that this is important in the sci-fi canon, and that it was a precursor to many other sci-fi developments.

The Eddorian shields are destroyed along with the Eddorian High Council. If you like your fiction a bit more serious, more carefully constructed and all that. His voices of the aliens sounded like cartoon voices; you know the kind – from low budget TV cartoons with limited oensman in the animation. Oct 06, Carlex rated it liked it Shelves: The movie’s adaptation was created by Moribi Murano and divided into three volumes.

Sep 23, Jaime rated it it was ok. Why must they all be so seriees these days? Their children, a boy and two pairs of fraternal twin sisters, grow up to be the five Children of the Lens. The situation is even worse than that; Dr Smith originally set Galactic Patrol in a universe explicitly different from Triplanetary.