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Triplanetary (original 1948; edition 2007)

by Elmer Edward Smith

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Title:Triplanetary
Authors:Elmer Edward Smith
Info:IndyPublish (2007), Paperback, 156 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:Science Fiction

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I have to give the Lensman books at least four stars for their nostalgia value, and that they began me on a life of love for science fiction. I'll have read them first in my very early teens, probably around the time of the original Star Wars trilogy, on which they are no doubt a huge influence. I think these are probably the finest of 'Doc' Smith's ripping space adventures - powered by derring do and the fight for justice, with square jawed heroes and their beautiful women, a World's Fair-type optimism of technology and a complete lack of regard for the laws of physics.

The good guys practically wear white hats, perfect physical and mental specimens that could adorn a recruitment poster for the US Army or the Wehrmacht. The women are strong and intelligent, too - strong enough to tell the men off for being overly macho (with a glint in their eyes that says how much they love it really) and smart enough to know that they should let the menfolk go off to do their duty while they stay behind to make sure the home is looked after.

Smith told the stories with a vibrancy that left the reader breathless at the adventure and heroism, with enough scientific gobbledygook to instill a sense of wonder - silvery teardrop shaped spacecraft powered by and 'intertia-less' drive that could fling them out of the solar system in a matter of seconds, ray guns that dealt death to the bad guys (but only after refusing the chance to change their ways, of course) and the mighty Lenses - weapon, communication device and symbol of the Galactic Patrol's righteous power, handed to humanity by the ancient peace-loving alien civilisation the Arisians to fight the evil Eddorians.

I've been meaning to re-read them all for some time, but perhaps they should be left in the past, infused with the fond glow of childhood discovery, remnant of a mythical time without cynicism and postmodernism, when we could ignore the complexities of the real world and pretend that all problems could be solved if people would just accept that granite jawed white men were always right. So I'll just remember watching a couple of episodes of Flash Gordon on Saturday morning TV (with Larry 'Buster' Crabbe, of course), maybe see Errol Flynn best the Sheriff of Nottingham, then ride my bike to the top of the hill and sit reading about the noble Lensmen. ( )
1 vote Pezski | Jun 8, 2017 |
I found this novel read like a WWII war-adventure story set in space. Interesting world building but not sure if I feel it is worth it to return to the Lensman universe. ( )
  kale.dyer | Jul 29, 2016 |
Amateur and immature construction and prose mar the execution of a supreme imagination. Having written Galactic Patrol, this volume was cobbled together out of a number of stories, some of them re-written to become part of the series. This shows. Parts 1 & 2 are particularly poor and could be entirely excised from the book to its overall improvement. There's is however, something to be said for part 3. The special effects are superb and the visualisation of idiosyncratic space battles and technology are second to none. If you want to know where Lucas got the idea for the Death Star, then this is it. The shockingly low standard of prose continues throughout the book but it's PERHAPS worth it... if you're an sf nut like me. ( )
  Lukerik | Nov 17, 2015 |
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  ngunity | Nov 23, 2014 |

This book is just about a cheezy as they get while still being readable and enjoyable in its own way. It is horrendously dated and uses very, very two-dimensional characters (nearly one dimensional) but it is actually fairly well plotted and internally consistent. I enjoyed it again as an adult - but not nearly so much as a child. But that could be said for many novels.
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  stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Smith, Edward E.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Donnell, A. J.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foss, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaughan, JackCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mattingly, David B.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425053830, Mass Market Paperback)

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 greatest space-opera saga ever told. Through a series of vignettes spanning millions of years, readers will learn how the titanic struggle between the good Arisians and the evil Eddorians first came to pass, and about how humanity was chosen (and bred) to assume the awesome power of the lens. A short foreword by science fiction scholar John Clute puts the entire series into perspective.

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From the atomic age in Atlantis to a world remote in space and time, two incredible ancient races, the Arisians and the Eddorians, are in the midst of an interstellar war- with Earth as the prize.

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