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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Costigan has to lead his team to escape the alien menace and save the Triplanetary systems from iron-stealing aliens and Roger. I can honestly say that. Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Your lesson will now begin. The people of Sol are much more than that, and prove it. With their telepathic powers and incorruptibilitythe Lensmen generally don’t bother with trials or due process.

However, this book isn’t trying to be a nuanced and ttiplanetary tale; it is oensman striving to be entertaining escapism. Humanity, on the other hand, while having the fewest special strengthshad no specific weaknesses. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero! Played straight; it’s a mistake of the latter type which costs Neal Cloud his leneman 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.

But I read those as I’ve heard people rave about how Doc Smith’s trippanetary was one of the early space operas and that it influenced many later science fiction masterpieces. The next bit, in Rome, however, is a straightforward story of gladiatorial combat and a slave revolt. He considers that mission a fiasco because he failed to get them to kill one another instead, and his species values self-preservation as much as those strange, triplnetary Tellurians value courage.

The Valerian space axe.

In a time when we are blessed with SFF characters who travel in shades of grey, it can be relaxing to leneman to a series where good is good, and that’s all there is to it. I can see the seeds that planted in later sci-fi authors and there are some great ideas here, but I found it was poorly written and at times the author really didn’t seem to know where he was planning on going and it meandered a lot.


I loved how the perspectives of different alien races is involved, it makes for a great story. Fish with brains, waging war!

leneman And maybe that’s my problem. The Zabriskan fontema, which lensmxn its entire life rolling in a straight line across its flat desert homeworld to collect solar energy because it literally cannot do anything else — it can’t turn, and it can’t stop itself from trying to roll forward, no matter what gets put in its path.

Neal Cloud realises this aversion just before he blows out Vortex Number One – the resultant explosion is considerably more violent than he had originally anticipated, and the careful preparations made for his safety are woefully inadequate.

Spacemen have their own god, named Klono, who shows up in expletives teiplanetary “Holy Klono’s tungsten teeth and curving carballoy claws! It is also explained that Gharlane had previously disguised himself as Nero. The first part of this book made no sense to me, a series of vignettes or episodes: Their planet is in a galactic region that has very little iron, lrnsman they use triplznetary an energy source, so they set out with a spaceship to try to obtain more.

I suppose it was about time for me to read this first volume in the famous Lensman series. Civilization is unquestionably good, but equally unquestionably not always nice. The things SF writers feel they need to explain! The Arisians’ “Visualization of the Cosmic All”, which effectively gives them precognition from sufficiently analyzing a person or object.

Kinnison sometimes approaches this as well, though not to the same degree.

The Lens functions as a psychic enhancer for humans, at least and is attuned to its user in such a way that anyone else who tries to use or handle it is killed instantly. Neal Cloud, a mathematical prodigy who heads up the scientific efforts to do all three, is inspired to develop a means for their destruction when he loses his family to one and sets out to clear the galaxy of them. Aug 28, Nigel Mitchell rated it it was ok. Even the ability to withstand another being’s telepathic attacks is as much down to willpower as innate ability.


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Virgil Samms feels like this after establishing maybe second or third contact with the Palainians. That’s when they aren’t going into hysterics of course. You get dreadnought spaceships colliding in battle, If you want pulp-era space opera, this is what you read. The Blue and Orange part comes in because Palanians consider cowardice and guile to be virtues. When a minor bad guy decides to torture information out of Jill Samms, he starts proceedings by putting his cigarette lennsman on the skin just under her armpit.


Kinnison, while disguised as Major Gannel, arranged for this to happen to himself. The Corps’ creators deny this, although later they made amends by adding GLs named after elements of Lensman.

Virginia Samms is disqualified from being a Lensman for this reason, and she says that there will one day be a woman Lensman, but she’ll be an absolute freak of nature. Trope Maker and Trope Namer.

In a heroic example, Kimball Kinnison goes undercover as “Major Gannel” on Thrale and rises far enough in the ranks during his mission to become the next and last Tyrant of the planet.

Earth scientists manage to reverse-engineer alien technology in a couple of days? But even compared to pulp fiction of the time, this story is pretty weak. This isn’t done very successfully, especially in the first few where it all seems very tacked on. Our Nudity Is Different: Incorruptibility is one of the prerequisites that determines whether or not someone is worthy of becoming a Lensman.