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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 3 years ago
(Original Review, 1980-08-08)I also picked up a couple of the Lensmen books after reading about them here in the SF-Lovers newsletter. Umm, as one of those narrow-minded types who happens to think the Golden Age of Science Fiction is right now, I recommend that anyone else who is tempted to do so sc...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 3 years ago
"Nobody does anything for nothing. Altruism is beautiful in theory, but it has never been known to work in practice."In “The First Lensman” by E. E. Doc SmithIn many or most written SF, certainly in SF films, the canny audience member engages in a willing suspension of disbelief. The question for me...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 3 years ago
"Immediately before the Coalescence began there was one,and only one, planetary solar system in the Second Galaxy; and, until the advent of Eddore, the Second Galaxy was entirely devoid of intelligent life"In "Triplanetary" by E. E. "Doc" SmithThere are only three real approaches to physics in SF:1....
Daryl Reads
Daryl Reads rated it 3 years ago
Best of the series yet, worth the read. Interesting early sci-fi.
Shiftyj1 rated it 5 years ago
The first 5 tales of this one were fairly elementary and each very short, adding up to only about 35% of the total length of the collection. Too bad too, because I think a few of them had greater potential and could have used some additional depth. Overall the first stories were only about 3 stars e...
FictionZeal rated it 5 years ago
Ya gotta love Teddy! Actually no one in Mrs. Mumson’s boardinghouse seems to love or even like Teddy too much except for eleven-year-old Eileen. Teddy likes to cut-up; have fun; and even annoy people, but that summer, he was Eileen‘s lifesaver. Bored out of her mind with her chores at the boardin...
inkplot rated it 6 years ago
First of all a huge thanks to P.J. Nunn and the author for providing me a copy of the book to read I can't explain as to why but somehow the whole book for me personally was like sitting in my grandma’s laps and listening to her life when she was young. I guess we all have that moment when we had li...
susanvoss18 rated it 10 years ago
Triplanetary is the first in the Lensman series. EE Smith was the father of the sub-genre 'space opera'. So says the cover. I really enjoyed the big sweeping operatic take - the stroll through human history up to present day, and shooting past to the future when humans have populated at least the so...
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Dantastic Book Reviews rated it 13 years ago
George Lucas and the creators of the Silver Age Green Lantern both owe Doc Smith's estate some fat cash. Here's why:The Lensmen are, to put it simply, a galactic police force armed with starships and most of all, the Lens. The Lens is a large gemlike object set into a wristband that allows the wie...
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous
Uncertain, Fugitive, Half-fabulous rated it 14 years ago
And so, the most epic of space operas--and really, the first such epic space opera--comes to its close. Wow.All things considered, Children of the Lens is not QUITE as good as the penultimate book in the series. E.E. Smith's characters do not have the most depth in the world, and so as the series we...
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