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Edward E. Smith (1) (1890–1965)

Author of Triplanetary

For other authors named Edward E. Smith, see the disambiguation page.

Edward E. Smith (1) has been aliased into E. E. Smith.

8+ Works 8,450 Members 130 Reviews

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Works by Edward E. Smith

Works have been aliased into E. E. Smith.

Triplanetary (1948) — Author — 1,823 copies, 43 reviews
First Lensman (1950) 1,480 copies, 21 reviews
Galactic Patrol (1950) 1,348 copies, 17 reviews
Gray Lensman (1951) 1,322 copies, 14 reviews
Second Stage Lensman (1953) 1,255 copies, 17 reviews
Children of the Lens (1954) 1,219 copies, 18 reviews

Associated Works

Works have been aliased into E. E. Smith.

Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 32 copies

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Legal name
Smith, Edward Elmer
Birthdate
1890-05-02
Date of death
1965-08-31
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
Place of death
Seaside, Oregon, USA

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***Group Read: The Lensman Series (Spoiler-free) in 75 Books Challenge for 2010 (June 2010)

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Awesome book, series is really picking up. Really starting to dig into mind as a power, and the development of the humans by the Arisians.
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LibraryJamesMac | 16 other reviews | Jun 14, 2024 |
The original stories were published in 1934, and later it was expanded and published in book form in 1948. One of the two prequels to the Lensman saga, since the core of the story begins with book 3 (Galactic Patrol).

"Doc" Smith was hugely influential and this was quite original stuff in the 30s. He was basically the inventor of grand pulp space opera sagas, and there are influences of this in Star Wars, for example. The style is energetic and full of action, and the ideas are big and, at the time, original. Two very advanced alien races: one benevolent and the other evil, are involved in a fight lasting many centuries. The benevolent Arisians, working in secret, have manipulated several younger races to produce heroes who will take the lead in fighting the evil Boskone. We briefly visit old Atlantis and the two world wars, before getting into the main part of the story.

Quite old-fashioned, of course, but I'm fine with reading it in context. There are strong-jawed heroes and beautiful damsels who are not strong-jawed or physical fighters, but who are morally brave.

Unfortunately, the writing was a bit too clunky for my taste. I'm not expecting high literature or anything. I know it's pulp, but I have read old pulp that flows much better than this. As soon as we have a passage with fast action, we have another one with long, rambling sentences that slow the pace.

All in all, an interesting read, but I would probably not recommend it except to people who have a historical interest in the origins of pulp space opera.
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jcm790 | 42 other reviews | May 26, 2024 |
Doesn’t age well. If this had been the first I’d read I would not have read another.
 
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P1g5purt | 42 other reviews | Mar 26, 2024 |
It's sad that this is so dated as to be painful to read. The views of science, technology, government, gender, etc. are archaic, which is ok for period fiction, but not really for science fiction.
 
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danielskatz | 42 other reviews | Dec 26, 2023 |

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Rating
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ISBNs
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