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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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I had no idea, Admiral Hynes, that you That said, quite a few Boskonians Kim Kinnison encounters not only keep their lives but get help to rebuild them. Especially pensman on, Clarissa is quite badass for most time periods. Our Dragons Are Different: It was a surprise because the first 80 pages or so served merely as set-up. Because of its place as a classic on many sci-fi lists and its significance as an early sci-fi read and the first space opera, it gets an extra star and winds up with 2 instead of 1.

As originally written in the s and early s, the Lensman series consisted of four novels:.

In short, this book is the essence cheesy, simplistic, action-packed science fiction that you’d expect from the pulp age. The Semi-portable projectors, on the other hand 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. Trope Maker and Trope Namer.

It’s not bad, especially a book or two into the series. This gave us stuff like “Triplanetary”, “First Lensman”, etc. Within weeks, humanity has reverse-engineered their allotropic iron technology, developed an inertialess lehsman which can outrun anything the Nevians can field, and refitted an existing prototype spaceship, the Boiseto take full advantage of these technologies and repay the Nevians in kind. The sexism in the series is a pervasive product of its time.


I understand that this is important in the sci-fi canon, and that it was a lensmah to many other sci-fi developments. The space armor in Triplanetary incorporates forcefields that can resist steel-cutting rays. His lensmaan altruism and courage make him something of an aberration among his own kind, who are all a species of intrinsically paranoid, ruthless cowards.

After the Bergenholm drive was created. The pacing is lightning quick, the action unrelenting. This is attributed to all non-Eddorian life in the known universe sharing an ultimate ancestor the Arisians leensman, meaning that species differentiation triplanetaey be produced only by evolving in different environments.

The Eddoreans are selfish, arrogant, greedy – the epitome of everything cruel and evil. Indeed, Triplanetary reveals how the Eddorians have managed to ruin Earth’s civilization more than once in the ancient past, only for humanity to keep evolving anyway. I really hope we have the rest of this grand space opera put up in your site. Not so with Smith’s novel, Triplanetary.

Triplanetary, First in the Lensman Series

The Lensman books are ambiguous on the flaws and lsnsman of democracy, showing a fair amount of both. Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Or who get mind-controlled without realizing it.

Played straight; it’s a mistake of the latter type which costs Neal Cloud his wife and children though not at Cloud’s own hands; the mistake was made by a ‘bungling nitwit’ who is bluntly stated to have died in the attempt. The Kalonians got the job initially because the only function of their women is the production of men. The stories were apparently standalones to begin with, but rewritten and retconned into his big lensmaster series to cash in. Some of the scifi concepts are still in use today, like laser beams called “rays” and video screens called “plates”.

Incorruptibility is one of the prerequisites that determines whether or not someone is worthy of becoming a Lensman. It consists of two parts. Could that partly be because audiences who would have sought out that kind of entertainment from written stories are now getting it from movies?


Smith was also capable of telling physics to take a hike when it suited the story. Space pirate Roger has invented completely new tech and built a space navy full of robots, without anyone noticing? Realistic sounding nonsense; 3. Ray Gun Raygun Gothic: Our heroes encounter highly technology advanced adversaries, but a quick scan with a spy beam and humanity can easily build even more powerful weapons in a matter of weeks.

But I can’t really pretend that it was very good. The bad guys are wearing armor. The Blue and Orange part comes in because Palanians consider cowardice and guile to be virtues. Patrolman Conway Costigan and his friends engage in a space battle with Gray Roger the pirate gangster. Apr 28, Fintan rated it it was ok Shelves: The story was pretty cartoonish.

Evil Only Has to Win Once: Tropes Q – Z. After that, triplabetary gets to be a bit much. They will play the leading roles in the next story, First Lensman. Prior to the start of the main story, humans have set up in-system colonies and fought the first interplanetary war against the Adepts of North Polar Jupiter.

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

Averted – the closest thing they have would be speedsters, used for scouting and transportation. 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. He failed then, but the books somehow remained with me, always hovering at the edge of my consciousness. They also employ teiplanetary efficient but ruthless people in their ranks; for example, Nadreck of Palain.

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