I tried to like this, I really did Some books age well but this one does not stand the test of time 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 wher I m not terribly ashamed to admit I like Doc Smith, since I m in good company see Robert Heinlein s Larger than Life Heinlein s apology for Smith covers most of the usual criticisms the hackneyed dialogue, the Mauve Decade values, the liberal use of space opera stereotypes such as bug eyed monsters although note, please, that these hadn t been overused yet during Smith s time.But I secretly hope that, in a different life, I too might wear the Lens.and in any case, to be a credit to th I m not terribly Notice This Book Is Published By Historical Books Limited Wwwpublicdomain As A Public Domain Book, If You Have Any Inquiries, Requests Or Need Any Help You Can Just Send An Email To Publications Publicdomain This Book Is Found As A Public Domain And Free Book Based On Various Online Catalogs, If You Think There Are Any Problems Regard Copyright Issues Please Contact Us Immediately Via DMCA Publicdomain This review is of the shorter, original version, because I somehow grabbed that one instead of the other one from Project Gutenberg.Whether or not Triplanetary is a good book depends on one s expectations, I guess I was expecting, due to it s age, a pulpy adventure That s exactly what I got If you are wanting somethingcerebral or otherwisesuited to modern tastes, I suggest reading something else.The characters are pretty much archetypes, but such wonderful examples of them that I This review is of the shorter, original version, because I somehow grabbed that one instead of the other one from Project Gutenberg.Whether or not Triplanetary is a good book depends on one s expectations, I guess I was expecting, due to it s age, a pulpy adventure That s exactly what I got If you are wanting somethingcerebral or otherwisesuited to modern tastes, I suggest reading something else.The characters are pretty much archetypes, but such wonderful examples of them that I found it hard to be annoyed And ClioI ve read lots of much later sf where the female characters werepurely ornamental than her She wasn t quite an action hero on her own yet, but in her you see the elements that began the path to females who didn t need a man to rescue them.And I think I ve got a crush on Costigan He was so utterly heroic and devoted to Clio I I only heard of the Lensman series recently In his introduction to the copy of Foundation that I just read, Isaac Asimov said he was surprised when his series won the Hugo Award for best series of all time in 1966, because he was sure J.R.R Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings would win This didn t make sense to me, since Tolkien s work isn t sci fi, it s fantasy, but whatever The other series that were up for consideration were Robert A Heinlein s future history series, Edgar Rice Burroughs I only heard of the Lensman series recently In his introduction to the copy of Foundation that I just read, Isaac Asimov said he was surprised when his series won the Hugo Award for best series of all time in 1966, because he was sure J.R.R Tolkien s The Lord of the Rings would win This didn t make sense to me, since Tolkien s work isn t sci fi, it s fantasy, but whatever The other series that were up for consideration were Robert A Heinlein s future history series, Edgar Rice Burroughs s Barsoom series, and E.E Doc Smith s Lensman series.So when I found a pile of the Lensman books sitting on top Old fashioned space opera.Two ancient races battle for the universe, and Earth is a battleground, only most earthling don t know it.It sounds like something I d like, but surprisingly, it simply didn t hit the spot I think it was the combining Lovecraftian and Cold War elements into the same novel. 1.5 stars Classic space opera by one of the fathers of the genre First in the Lensman Series Not horrible though the dialogue at times made me wince , but I didn t really like either This seems to be the weakest entry of the Lensman saga though it does set the stage well for the later novels. Probably one of the worst books I ve ever read The first half was stapled on in 1948 as a sort of prequel to the Lensman novels The back half was the original story from 1934 Most fascinating is the anti fascism fears mixed with cold war Don t trust my rating of this book it s part of my childhood, when I read it over and over again, and I have no way of objectively rating it.For reasons I no longer recall, I got rid of these books at some point, probably during a house move when I was trying to de clutter I found all seven in the series in a second hand book shop a few years ago and, struck by nostalgia, I bought them all Reading them again, I found that the clunky writing, the cardboard characters, the outdated social s Don t trust my rating of this book it s part of my childhood, when I read it over and over again, and I have no way of objectively rating it.For reasons I no longer recall, I got rid of these books at some point, probably during a house move when I was trying to de clutter I found all seven in the series in a second hand book shop a few years ago and, struck by nostalgia, I bought them all Reading them again, I found that the clunky writing, the cardboard characters, the outdated social s, the bad science everything that should make me drop this book like a venomous snake was just charming I was a kid again, thrilling to the adventures of Kim Kinninson and his spaceship crew.The golden glow of summer a Reading Bishop Barnes s rather interesting Scientific Theory and Religion earlier this evening, I was reminded of E.E Doc Smith s dreadful space opera series Both authors, writing in the early 30s, are extremely concerned about current theories of planetary formation this was the period when most scientists believed that the Solar System started when another star had a near miss with our own sun, dragging matter out of it by tidal forces I am kind of surprised that so many people took this t Reading Bishop Barnes s rather interesting Scientific Theory and Religion earlier this evening, I was reminded of E.E Doc Smith s dreadful space opera series Both authors, writing in the early 30s, are extremely concerned about current theories of planetary formation this was the period when most scientists believed that the Solar System started when another star had a near miss with our own sun, dragging matter out of it by tidal forces I am